Game Five is upon us and the stage has been set, as the Sharks return having evened the series and making it a best of three. Every game so far has been won by one goal, and the last three stretching into OT. These two teams have played a grand total 256:37 without either side being up by two. And although there have been some dominant stretches of play by the Sharks, Game Four proved to be more of a test as the Avs seemed to even out play, winning more individual battles and faceoffs.
The Avalanche come into Game Five loose, young, and hungry as they have been all series. They know they are playing with house money and it shows in their play and effort. And while it's true that the pressure of the past may weigh on the Sharks, here's three quick reasons why I think we take Game Five.