San Jose Sharks gave us a season that I will never forget

The final handshakes.

The hardest thing about about being an NHL fan is that the road to the Stanley Cup is so hard. And being a Sharks fan, it’s even harder. There is no history of the team having won it. Their past playoff success had been limited. The West Coast isn’t much of a hockey country.

Yet what the Sharks did this past season was something to be cherished. After a heartache of an exit two years ago, the team entered the season with a new coach, new goalie, new faces and not a high expectation. They didn’t look so great in December and it sure didn’t seem like they would make it far.

The team rallied and found their way into the playoffs playing some of the best hockey. The power play was amazing. The passing was crisp. Martin Jones played at an elite level. And finally, the team made it to the Stanley Cup Final. In 25 years, the first trip was so sweet.

But it was not meant to be. It wasn’t supposed to be easy. It was going to be a fight and in the end, the Penguins were better. It sucks because we may never know what the future holds and if the Sharks will ever sniff this glory in the near future. I believe that one day they will. But I don’t know when. I will cherish what they did this year. It was the best they ever did and I hope that maybe even next year, they’ll finally reach the top.

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My experience attending Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final

I haven’t been to a Sharks game in some time and the last time I attended a Sharks playoff game was back in 2007.

Getting to the game was a journey since I drove up to San Jose the day of Game 4. The city was buzzing with people all wearing Sharks gear and the place was excited for the game. As I got to the SAP Center they had different little booths for photos, prizes, music and even the stage was set for NBCSN where fans and cameramen were around.

Inside the arena was pretty nice. But there was a sense of uncertainty. After all, this is the first time the Sharks have been here.

But once we got to our seats, the hype was real strong as the introductions came and Metallica performed.

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San Jose Sharks are bringing back teal for the playoffs

Since 2011, the San Jose Sharks have worn their black jerseys for all their playoff home games. A change was in the works to go back to teal last season but they missed the playoffs. Now that the Sharks are back in the playoffs, it was confirmed by the team that teal is back. All teams must designate one home set and one away set for the playoffs.

This is a big deal for the Sharks as they are the only team in the league with teal as the primary color. Adding to the fact that the other two California teams wear black as their primary, some separation from that would be great.

The teal is a great color for the Sharks and they need to embrace that identity. It may not mean anything in terms of on-ice success, but they will at least look good.

The Sharks’ disappointing early exit (again) was the best thing for them

Year after year, the Sharks don’t live up to expectations. They have the talent to go far, but they fall short. The years they make it very far, they still don’t win. And even when they hold a 3-0 series lead, they fall.

The disappointment that follows this team is an annual deal and this last loss was the worst one of them all. Because of the team’s inability to win the Cup, it’s time for a change.

You can easily call for Todd McLellan to be fired. The future of Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau with the team could be gone as well. It’s time to shake the roster up and the coaching staff.

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The Ducks are putting their playoff trust in a rookie goalie

The Ducks are putting their playoff trust in a rookie goalie

The decision to start Andersen makes sense and the Ducks are investing in their future tonight. They are the top seed and they know they have a little room for this experiment. Ultimately, this first game will decide how they will approach the rest of the series.

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The Anaheim Ducks’ decision to start Frederik Andersen tonight makes sense.

He has played better than Jonas Hiller this season and has stolen games in which he has played.

Hiller, meanwhile, has been so-so after the Olympics, going 4-4-3, and had save percentages of .889, .765 and .826 in his last three games. He has not played since April 8.

He also was upset by the Detroit Red Wings last season, giving up seven goals over his last two games as the Ducks blew a 3-2 lead.

Hiller, 32, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and although Andersen is a rookie, it makes sense to see how he handles the playoff pressure. If he falters tonight, you could always throw Hiller back in for Game 2. If he does well and starts a run, then you know whether to make Hiller an offer.

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I’m ready for some Sharks playoff hockey

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The Sharks are back in the playoffs and will take on the Kings. I went to Game 7 last year between these two and it was a heartbreaker. But I still believe in my Sharks.

They probably aren’t the best team and they haven’t played their best hockey yet. But when it comes to the playoffs, anything goes. Especially with this series against the rival Kings, it is expected to go the distance.

I hope I can get some time to go to one of these games. But with the Warriors-Clippers playoff meeting likely to take place also, I have to save up and figure out which series I want to go to more.

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Blackhawks beat the Bruins for the Stanley Cup in a fantastic finish

The Blackhawks are champions again!

The Blackhawks are champions again!

How crazy was that? Both goalies were pulled at some point in the final minutes. The Blackhawks, down 1-0 scored two goals in 17 seconds, take the lead and fend off the Bruins to win the Stanley Cup for the second time in four years.

This was one of the best Stanley Cup Playoffs I’ve seen in a long time. And to end it with a great final series where we see this kind of ending, amazing! The first game went into three overtimes. We’ve had outstanding play from both sides and the aura of the Original Six truly made this series a great one.

With the realignment, we have a lesser chance of an Original Six matchup again.

I’m going to cherish this series. Despite my team not being in it, this was the kind of run throughout the entire playoffs that really made hockey big again in America. And maybe, the game gained some new fans from this. Lockout or no lockout, we had a fun season.