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Flyers still can’t win at the Shark Tank

Feb 29, 2012, 1:39 AM EDT

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There are plenty of ways to mark the time when the San Jose Sharks transitioned from a shrug-inducing expansion team to a regular contender.

Some point to the work of former GM Dean Lombardi. Others define it by the beginning of the Evgeni Nabokov era through current times.

If you want a fun – if not exact – way to look at it, how about this: the last time the Philadelphia Flyers beat them at home. Just take a look at what the Sharks have done since that 3-1 defeat on Nov. 5, 1999:

  • Ten playoff appearances in 11 opportunities.
  • Five Pacific Division titles.
  • 11-10 in playoff series.
  • Three appearances in the Western Conference finals.
  • One Presidents Trophy.

Say what you will about the Sharks supposed “choking” ways, but considering where they were in November 1999, you’d be wacky to claim that they haven’t come a long way.

Tonight’s game against the Flyers ranked as one of their tightest matches in the two teams’ rare matches in San Jose. The Sharks rode a Ryane Clowe goal and Antti Niemi‘s 26-save shutout to a 1-0 win.

Both the Sharks and Flyers are now in sixth place in their respective conferences, with San Jose being far closer to the top of its division (73 points to Phoenix’s 75) than Philly is to the Atlantic (75 to the Rangers’ 86).

It doesn’t seem very likely at the moment, but hockey fans would be in for a treat if the Flyers received another chance to break their losing streak in San Jose in 2011-12 – a chance that could only come in the Stanley Cup finals.

  1. greggoldberg - Feb 29, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    Bryz plays his best game in weeks and they can’t win because they don’t score a goal against Antti freaking Niemi.

    Of course.

  2. norcalirish - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    Sharks!

  3. hartsy19 - Feb 29, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    I’m speechless.

  4. bleed4philly - Feb 29, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    FML

  5. djamesbart - Feb 29, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    “Free Falling”
    ~ T Petty

  6. jagrbomb18 - Feb 29, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Flyers will be fine….they dominated the 3rd – sharks played solid team D…some thing the flyers need to work on…clowe was given the room to shoot and he made no mistake…bryz has looked well the past few games…as long as the flyers play disciplined hockey and don’t turn the puck over in their own zone they will be fine

    • pantherpro - Feb 29, 2012 at 10:43 AM

      You Philly losers get punked everytime you come out West. This proves that the East pretty much sucks. It feels good to beat the whinning Flyers. Feels almost as good as when the Giants shut you punks up in the playoffs. Oh that right it happened again last year to the chokers from Philly. I cant wait to raise the Cup in your face this year!!

      • hartsy19 - Feb 29, 2012 at 10:55 AM

        Dude honestly GTFO, if we wanted to talk football we’d go to profootballtalk. Not everyone that’s a Flyers fan is an Eagles fan you jagaloon.

      • govtminion - Feb 29, 2012 at 11:19 AM

        I have never in my life heard the term ‘jagaloon’. I approve of this insult.

      • gianthatr - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:04 PM

        I imagine a Jagaloon is a lot like Hartnell and goes down a lot.

      • govtminion - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:07 PM

        Is it pronounced ‘jagaloon’ starting like ‘jaguar’, or ‘jagaloon’ starting like ‘Jagr’? I want to be sure I get this right.

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