2010 NHL Playoff: Five Keys to a Sharks Win in Game Four

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2010 NHL Playoff: Five Keys to a Sharks Win in Game Four

You may have heard the sound, wherever you reside, live or happened to be late Monday night.

The painful, collective groans from Sharks fans who saw flashes of past postseason failures, of past wrongs, of past games and past series losses.

However, similar or ill fated our losses or goals against have been this series, these are not your "old" Sharks.

The 2010 Sharks are a vastly different group from make-up to character.

They have played near the apex of their abilities and have hurdled every obstacle possible.

Can you say this would have happened in any other year before this one?

The determination and grit they have displayed throughout this series thus far, and dominating play from end to end on a consistent basis is certainly a new revelation for fans and critics alike.

I picked the Sharks to win in five, and it was not a prognostication stemming from disrespect for the Avalanche by any stretch.

Craig Anderson has been superb in net thus far, and the Avs youth, speed and hunger, while balanced with key veteran leadership, is definitely the foundation for this team moving forward.

And while Anderson has played out of his mind (193 shots to Colorado's 76), history will show that the Sharks have a pattern of making goalies look great in the playoffs, more on that later.

To say all the obvious cliches, a must-win, a pivotal game four, a do-or-die game, and so on is a waste of time and breath. Cliches will not drive home the point to the Sharkies, but their new found drive and determination will.

And for those fans who are quick to take a bite from the sky is falling sandwich, I would fondly suggest these five keys to a Sharks victory tonight.

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