Back when the playoffs started nearly seven weeks ago, San Jose Sharks defenseman Paul Martin wondered what it would be like to play his old teammates in Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup Final. There were plenty of steps needed before that could happen considering the Sharks had never made it that far in their entire history and the Penguins hadn't been to the final in seven years. ''Once the puck drops, it's all business, but obviously the relationship with some of the guys that have been there, for five years with some of their guys,'' Martin said.
It wasn't supposed to take the San Jose Sharks this long to reach their first Stanley Cup Final. It wasn't supposed to take this long for Sidney Crosby to guide the Pittsburgh Penguins back to a destination many figured they'd become a fixture at after winning it all in 2009. Certainly not the Sharks, whose nearly quarter-century wait to play on the NHL's biggest stage will finally end Monday night when the puck drops for Game 1.
SAN JOSE SHARKS vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS