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Is there anything rotten about the San Jose Sharks?



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The San Jose Sharks have gained a good reputation in the decades when they have always been invited to the party and always had to be invited to leave at 1

0:30, either because they are because they have to relieve the babysitter or because they have to work in the morning and need their eight hours because they have a quarterly report that comes to an end.

Not this year. even though. This is the year in which the host seems to be rid of hell so they stay until the end of the evening and give them the best food and liquor to make sure they do not leave. After 27 years "Does anyone know where my jacket is?" Sharks are asked to stay the whole night.

Wednesday night saw Timo Meier's obvious pass for Gus Nyquist and Nyquist's subsequent legal pass for Erik Karlsson for the overtime goal in San Jose's 5-4 win over St. Louis in Match 3 of the Western Conference final. It was another embarrassing call for the besieged officials, who could not use the reiteration as their usual rescue because the rules did not allow it, and the sharks stole another victory that they really did not have.

Already in the first round there was a great promotion with the infamous penalty from Cody Eakin, who made the Vegas Golden Knights from simple 3: 0 winners to outraged losers of 5: 4 extension from the league office to the injured Vegii. They also profited from a very close offside verdict in Game 7 of the second round against Colorado, which defeated Colin Wilson's apparent goal and secured the 2-1 victory of San Jose. It was not considered excusable, but it was hinky enough to cause a heightened dismay in the amount of league that is now the size of a raging mob.

And now there's the Meier Call, which was painfully obvious before it got too painful. The sharks are now 3: 0 against The Man (3: 1, if you want to argue about an icing in the Avalanche series that Marc-Edouard Vlasic believed would justify a second apology) this kind of tin foil.

Is head coach Peter DeBoer a sorcerer? Is general manager Doug Wilson a shapeshifter? Has team owner Hasso Plattner (the third richest owner in North American sports) cashed in on Gary Bettman's debt? Is Joe Thornton Moses, Gandalf, or just a John Brown impersonator? Most of the time, when did the Sharks become the happiest team in the world, and if so, why?

To justify this, the Eakin hit Joe Pavelski (who frankly was another Joe the Sharks should try to win for)) was two minutes at best, but no one called for the Knights' penalty in response to step into a wildcat strike. The offside call to Gabriel Landeskog was thin and contradictory to the usual line-changing approaches, but technically correct to the point where Kevin Kurz of The Athletic pulled off an off-day feature from the Sharks video-recordletale. And the Meier Pass seemed to stop the blues waiting for TWTNC – The Whistle That Never Came. Under the rules of Darwinian sports, it is not illegal for the cops to say it is. Besides, we are sure that the sharks have historical stories in which they prove ills to prove their own version of the law of large numbers, or as it is also called: The book of what is with the times when we were fooled?

So let's exclude the DeBoer and Plattner storylines, as I just made them up, though I'm not sure if we ever saw Wilson and Doctor Strange at the same time in the same place. Somehow fate has suddenly given preference to the sharks, a normally talented but harmless team whose past major superpower was the ability to disappoint, and if they can not hold a parade this year, it's hard to see how many more positive calls to make them would have to get one.

However, there is a fairly certain assumption to understand all this: The blues have been taught the valuable lesson that they should never stop until they hear two whistles – one to stop the game and one to get it to stop them from making sure they heard the first whistle. And we all know what kind of indecent fun it creates.

It must be mentioned that misfortunes are not uncommon in the Stanley Cup playoffs. No one has ever held the trophy without having a few horseshoes in their gear. And if this was a competitive coincidence for the Thornton Crusade and they would benefit from a Bruins fraud that equaled or surpassed those who sacrificed the Knights, Avs, and Blues, would that be completely bad?

Overall, we now get a new picture of the sharks that matches their last 20 downed handshake lines. You are now the collective embodiment of the player getting help from the people who run the casino. It is not clear how long this run will take, but people notice and start gathering around the table to see what all the turmoil is about.

And because hockey is hockey, this is usually the time when luck starts to run badly.


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