Can the Sharks get over past playoff hurdles?

Can the Sharks get over past playoff hurdles?
April 16, 2014, 2:15 pm
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It’s been, the whole season, a little different playing L.A. because we have faced them twice in the playoffs, and last year we lost to them. So, you always get a little extra energy against those guys.
Antti Niemi
ProHockeyTalk

It’s playoff time. For the San Jose Sharks, this time of the year has not been too kind to them.

Sure, they’ve been a terrific regular season team dating back to the resumption of National Hockey League operations following the 2004-05 lockout. They even won a Presidents’ Trophy as the league’s top regular season team back in 2008-09, and the addition of Joe Thornton only helped that team roll over the competition but only up until playoff time.

Including that season, the Sharks have amassed a record of 271-130-57. Impressive. Here comes the ‘Yeah, but…’

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The post-season is now upon us again. The Sharks go into their first-round series up against the L.A. Kings – Stanley Cup champions from 2012 and Western Conference finalists a year ago.

So, if the Sharks are indeed to follow up a strong regular season with a substantial playoff run, it will need to go through their California rivals, the Kings. No easy task.

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