Shark fans - and we're a loud and knowledgable bunch to be sure - are unfortunately missing the point at the moment.
And so are most writers...
...because for me, the issue is crystal clear. Down 2-0? Honestly - all due respect to the Canucks - that's of little relevance here. Sure it's a factor and we'd rather have stolen a game in Vancouver but the truth is, we didn't come anywhere close to earning one.
And THAT is the point. This team is quite possibly the greatest hockey team I've ever seen play 'live'...and I've seen plenty of games at the Forum. For the love of Pete - WE HAVE (or had) A LINE THAT WAS DIRECTLY LIFTED FROM OUR ROSTER AND INSERTED AS THE SECOND LINE OF THE GOLD-MEDAL WINNING TEAM CANADA AT THE LAST OLYMPICS.
And for perspective - our season leader in goals wasn't even from that line.
This team has it all - quite literally. Elite playmakers, Elite snipers, top-5 special teams on both ends, speed to burn with any team in the league, unmatched depth and (it's time we formally recognize this) quite possibly the best goaltender in the NHL outside of Boston.
And for the first time since this fantastic run of great teams started 5-6 years ago...or thereabouts...we have the grit of a nasty diamond-grit piece of sandpaper.
Folks, being down 2-0 is of absolutely no consequence. There is only one issue at hand to address, and its a very simple one to articulate. Find that part of you that dusted round one, and played an historic series against Detroit. Find it, and bring it to the Tank for Game 3...because if you DO find it, Game 3 goes to the Sharks.
And if you bring it to the Tank for Game 4...it'll be the same story.
The San Jose Sharks, when playing THEIR game, with the intensity shown against Detroit, are simply too talented, too deep, too well coached and too tough to beat. Plain and simple. This series has far less to do with Vancouver than people realize - because if we play to our ability and bring this season's NEVER GIVE UP attitude to the rink, the opponent's jersey is irrelevant. Nobody can beat this team over a seven game series if we play our hockey. Nobody.
It's time for these players to consider this thought: It's quite clear that this team truly has everything you need to win a Cup and then some...and winning the Stanley Cup is by far and away the hardest thing to accomplish in pro sports...so are we going to squander what may be the single greatest shot at the holy grail of Hockey?
Or are we going to come out in Game Three and remind the Canucks who just sent Detroit packing in a game every single analyst in the game had going to Detroit?
We play our game, we win the series. We don't, we lose.
It's really that simple - it's no longer a case of "can we"...it's a case of "will we"?