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The Sharks think all this adversity will help them in the playoffs, too

Apr 5, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

Todd McLellan AP

A couple of weeks ago, it was the Washington Capitals spinning lemons into lemonade – now it’s the San Jose Sharks’ turn to play the “all this adversity will help us in the playoffs” card.

The Sharks can clinch a playoff spot tonight with a win over the Kings in Los Angeles, but it’s been a real battle up to this point.

“It hasn’t been a dream season, but sometimes those seasons, if you get in, you can make them work in your favor,” coach Todd McLellan said, as per “We know what it feels like to cruise through a season and be number one, and then all of a sudden the pressure comes. In this situation, we’ve been playing with pressure for a month now.”

Which is pretty much exactly what Caps forward Mike Knuble said a couple of weeks ago: “The last two years we’ve been kind of cruising, waiting and seeing what everyone else is doing. I have to believe (battling for a playoff spot down the stretch) makes your team sharper from being on every night.”

According to, the Sharks have a 50-percent chance of playing the Canucks in the first round. Unlike San Jose, Vancouver’s never been in real jeopardy of missing the playoffs. Ditto for the Rangers, the likely first-round opponent of the Capitals should Washington qualify.

So maybe we’ll be able to put this “we’ve been in playoff mode while you’ve been sitting around waiting” theory to the test.

The contrasting theory is that the Canucks and Rangers have never been in jeopardy of missing the playoffs because they’re the better teams. (And typically the better teams win.)

  1. davebabychreturns - Apr 5, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Welly is trying to decide who to pick in his playoff pool. He’s thinking that loading up on San Jose Sharks might be a good idea, they’ve learned even more about losing since last year.

  2. polegojim - Apr 5, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Yes, adversity has been GREAT for them all year.

    I detest stupid ‘spin’ comments that are nothing more than weak cheer-leading.

    What Todd left out – “We’ve been through every type of season there is… except winning a Stanley Cup at the end of any of them. I’m really just trying to save my job.”

    Ditto with Caps. Seriously, who are they trying to convince?

    Tired of the talk already. Just shut up and play boys.

    • nogoodtomedead - Apr 5, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      Agreed. I’m a Sharks fan- but there’s nothing positive about being an inconsistent team that can’t win on the road for a whole season. But whatever- the media puts the mic in front of them- and they have to say something. It’s better then saying “If we run into St. Louis we’re screwed.”

      • polegojim - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:49 AM

        I guess that has some merit, but he sounds very hollow and reaching.

        It can happen to anyone in a year, but it’s become perpetual. With all that talent and years of failing to reach the ultimate goal, they’ve tried everything but a coaching change.

        They won’t be this good forever, better do something to make the best of what they have.

  3. haterzgonahate - Apr 5, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    gotta respect what he’s saying… it’s true! adversity can make a team rise up to the challenge.. just look at what the Pens did without Crosby, or more recently, the Canucks are 7-0 without Daniel Sedin.

    case in point, the 2006 Edmonton Oilers and their run from the 8th seed to the cup final

  4. barroomhero80 - Apr 5, 2012 at 6:41 PM


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