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The good news for the Sharks is….

Apr 29, 2014, 11:43 AM EDT

Justin Williams, Robyn Regehr, Dwight King, Martin Havlat, Alex Stalock, Matt Irwin, Joe Pavelski AP

…of the eight teams in NHL history that have been forced to play Game 7 after once leading a series 3-0, five of them managed to pull it together and win.

That includes the San Jose Sharks, who got quite the scare in 2011 versus the Detroit Red Wings.

Here’s the full list, with teams that managed to “pull it together” in bold:

2011: Red Wings vs. Sharks (Sharks won Game 7)
2011: Blackhawks vs. Canucks (Canucks won Game 7)
2010: Flyers vs. Bruins (Flyers won Game 7)
1975: Islanders vs. Flyers (Flyers won Game 7)
1975: Islanders vs. Penguins (Islanders won Game 7)
1945: Red Wings vs. Maple Leafs (Maple Leafs won Game 7)
1942: Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings (Maple Leafs won Game 7)
1939: Rangers vs. Bruins (Bruins won Game 7)

It’s actually the 2011 Blackhawks-Canucks series that’s particularly reminiscent of the one the Sharks find themselves in right now. Like San Jose did last night, Vancouver made a rather bold goalie change on the road in Game 6, going with Cory Schneider over Roberto Luongo. The gamble didn’t pay off, and the Canucks went back to Luongo for Game 7, eventually winning in overtime.

Will the Sharks go back to Antti Niemi after Alex Stalock took the loss in Game 6? That’s the big decision now for coach Todd McLellan, who will need to forget about being “cheated” in Game 6, since there’s nothing he can do about that anyway.

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  1. imnotyourbuddyguy - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    The way the Sharks are playing they would get pounded by the Ducks next round anyways.

    Id rather see a Kings/Ducks series

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      Just no………….

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        Sorry, Kings/Ducks looks to be a more entertaining series to this outsider

  2. ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    The Sharks have had a scare but how good were they for the first 3 games, that team is there somewhere. I think and hope we see that team on Wednesday for game 7. There’s no way SJ is about to reversed sweeped, the leaders have to step up to protect their legacys. Thornton and Marleau will struggle to love this down if they lose. It’s time to put your balls on the tables, boys!

    Let’s go Sharks!

    • imleftcoast - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      The good news for the Sharks is they are playing at home. The bad news for the Sharks is LA has a better goalie and are going to play for a one goal win. I’d pick the Sharks, but for Quick has raised his game and it’s going to be tough to beat him.

  3. sjsharks66 - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    I say start Stalock again. He was really confident and played well. It was the controversial goal that messed him up. I think he would bounce back and get the win.

    Everyone needs to play hard in front of him. Hit everyone in front of Stalock. Don’t allow any screens. The most important part? Control the puck and move it into the Kings zone. Sharks need to learn to just throw pucks at the net. Especially on that 5 on 3 chance. Not to take away the kill from the Kings but when the Sharks keep passing and only get 1/2 shots on net….the Sharks shot themselves in the foot on that one. Throw it at the net. A King player could block a shot and hurt himself. A Kings stick could break. You could get a lucky bounce. All those things will never happen if you are just playing hot potato with the puck.

    It’s gut check time Sharks. Your backs are against the wall. You need this win. Not just for yourself but for the fans you are embarrassing when you let these things happen. It will be a hell of a game. Hopefully Sharks come out ahead. Fingers crossed…

    • tronn25 - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      Honestly, there has got to be ZERO chance you read what you type before striking submit. I almost had a seizure reading the above.

      The bad news is that your analysis is absolute rubbish. I could get a better breakdown of game six from a piece of digested beef jerky. The good news is that PHT’s isn’t much better.

      Hoping for injuries?! C’mon chief. That just makes your whole fan-base look bad. Take your thumb out of your bum and be a man.

  4. sharksman - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Look if the Sharks win game 7 all is forgiven, if they loose…….
    it doesn’t mater cuz they will win !
    Go Sharks !!!

    • mcflower29 - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      if sharks win: they’re expected to; 2 routed games, 4th in the west, 2nd in the pacific (almost 1st), bottom line higher seed than the kings.

      if sharks lose: shame on you.

      • c9castine - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        seeding means very very little.

        kings should be the ultimate reminder of that.

      • sharksman - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:51 PM

        if the sharks loose they will deserve every mention of the word “choke”
        always thought this would be a tough series and figured it would go 6-7 games but never imagined it would go like it has and the sharks right now are not playing well enough to win
        but hope springs eternal…..
        Go Sharks
        Win or loose

  5. c9castine - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    crazy series.

    at this point, LA has to be the favorite. their mindset has to be “well forget everything else. just 1 game now. win 1 game”

    im sure thats why over half of teams to pull this off end up winning…its like you were buried alive and somehow poked your head out of the dirt. your alive and breathing above ground…all you gotta do now is crawl out and stand up.

    • sharksman - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      LA has to be the more confident right now no doubt, but maybe that will work in the sharks favor, sharks have yet to be up against the wall this series so we will see how they respond

      • skr213 - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:43 PM

        Agreed. Sharks were the “underdog” coming into this series (even though they were the higher seed) and I think that played well for them the first couple of games. Now that they’re back to being the underdog for game 7, maybe that will help them. One thing’s for sure … the Kings bench could not have looked any cockier at the end of game 6 – we’ll see if that’s a good or bad thing for them.

      • c9castine - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:32 PM

        um i dunno man. i do see what your saying but i would think after going up 3-0 and then trailing in the first period of game 6 your up against a wall. you should be worried and desperate at that point..

        but LA just continued to take it to them.

        in honesty, im leaning 60/40 in favor of SJ. really hard to win 4 straight in the playoffs let alone games 4-7. but they pretty much beat up on san jose for 3 straight games…i know san jose did it to them too but. well see.

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