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Drew's Thought of the Day - 5/31/2013

Friday, 05.31.2013 / 12:34 PM
By Drew Remenda - Sharks TV, Color Commentator / Great White Bites
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Drew\'s Thought of the Day - 5\/31\/2013
During the playoffs all Sharks broadcasters are guests on a plethora of radio sports shows in Canada and the United States to talk about the team.

I am no different. I have a weekly spot on KNBR with the great Tom Tolbert and I do a ton of interviews on various shows.

The day after the Sharks lost to the Los Angeles Kings, I was on Hockey Night In Canada Radio. The host played a few clips from Todd McLellan, Joe Thornton and Logan Couture.

He then introduced me with, "...another year, another lack of a Stanley Cup for the San Jose Sharks."

I started to laugh and asked the host if he introduced somebody from the St Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks or the Toronto Maple Leafs like that.

To back up his argument he then tossed in the word that sets me off, "underachieving."

I did control myself better than I have in the past. In other words, it wasn't a Ray Ratto vs Drew Remenda battle.

Are the Sharks an underachieving playoff team?

As in winning the Stanley Cup. Obviously, yes we have not been able to win the ultimate prize in the NHL.

However, in 16 playoff appearances in 21 years, I can only think of two times the Sharks "underachieved" and this year sure as hell wasn't one of them.

Since the 2000-2001 season, only the Detroit Redwings have won more playoff games than the Sharks in the Western Conference.

So why do the so-called sports experts keep calling the Sharks a playoff disappointment?

It's because we set the bar very high. The team has one goal every year. To compete for and win the Stanley Cup.

Doug Wilson says that setting the bar high is something he will never apologize for and he shouldn't have to.

This year, the team overcame adversity. Saw good friends and teammates traded. Came together and competed as hard and as well as any Sharks team in the past.

Losing a seven game series where the Sharks played with heart, passion and sacrifice isn't something to apologize for, it's something to be proud of and something that inspires.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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