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San Jose vs. Colorado

Game Date Matchup/Result Breakdown
1 Wednesday, April 14, 10:30pm et Avalanche 2 at Sharks 1 Recap/Highlights | Box
2 Friday, April 16, 10:30pm et Avalanche 5 at Sharks 6 (OT) Recap/Highlights | Box
3 Sunday, April 18, 9:30pm et Sharks 0 at Avalanche 1 (OT) Recap/Highlights | Box
4 Tuesday, April 20, 10pm et Sharks 2 at Avalanche 1 (OT) Recap/Highlights | Box
5 Thursday, April 22, 10:30pm et Avalanche 0 at Sharks 5 Recap/Highlights | Box
6 Saturday, April 24, 10pm et Sharks 5 at Avalanche 2 Recap/Highlights | Box
Sharks win series 4-2


SAN JOSE SHARKS

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Regular Season Record: 51-20-11, 113 pts
Head-to-Head Record: 2-2
Last Stanley Cup Win: Never
Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: Never
Last Postseason Appearance: 2009
Players with Stanley Cup Rings: Dan Boyle, Rob Blake, Kent Huskins, Niclas Wallin

A reason to cheer for the Sharks: There may be no team in the NHL that needs a lengthy playoff run more than the Sharks. After past playoff failures, many fans are leery of jumping on the Sharks bandwagon; however the addition of proven playoff performers and an injection of confidence in four of their top players thanks to a gold medal at the Olympics, this may finally be the year that the Sharks breakthrough and reach their potential.

What They Bring To The Table: With a potent arsenal at their disposal and a good balance of power and speed on defence, on paper the Sharks appear to be the favourite to bring home the hardware. If history has told us anything it’s that championships are never won on paper and that the Sharks tend to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory when the stakes are the highest. Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov enjoyed yet another solid regular season, however Sharks management had to be worried at how he blew up in the Olympics. That was not a good omen for the Sharks title hopes. The Sharks are at their best on special teams, with both the power play and penalty kill inside the top five in the league. In fact if you look at the team there really is no reason to believe that they are not the best team in the West, however until they are able to show that they are different from the team that has melted down the past few years in the playoffs, the jury will still be out.


COLORADO AVALANCHE

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Regular Season Record: 43-30-9, 95 pts
Head-to-Head Record: 2-2
Last Stanley Cup Win: 2001
Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: 2001
Last Postseason Appearance: 2008
Players with Stanley Cup Rings: Milan Hejduk, Adam Foote (2), Stephane Yelle (2)

A reason to cheer for the Avalanche: With most prognosticators writing them off prior to the season, the Avs made a lot of intelligent people look like fools this year. Through the early portion of the campaign there was no better team in hockey as Colorado rode a wave of youthful enthusiasm to top spot in the West. No fewer than six rookies have made a significant contribution to the Avs success this season. In addition goaltender Craig Anderson proved to be one of the best off season free agent pickups and at a price tag of just $1.5 million this season, one of the biggest bargains. This is a fun team to watch and they may be too young to understand that they are not supposed to be this good yet.

What They Bring To The Table: As good as the Avs looked at the beginning of the season, they have faded terribly down the stretch. That is to be expected considering the relative youth of the roster. The key for first year head coach Joe Sacco will be trying to keep the team’s nerves in check as they are put into the post-season spotlight for the first time. As good as Anderson has been all season long, he has never had a sniff of the playoffs before at this level. It will be interesting to see how he and the Avalanche are able to respond to adversity.


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