Sharks Rally Late, Earn Win Against Predators: Fan Reaction

The San Jose Sharks have not had the best of luck since the beginning of February. They have won just seven games in their last 22 and have earned 18 of a possible 44 points since February 2. In that time the Sharks fell out of third place in the Western Conference and now sit one point out of the eighth spot in the playoffs - not to mention being in third place in the Pacific Division after leading for most of the year. They have gotten to that point by not being able to score on the power play, lacking energy, and not being able to kill penalties.

The Sharks were very fortunate enough to find a way to beat the Nashville Predators on March 15 - especially with the Colorado Avalanche and Phoenix Coyotes losing on the same day. San Jose was able to gain some ground after trailing both of those teams by three points earlier in March. Hopefully that move will motivate the Sharks to skate hard down the final stretch of the season. They play five of their next six at home and will need every bit of energy from the hometown crowd to burst back into the playoff picture.

I'm glad to see that the Sharks were able to rally back late with a magnificent third period goal by none other than Joe Thornton. Dan Boyle's shot was redirected in front of the net right onto the stick of Thornton, who then shot it into the open net. That goal was one the Sharks had been searching for all game.

It was the first time in a long time that San Jose caught any sort of significant break on a scoring chance. Against the Predators the Sharks had numerous opportunities early in the game, but Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne was able to stop most of what came his way on the night. The same goes for Antti Niemi who stopped 32-of-33 shots he faced on the night - not including the three shots he saved during the shootout. The Sharks were able to win on a shootout goal by Ryane Clowe.

I know the Sharks can still push for a playoff spot and their resilience against the Predators - who beat the Sharks 6-2 on February 25 - was very impressive. If only the Sharks can continue to play with the intensity that they showed against the Predators for the remainder of the year, they could end up making the playoffs. San Jose has 12 games remaining on the year and nine of them will be against Pacific Division opponents - two of which are battling the Sharks for the eighth spot in the Western Conference. All I know is that it is going to be an exciting three weeks of hockey for the Sharks.

David is co-founder of wrapupp sports blog where fresh content is posted daily and present sports blogs and sports opinions - all with a West Coast bias. Growing up in the Bay Area, David is a huge supporter of all the local sports teams; the Giants, Athletics, Warriors, Sharks, 49ers, and Raiders. His one fault, admittedly, as many of his friends and family would say, is his love for the Los Angeles Lakers. Growing up, Magic Johnson was his favorite basketball player and he fell in love with the team. He chalks it up to, "Not knowing any better". Now his love for sports has turned just as academic as it is intuitive and he follows most all sports all over the nation.

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Sources: Sharks vs. Predators Recap. NHL 2012.

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Updated Friday, Mar 16, 2012