Overcome: The word that has defined the Sharks playoff run thus far is probably starting to sound a bit redundant, especially to all non-Shark supporting hockey fans.
And while winning a postseason series after dropping the first two games at home is an arduous task, if there is any team capable of doing it, it would have to be the Sharks.
Why? Because the last three times the Sharks dropped the opening two games of a series at home saw them force a game six.
And one of those series came in their only other Western Conference appearance back in 2004. San Jose came back to tie that series against the Calgary Flames with wins in games 3 and 4 at Calgary to tie the series 2-2.
While it is true that San Jose lost all three of these series in six games, the fact remains that they found a way to battle back and, at the very least, made those series interesting.
In fact, in the series against Dallas back in 2008, the Sharks were an thrilling 4OT winner away from forcing a seventh game back in San Jose after being down 3-0 in that series.
In other words, for as big of a playoff "choking" label as the Sharks have been given over the years, they never quit on a series.
Perhaps they quit on a non-elimination game every once in awhile, but they never quit on a series.
Furthermore, the task at hand for the Sharks is to win four of the next five games.
And wouldn't you know it, the Sharks have done that in both the previous rounds.
They won four out five against Colorado after dropping the opening game and dispatched the Red Wings in five games.
And lest we forget, the team the Sharks just eliminated was the same team that defeated Chicago in last year's Western Conference Final.
Clearly, there are enough positives to draw on to give the Sharks and their fans hope that they can still get back in the series.
Now as for tonight's game three specifically, there are five particular reasons to why the Sharks will bounce back and win.