Sharks Fizzle As Summer Vacation Comes Early

T.S. Eliot’s “The Hollow Men” concludes with the following four famous lines:

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

That pretty much sums up the end of the San Jose Sharks’ season.

All in all, it was another disappointingly “blah” season-ending series for the Sharkies, who thought they had the pieces for a Stanley Cup run, but just couldn’t get it together after their epic Game 4 collapse:

Yes, the series turned on the way the Sharks crumbled at the end of Game 4, giving up a bad game-tying goal to Robert Lang with 34 seconds left, but the killer wasn’t that goal, or even the goal by Mathieu Schneider in overtime that won Game 4 for Detroit, but the fact that the Sharks had two more games to re-establish control of the series and failed, sometimes miserably.

Last night, Detroit scored twice in the first period and that was enough for the visiting Red Wings to finish off the tepid Sharks, who struggled throughout the series, particularly the last three games. They scored only one goal after Game 4, and the power play–absent during the Nashville series (2 for 30)–continued to prove troublesome against Detroit (2 for 27 overall, 0 for 15 in the last three).

You gotta feel for the Sharks, one of the more entertaining teams in the NHL, as they really established themselves as a franchise that wants to win a championship. At least they have time to watch the Warriors now.

San Jose still can’t get over the elusive hump [SFGate]

[Photo courtesy: AP Photo/Paul Sakuma]

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