Whats Up Stanley Cup?

The Tank, CA

 

                The Net

The Net

Five days later, its still sinking in.  Pittsburgh vs San Jose for the Stanley Cup. Wow. Inadequate word for an emotion that has great depth, not only in its origin but its duration.  Enduring 24 years of varied success, regular season and playoffs included.  Season tickets for 20 years.

Pavelski scores the first goal of the game.

Pavelski scores the first goal of the game.

Game Six, great expectations that were realized, the pageantry of the Western Conference Finals, the cachet for the franchise and Silicon Valley.  Five days later it would be redundant to recap it for you.

Suffice it to say it was a hell of a game from a Sharks point of view, complete domination through two and a half periods of fierce forechecking and spectacular goals. All that remained was the nailbiting ending after St Louis had scored twice and were pressing.

Sharks First Goal

Sharks First Goal

Ward Celebrates his Second Goal

Ward Celebrates his Second Goal

Good Omen

Good Omen

Random thoughts and observations….Joe Thornton and Patty Marleau going to a Final is cool.  Pete DeBoer goes to the Stanley Cup Final in his 1st year as coach again, having done it with the New Jersey Devils…  Nick Spaling is as good or better than Andrew Desjardin…Captain Clutch delivers…Fourth line magic…Jones is as cool as Chicago sleet…Penalty kill excellent…Sharks are pure North/South game…Blues caught flatfooted by San Jose’s speed…Young Guns carry San Jose…Penguins might be in for some trouble…Logan Couture for Conn Smythe murmurs…Sharks Defense is deep and talented…Oh and Pittsburgh, what do they got?…Sid, Kessel, Malkin, Letang…Murray the rookie goalie?Hrmm?…

The Handshake

Another Handshake Lies Ahead…

 

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