I know it's hard to not feel deflated after a game like this and being in this position. BELIEVE ME, you know I've been there.
Lots of you are throwing in the towel and declaring this thing over. I promise you it's not over. Until you lose the 4th game it is not over. The Sharks don't think it's over. I sure as hell don't think it's over. Your wings better not think it's over.
All 3 games were one goal games. A bounce or a call the other way and any or all of them go the other way. It could be 3-0 wings. As a Sharks fan and with the talent the wings have I wont feel confident until the Sharks have that 4th win.
As an organization, the red wings have been the model for every other team in the NHL. Look at what the Sharks have been trying to do the last few years. They've taken your formula and done their best to emulate it. Maybe this is the year they finally do it right. I think someone in this thread mentioned how lucky you fans have been...to have had the privilege to watch your team have so much success. Should I be so lucky with my team, even for one year, I will soak up every bit.
I know you don't want to read this much from a Sharks fan right now so I'll end it here. It's not over yet. See you Thursday.
An excellent post from a classy fan. I have to admire your balls though. I just cannot bring myself to go into another teams forum and discuss a hotly contested game like this. I know you haven't gotten your kudos as much as you have gotten lumps, but I do agree with you. Every Wings fan should be giving the Sharks a lot of credit.
Remember when the Wings would dominate the faceoff circle? Remember when the Wings would cycle the puck and the other team would take penalties just to get the puck back? Remember when the Wings played with urgency and could close teams out when they were up at the start of the 3rd period? Remember when our goalie would come up with a HUGE stop in a key situation (such as a penalty shot last night *hint hint*)? Remember when our defense would not play desperate in OT and give up golden opportunities to the other team as a result? Remember when the Wings would be on the bad end of the penalty calls, but would have the fortitude to win games?
The game dynamic would be entirely different if the Wings were still doing these things. Instead, the Sharks are and they are deserving of moving on so far.
That being said, the Wings are not done yet. I believe they still have fight left in them and I am going to enjoy what games they have left this season. I am a fan, and I will never give up on the Wings.
If the Wings do get ousted this round, I will continue to watch the playoffs because I am also a hockey fan. I will probably cheer for a team that hasn't won the cup in a long time. That means Pittsburgh is out, but every other team would be in. Yes, even Chicago *shudder*.