It may come as a surprise to folks watching the Western Conference standings, but the Anaheim Ducks might actually amount to something this year.
This weekend, San Jose truly struggled with the Ducks in a home-and-home series, which brings an interesting perspective to the Sharks’ post season aspirations. If Anaheim falls to eighth place in the Western Conference, San Jose could meet it in the first round.
Anaheim could be a postseason spoiler for San Jose.
There’s no doubt who is the better team: San Jose dominates the Western Conference. The only team to come close is the Red Wings. Beyond that, the next closest team is behind San Jose by twenty one points.
That isn’t the point, though. We are talking about the postseason, and quite frankly, the postseason has not been the San Jose Sharks’ cup of tea in the past few years.
But who was it that, two seasons ago, took home the Stanley Cup trophy?
I believe it was the Anaheim Ducks.
We are four games away from the end of the season and the power-house San Jose Sharks almost lost back-to-back games to a team that they very well could end up playing in first round of the playoffs.
A team with names like Niedermayer, Selanne, and Getzlaf.
A team with Stanley Cup experience.
Teams like San Jose stumble, but this was no fluke in the schedule. This weekend meant something for this match-up. If you saw the intensity at the end of the second game, you’d take notice that Anaheim really wanted to stick it to Jumbo Joe and the Sharks, just inches and seconds away from putting the puck into San Jose’s net.
You could see the anger in Ryan Getzlaf’s eyes when he spun around to pummel his opponent in a brawl as the game ended. This man, this leader, wanted victory, and he was robbed. It showed conviction, something that doesn’t show in Anaheim’s record, but came in a flash of thunder Sunday night.
Anaheim isn’t a Stanley Cup Team. Just spoilers. If the Ducks make eighth place, we’ll see what happens with San Jose.