San Jose Sharks: 3 Ways the Culture in San Jose Must Change

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San Jose Sharks: 3 Ways the Culture in San Jose Must Change
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Another year, another late round exit for the San Jose Sharks. The team from the South Bay came up short in the playoffs yet again, falling to the Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference Finals. This coming after a 2010 that ended in much the same way, when the Sharks were swept by the Chicago Blackhawks.

Many teams would be happy with back-to-back Conference Finals, but it is all too familiar for the people of San Jose, who continue to see their team play tremendous hockey during the regular season, only to come up short in the playoffs.

It was an up-and-down playoffs for the Sharks. At one moment, they were riding high after a good effort against the Los Angeles Kings led to 3-0 lead against the Detroit Red Wings in the second round. Three straight losses later, the Sharks were a bad Game 7 away from completely blowing the team up and starting over.

Fortunately, a strong final game defeated the Red Wings in seven games, and a sense of relief was felt around the Bay Area.

Still, this year's Western Conference Finals seemed just like 2010. The Sharks were over-matched and seemed to not belong on the same ice with the Vancouver Canucks, or the 2010 Blackhawks, for that matter.

How do the Sharks get over the hump and into the Stanley Cup Finals?

Not blowing up the team, that's for sure.

A few tweaks here and there should do it, but that is what the Sharks have been doing these last several years, with nothing to show but two heart-breaking losses in the Western Conference Finals.

Next season is a new season, but there is a lot to change in the culture of the team between now and then.

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