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Red Wings Top Sharks; Make it 23 Straight Wins at Home: Fan Reaction
Apparently, the San Jose Sharks, who had already beaten the Detroit Red Wings twice this season and have bounced them out of the playoffs the last two seasons, couldn't muster up enough third period magic to trounce the Red Wings at home. The Sharks fell just short with a late comeback bid in the third period as Patrick Marleau scored to bring the Sharks within one with just a little under five minutes to play in the game. It was too little too late, however, and the Red Wings went on to win their 23rd straight game at Joe Louis Arena.
For the Red Wings, winning 23 straight games at home says a lot about their hockey team and even more about what it means to have true home ice advantage. The Red Wings have dropped just three games all year at home and the next closest team in terms of home losses is the St. Louis Blues with seven. This Red Wings team is playing like a team that has something to prove. As stated, the Sharks have bounced them out of the playoffs the last two seasons and they definitely have the ability to be the team representing the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Sharks on the other hand, have to pick things up. They are now 1-3-1 on their road trip and still have four games left to play. If they can somehow win out the rest of the trip, they'll be able to salvage things with a 5-3-1 record and maybe put some space between the Phoenix Coyotes and themselves. With the Sharks' loss and a Coyotes' win, Phoenix has now pulled to within two points of the Pacific Division leading Sharks.
I really am beginning to see some desperation on the part of the Sharks and it's not helping that they are on such a long road trip. That being said, the desperation may be hindering the team's functionality just a bit. I knew coming into this long trip that it would probably determine the Sharks' season and define them as a team. If I had to define them at this moment I would say they have a lack of urgency, they are skating with limited energy, and they aren't using their forecheck effectively.
If anything the Sharks should have a bit of an easier time with their upcoming schedule before getting back home to face the Philadelphia Flyers on February 28. The next four games will be played against teams that the Sharks match up well against and it should prove to be the savior for the road trip. If the Sharks can re-work some of their strategy and up their energy a bit it could help save their bid to win the Pacific Division.
I know they still lead the division at this point, but if the rest of the road trip goes like the first part has, then Sharks could really be in trouble. The big question, it seems, is if the Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings will begin to fade as the season wears on. If that happens, the Sharks may be okay after all, but only time will tell.
The Sharks' next game is on Tuesday, February 21 against the league's worst team, the Columbus Blue Jackets. If the Sharks can't earn a win against this team, then they might be in some trouble.
David is co-founder of wrapupp sports blog where they post fresh content daily and present sports blogs and sports opinions - all with a West Coast bias. Growing up in the Bay Area, David is a huge supporter of all the local sports teams; the Giants, Athletics, Warriors, Sharks, 49ers, and Raiders. His one fault, admittedly, as many of his friends and family would say, is his love for the Los Angeles Lakers. Growing up, Magic Johnson was his favorite basketball player and he fell in love with the team. He chalks it up to, "Not knowing any better". Now his love for sports has turned just as academic as it is intuitive and he follows most all sports all over the nation.
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