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Can Sharks complete first sweep in franchise history?

May 6, 2013, 4:36 PM EST

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The San Jose Sharks know how hard it can be to complete the sweep in the playoffs.

Mostly because they’ve never done it.

Nope, not one of their 13 series victories in franchise history has been done in four games.

They had a golden opportunity in 2011 when they took a 3-0 series lead over the Red Wings — just as they did over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday — but Detroit fought back to force a seventh and deciding game.

San Jose won that Game 7, but still, the Sharks aren’t exactly famous for clutching up in the playoffs.

“That [Detroit series] reminds me a little bit of this one,” said head coach Todd McLellan, per the team’s website. “It was close all the way through. Vancouver is going to do the same thing. They have a lot of talent and a lot of veteran players that have played a long time. They are going to come and play. If we don’t, we’ll be in trouble.”

If Vancouver can somehow win Game 4, the Canucks will get to play Game 5 on home ice. And if they can win that…

The Sharks would prefer to avoid going down that road. But they don’t expect it to be easy tomorrow at HP Pavilion.

“They are going to give everything they have,” said Sharks center Logan Couture. “Their season is on the line. They’re going to be their best. We know that. We expect that. We are ready for a battle.”

  1. sharksman - May 6, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Lets Go Sharks !
    First time for everything !

    • valoisvipers - May 6, 2013 at 10:43 PM

      Bring out the brooms.

  2. sjsharks66 - May 6, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    I think they will. So did some TSN crew in front of me in line for food on sunday.

  3. thehighcountrybear - May 6, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    sjsharks66:

    So how did the TSN crew look?

    I ask because of the TSN game-two tragedy when Isles came back on Pens after Sidney had already ripped and slashed his way through four feet of empty air to pot a pair nebulae grade tap-ins? After the Islander come-back, the TSN panel’s faces were longer than Wilt Chamberlain’s…

    scoring record, on and off the court?

    I though the otherwise superlative James Duthie and Bob McKenzie were about to cry, this after anointing Crosby status as the best player in the world [ to Sid’s credit he purposely shies away from the suggestion, leaving it rather to the media groupies who feed on his soul ].

    The question I have is: does climbing into a suit and parking your ass in front of a microphone somehow entitle self-appointed experts to speak in absolute terms about player grade while posturing as part of the NHL propaganda machine?

    We do yearn for the sort of objective journalism seen on the BBC or in the New York Times or the Guardian…hell, I’ve got more respect for Al Jazeera and Pravda than the schlock masters promoting professional team sports!

    • joshuakorr - May 6, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      Doesn’t BBC own Al-Jazeera?

  4. bensawesomeness - May 6, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    that series against the Wings, Jimmy Howard flipped a switch, stood on his head, and played unbelievable until game 7
    it’s going to take a similar situation here for the canucks to come back in this. with a Vancouver goalie playing unbelievably

    personally hoping the brooms can sweep away the trash

    -Wings fan

  5. sjsharks66 - May 6, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    They looked like canadians.

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