The San Jose Sharks are facing elimination after 3 straight losses to the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings rallied in Game 6 to extend the Western Conference semi finals by defeating the Sharks 3-1. The victory gives Detroit full momentum into tonight’s game. Game 7 will be in San Jose where the Redwings can make history by winning the series being down 0-3.
I think you have to believe all the time, whatever the score is, even if you're behind, that you can come back. Believing we can, it's definitely a big part of it, said Red Wings center Valtteri Filppula.
The Sharks will be pressured to win tonight to advance to the Conference Finals in an attempt to remove their history of short-lived postseason runs. One of the biggest surprises in the series has been the under performance of Sharks captain Patrick Marleau, who has only 2 goals in 12 playoff games so far. The Sharks leading post season scorer Ryan Clowe is probable for Game 7 tonight after suffering an upper body injury.
While some Sharks fans believe the team is cursed to lose every year in the playoffs, other are optimistic in seeing the team win game 7 in front of the home crowd. If the Sharks win they will avoid adding another playoff disappointment into their history books. As for the Red Wings, a victory will make them the fourth team in NHL history to win a playoff series after being down 3 games to none.
“At 3-0, we had won three games in a row. At 3-3, they’ve won three games in a row. That’s why these series are all odd games. We could be in the exact same situation we are right now by winning one, losing one, winning one, losing one, winning one, losing one. Doesn’t matter how we got here. It really doesn’t. What matters is how it ends,” said Sharks coach Todd McLellan.