Will The Sharks Choke Again This Time Around?

05/11/2019

There are a lot of words that can be used to describe the large mix of ups and downs the San Jose Sharks have gone through in their playoff journey. From losing by five goals to winning in double overtime, any Sharks fan's experience watching all this is nothing shy of emotional. After playing fourteen games that have given us everything hockey has to offer, San Jose has found themselves back in the Western Conference Final. But do they have what it takes to make it their year and finally win the cup?

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San Jose is arguably the best and most talented team left in the playoffs. But there are plenty of reasons why nobody is all in on the Sharks. The Sharks have been playing great hockey. In fact, they have turned into the most clutch team in these playoffs this year. The clutch is there but the consistency is nowhere to be found.

Too many games have been evident where they virtually just give up and don't produce anything exciting, but some games can be described as almost the exact opposite. They face the Blues tonight who I think have been great underdogs so far this postseason. If the Sharks get caught relaxing against St. Louis, it's not going to be pretty for them. If they bring their all, however, it's going to be an exciting series to watch.

The Sharks have what it takes to go all the way and win the cup, but my faith is very low with how inconsistent their play is. They have proved to be very effective with their backs against the wall and coming up victorious in both game sevens, but they seem to be winning off luck more than skill. For how controversial their game seven was against the Golden Knights and how back and forth their series was against a wildcard team, it makes people wonder how far their luck will run for. I believe the Blues will capitalize and beat them in five games, but if the Sharks keep pulling out wonders and force a game seven it's a toss-up for me.

No matter how the game plays out tonight I am fully confident that the Sharks still have some work to do before they can hoist the Stanley Cup. Even if they move onto the finals, this isn't their year.