Coming into the series with the Avs, Sharks staunchly denied that the "Ghosts of Failures Past" would come knocking on the door. These denials became such an overpowering voice and singular message that it seemed quite clear that, despite the Sharks denials, they did have Scrooge in the back of their minds.
Well, its a good thing that Game One is over and we put those worries to rest once and for all, right?
Coming into the game with the young, fast, and hungry Avs, who only last year were the worst team in the West, the Sharks looked to change their fortunes. Someone forgot to tell the Sharks, as they sleepwalked through the second period and poured gas onto the fires of doubt, rather than putting forth the effort that might otherwise have quelled those rumblings.