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Yes, I'm quite aware this game hasn't happened yet.
I'm also quite aware the Sharks were dominated in Game 6, and showed nothing close to the urgency required to put away the Red Wings. Or that the Sharks blew their third lead in three tries to close out the Red Wings after taking a commanding 3-0 series lead.
We can all remember the "sweeping changes" promised by Doug Wilson following the 2009 exit against the Ducks. We can all remember the pain, as the Sharks were swept by the eventual champion Blackhawks a year ago.
And yet here it is, a game that hasn't even happened yet topping this list of wonderful moments in Sharks playoff history.
Make no mistake—Game 7 is the biggest game in the Doug Wilson era for the Sharks organization, regardless of the outcome.
Why, you may ask? The Sharks need their stars to show up and play desperate hockey to prevent becoming the fourth team since 1939 to blow a 3-0 series lead. There are no excuses for blowing a 3-0 series lead, no fathomable reason to fail in Game 7.
The stage has been set, the situation is inescapable and excuses irrelevant.
Win and it's yet another defining moment in a season full of such moments.
Lose, and it will undoubtedly cause a ripple effect through the organization, where no player, coach or front office staffer is safe, and rightfully so.
Either way, the Sharks and their fans will know what the team is made of come Thursday night.