It doesn't matter how old you are, or how long you have followed the San Jose Sharks. Whether you had season tickets at the Cow Palace or only jumped on the bandwagon after their 20-game streak, one thing remains the same...
You have witnessed, bar none, the most pathetic game in team history.
Tonight's loss at the Pavilion is officially nominated for the following awards:
*Sloppiest Game in San Jose Sharks History
*Game Most Rife with Inexplicable, Stupid Gaffs
*Game in Which Team Stars Are Most Absent
Indeed, for my money, Game 2 of the 2008 Conference Semi-Finals was a performance so scathingly bad, that it's hard to know where to start.
So let's start with the aspect of their game that was pitiful but not quite as pathetic as some others:
The puck seemed to be magnetically attracted to the Sharks zone, with Dallas registering more good setups than one could count. And San Jose seemed intent upon ensuring that the puck stayed precisely where it was — failed attempts to clear the puck more or less defined the evening.
Another part of the night that more or less defined the loss was the complete absence of the big boys: Thornton, Marleau, Cheechoo, and Nabby. Give Dallas credit for the their beautiful game winner in the third period, but other than that, it was the likely Vezina recipient who just didn't have the net covered.
Not that Joe or Patty offered much on the other side of the ice. The captain's greatest highlight was his non-execution on a great two-on-one opportunity. Thornton may or may not have been in the building, it was difficult to tell.
But that only sums up the poor hockey. Poor hockey was the least of their worries. Stupidity was their worst liability.
Now I'm not going to call Joe Pavelski "stupid" for slipping and giving up a third period lead. But I'll bet that the rest of the team has to feel pretty dumb for the manner in which they let it slay their confidence.
And Rivet has to wonder about the brain fart that was his Unsportsman Like Conduct penalty against a team with a stunningly effective powerplay.
The only way one can conclude an evening like this is by thinking back unlongingly to the playoffs of two years ago, when the Sharks blew a two game lead against Edmonton. Let's hope that the opposite can happen this time around.
Time to go puke.