And just like that the Sharks have two convincing wins and are looking like contenders. Plus they still have played two less games than the other top Western Conference teams, except for St. Louis.
What’s the difference? First, I think having (almost) everyone back and healthy has to be factoring in. Also, clearly, the all-star break really helped the team re-charge. Finally, while the Sharks are still playing solid defense, I think at least for these past few games they’ve been getting more agressive on Offense and have been scoring goals off of second chances. The final goal last night was a perfect example of this – Couture’s dump-in shot was on net and rebounded straight out. Couture followed his shot in and tied up both defenders so that when the puck trickled out past the scrum, Ryane Clowe had a great chance on the follow and was able to slip it past everyone.
Have the Sharks started their stretch drive? I hope so. More games like these past two sure will get my hopes up.