Here we go again. San Jose, once again, is one of the top in the West and is in the playoffs. In the spirit of Chandler from "Friends," "Can this BE anymore predictable?"
With all the talent they have on that team, I'm surprised that they never made it far in the playoffs these last couple of years. Joe Thornton has been under scrutiny about how he just shuts down in the playoffs, and how Nabokov plays frozen when in goal during the playoffs. Every year, all everyone says is "This is the year for the Sharks to step up and win it." And every year, the same people are disappointed.
Luckily for the Sharks this year, they added international superstar Dany Heatley. The trio of Thornton, Heatley, and Marleau have been one of the top NHL lines the whole season, and have yet to disappoint. Although the three may have success this season, they still have much to prove. Thornton has yet been successful in the playoffs. While he may be one of the best assist men in the league, he is one of the worst disappointments in the playoffs.
Healtey was given the diva image after the whole debacle with him and the Ottawa Senators before the season, and is hoping to remove the tag with a Stanley Cup to his name. And Marleau may have had one of his worst offseasons, during which he was stripped of his captaincy because of a disappointing season before.
If the trio and Nabokov can win the coveted trophy, all of them can silence the critics and get rid of the main word put upon them: disappointment.