San Jose Sharks 5-Step Plan to Contend for 2013 Stanley Cup

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San Jose Sharks 5-Step Plan to Contend for 2013 Stanley Cup
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Brad Stuart is one of five current San Jose Sharks to have won a Stanley Cup

When the San Jose Sharks fought off the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday night to go to 6-0, they all but assured that failure to contend for the 2013 Stanley Cup would be seen as a choke.

Most already see that as the narrative. Only Detroit has a longer streak of making it into the playoffs, but San Jose loses series they are supposed to win.

Those who follow the Sharks know better.

Only Detroit and Philadelphia have also hosted three conference title series in the last eight seasons, and only Detroit has more series wins than San Jose over that time. Only two series were truly upsets no matter how the teams were seeded.

Still, the window is closing on this aging core and this likely has to be the year. Getting there is going to require success in five areas of their game...

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