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And then there were 14: Sharks come out flat in playoffs

Apr 21, 2012, 10:12 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 21: Antti Niemi #31 of the San Jose Sharks makes a save against the St. Louis Blues during Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center on April 21, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) Getty Images

The San Jose Sharks weren’t able to beat the St. Louis Blues once in the regular season…so I guess this playoff series was an improvement? The Sharks suffered a 3-1 loss Saturday and were eliminated after five games.

After years of disappointing playoff runs amid high expectations, the Sharks showed that if you take that those expectations away, they still won’t get very far. Naturally, a lot of the credit belongs to the Blues themselves, who did a very effective job of shutting down San Jose, but let’s focus on the team that’s season just ended…

What happened? The Sharks never really figured out the Blues’ defense or their goaltending. It didn’t matter if it was Jaroslav Halak or Brian Elliott playing between the pipes because both of them ended up with a sub-2 GAA against San Jose in this series.

Who takes the blame? Outside of Joe Thornton and Logan Couture, the Sharks’ best players didn’t really step up. Patrick Marleau stands out though for finishing the series with no points.

What will they do about it? What more can the Sharks really do? Every summer they make significant changes to their roster in the hope of finally obtaining that elusive Stanley Cup. That being said, they don’t have a lot of wiggle room with their cap situation going into the summer. Short of blowing up the team or making a big trade, all the major players from their 2011-12 run should be back.

  1. bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Why use the headline “Sharks come out flat”?

    Sharks did what they always do again this playoff
    Thorton and Marleau play uninspired and soft hockey in the playoffs yet again

    Sharks coming out flat is like saying water is wet

    • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:16 PM

      Oh Ya

      LOL @ the Sharks

    • taytay099 - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:41 PM

      You’ve obviously never seen them play in the 2010 and 2011 playoffs. Marleau was bad during these playoffs, but he’s usually a good playoff player. Not many players have scored 50+ playoff goals. I think Joe was one of the only good players for them during these playoffs.

      • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:02 AM

        In only 128 games no less
        88 points in 128 games

        Now my math may be rusty but that makes Marleau a 56 point player in a 82 game season in the playoffs
        Color me unimpressed

      • polegojim - Apr 22, 2012 at 9:30 AM

        Cmon Tay…. they failed AGAIN. It’s just that simple. Nobody gets a pass.

  2. sharksfan754 - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Sharks were outplayed in every facet of the series, face offs, pp, pk, goaltending(although I don’t blame Niemi bc he didn’t play bad). Hats off to the blues they were without a doubt the better team

    • blomfeld - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:08 PM

      and like, where’s this guy called “sjsharksfan11″ now ? … ROFL ! :) … Blomfeld # 2

    • bluesrawesome - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:34 PM

      As a Blues fan i respect you for your comment you were 100%u honest. Niemi was really really good though and deseves all the credit in the world.

  3. sjsharksfan11 - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    3 cancers and you are out: Mclellan, Marleau, and Doug Wilson.

  4. letsgosjsharks - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Congrats Blues on a good series.. Idk whats gonna go down this summer…

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