A popular postseason narrative in every NHL city that is not San Jose says the sharks swam in luck.
Virtually everyone sees how a team is blessed by a pouncing impact or makes a call (or misses). Here. The luck can be attributed to a talented group taking the kind of breaks required during a run to the Western Conference final.
Then there is the darker crowd that has developed a more cynical perspective. And though it's both silly and impossible to prove, the love affair of the national media with the idea that a Stanley Cup is a Sharks striker's veteran Joe Thornton's birthright has not helped to cool fan fiction about the league wearing teal under her suits.
Of course it's a hoax.
But the same label goes along with the absurd offense that Sharks coach Pete DeBoer made earlier in this Best of Seven series when he was reluctant to be asked about his team's luck.
The Sharks The Lucky list includes a five-minute main strike in the first round, which should not have been so hard to punish Las Vegas. Joe Pavelski, the player who was injured by the hit, said it himself. The subsequent power game defined this series. Then followed the successful offside challenge that missed Colorado's goal in the seventh game of the second round, a reversal in which still avalanche fans study film under aluminum foil hats. Both missed the obvious hand pass from Timo Meier, who missed the game-winning Sharks overtime goal against the Blues in Game 3.
If this is not a tailwind of happiness, then what is it?
Me, if you use such words, "DeBoer told a reporter who dared to use the L word after the sharks won Game 3.
DeBoer could easily have said that all champions take breaks on the way. Instead, he revealed an exposed nerve. Since then more surfaced.
While it would be fun to argue that shark rejection of their gifts led to a rejection of happiness, this would negate the role of the blues in this reversal.
The sharks did not lose their luck.
The blues just stifled it. With a smile.
As the crowd in the SAP Center's blues dressing room began to thin on Sunday afternoon, Pat Maroon was asked a simple question. Why is he smiling when he's in the middle of one of his chin-and-kick sessions that seem to drive the sharks crazy? Maroon even found time to avoid the ice during Sunday's 5-0 defeat of San Jose. He passed the bank in San Jose as if greeting old friends in a pew. His visit was not well received. Maroon smiled as he thought about his smile.
"That's me, of course," he said. "I'm just trying to frustrate people. I think they want me to react and take a stupid punishment. But my job is just to be annoying and trying to do my job. When smile is effective, it is effective.
Does anyone else feel as if the blues have benefited more from the hand pass than the sharks? The blues shrugged their shoulders and then continued digging in. The sharks still seem somewhere between hypersensitive and somewhat guilty. [1
They have outscored the Sharks in their two wins since hand-to-hand 7: 1 Blues goalie Jordan Binnington has stopped 50 of 51 shots, with shark goalkeeper Martin Jones, who suddenly has a sieve on his glove side, given seven out of 62 chances.
"We had a good serenity," said Binnington said, "We had some great leaders in this team who rose at the right time, everything comes into play, and everything returns to the original one Concept to focus on each day, to enjoy each day, to enjoy the moment and to prepare for the next game. "
the blues. The hand pass was a punch in the stomach. Her ability to wipe it out, a strength.
Everything the blues have done since then, from Maroon's pearly whites to the team's continued calculated stakes with the Sharks' best players, to the refusal of Blues players to engage in fighting the sharks late in Game 5 , has drastically changed the tone of this series. And now, if the sharks try to win two games in a row, some key players from San Jose may be missing.
Erik Karlsson, Tomas Hertl and Pavelski all entered the locker room on early Sunday. Their status remains a mystery in Game 6. Karlsson had visible pain during Game 5, and immediately after the end DeBoer publicly questioned his decision to play the defender. The coach also seemed to throw the team's medical staff a little under the Zamboni. Even more smoke from the motherboard. The tension on the side of San Jose in the SAP Center was great. As a result, alarms sound. DeBoer and his team spent a good part of Sunday campaigning for the punishment of Alex Pietrangelo's goal against Pavelski and Ivan Barbashev's goal against Hertl. These requests were ignored by the league on Monday. Bad luck.
The expiring fortune of San Jose will now be the popular offense.
The blues hit it off with a grin.