Two weeks ago, I thought that the Sharks MIGHT have a better chance than any other team to win the Stanley Cup.
Now I think that they DEFINITELY deserve the title of "Team to Beat."
The shocking dominance by Jeremy Roenick in tonight's game symbolizes everything that this team is made of—and stands in direct contrast to the last three underachieving squads.
Surrender a lead in game seven? No big deal, there's plenty of gas left in the tank.
Was momentum completely snuffed in game three and game six? Yeah, but so what? Truly great teams know how to move on.
Did the Sharks trail their opponent at some point during six of the seven games that took place in this series? Sure, but they came back with a vengeance.
Were they able to get production out of their less-than-marquee players? Perhaps you should ask that question to Ryan Clowe.
Not since the Sharks first-ever playoff series victory, against Detroit fourteen years ago, has the team shown such resiliency. And given how badly the Sharks collapsed last year, after nearly taking a 3-to-1 series lead in the conference semifinals, or the year before, when Edmonton came back to run the table, this is all very welcomed.
It looks like Ron Wilson and his players have learned from their previous playoff opponents and figured out how to overcome daunting deficits.
Either that or they signed a future Hall of Fame veteran in Roenick, who's teeming with grit and saves all of his goods for the biggest of games.