Sharks-Ducks: Game Five a 'Lil Home Cooking and Perseverance

John MoralesContributor IApril 26, 2009

SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 25:  The San Jose Sharks celebrate after scoring the game winning goal in overtime against the Anaheim Ducks during Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on April 25, 2009 in San Jose, California. The Sharks won 3-2 in overtime.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The San Jose Sharks made a huge statement last night. What is that statement? In one word: perseverance!

The top line guys came out and did what they needed to do: play big, play strong and take it to the Ducks. Joe, Patty, and Devin all worked hard and deserved full marks for coming in and leading this team—proving the fans, media, and to themselves that they will not go down without a fight.

As a fan who has questioned the leadership core of this team, I got a huge smack in the face by the play of these players. And I’m happy to report that I’m glad I did. I want this team to show up every night like this.

To persevere when they are down. To make it count when needed most.  

Also Cheech, JR, and Torry Mitchell played really strong and seem really hungry for some goals. Keep it up boys!

Is this the momentum change that the Sharks need?

I can’t say for sure, but I think that the boys in teal are going to turn some heads on Monday night—facing the adversity and proving what champions are made of.

The Ducks again played a strong game and Jonas Hiller stood on his head. Their D is a killer squad and is great at shutting the door on a lot of plays.

The Ducks' top line is definitely a force to be reckoned. I was recently told I need to give more credit to the Duck and their game, my response to that?

No! Why?

The Sharks are a better team. San Jose can roll four lines that can add speed, offense, defense, and can play the body. Last night San Jose was good, but not at their best. I would be afraid to see what the Sharks will do to young Jonas Hiller when they are their best.

Sorry Duck fans, but when the beast in San Jose is awoken, you better watch out.

Hopefully Monday night we will find out just what Anaheim has awoken, this beast that all Sharks fans know sleeps in the walls of the Tank.

Hopefully we see what our champions can really do—it’s about damn time.

Go Sharks!


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