Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Shark Attack!!

            There's a team in the Bay Area that is one game away from the finals. That team has gone through the postseason competition with some ease. If you think I'm talking about the Golden State Warriors, you're dead wrong. I'm talking about the San Jose Sharks.
            The Sharks go into Game 6 with a 3-2 lead over the St. Louis Blues. That's a home game for the Sharks and they have a chance to do what's never been done in franchise history: Make it to the Stanley Cup Finals. Even with a playoff streak that went ten seasons (2003-2004 to 2013-2014), they've never had a chance to compete in the Finals. But, they have a chance to make some history for their franchise as they hope to eliminate the Blues.
            How did the Sharks get to one game from the Stanley Cup? For starters, they have two of the top scorers in the postseason in Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture. They are tied with each other for most points this postseason with 21 each. In fact, Pavelski leads the NHL this postseason in goals with 12 (Couture has seven goals).
            There have been other key factors into San Jose's postseason run. Brent Burns has 19 points this postseason and is becoming the superstar that San Jose needs. Marc-Edouard Vlasic has a plus/minus rating of 12, good for third this postseason. The Sharks are also setting up great scoring chances. The top three players in assists in the Stanley Cup Playoffs are all occupied by Sharks. Brent Burns is third with 13 while Joe Thornton is tied for the most at 14 with... Logan Couture (Joe Pavelski has nine assists).
            The Sharks will great play from guys like Pavelski if they do make the Stanley Cup Finals. Pavelski had two goals (including the game-winner) and an assist in San Jose's Game 5 win at St. Louis. Could this finally be the year of the shark? We don't know. All we know is that it's a good time to be a sports fan in the Bay Area.

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