- Craig Custance
The year the Chicago Blackhawks swept the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference finals, en route to their 2010 Stanley Cup championship, Sharks captain Joe Thornton maintained a similar message throughout the series.
The Blackhawks would win and Thornton, projecting an air of calm, would say the Sharks didn’t need to panic. He liked the way they were playing. They just needed to keep going and things would eventually turn.
The games were close and even after the Sharks found themselves down 3-0 in the series, Thornton’s message didn’t change.
“We’ve just got to stay calm. We’re playing good hockey,” Thornton said at the time, a crowd around him in the visitors dressing room in Chicago following a third consecutive loss to the Blackhawks. “But for whatever reason we’re down 3-0.”
The good hockey never translated to any wins in that series for the Sharks because every time the games were close, it was Chicago finding a way to win, not San Jose.
The Ducks offered somewhat similar responses from that same visitors dressing room following another crushing loss on Saturday.
Craig Custance writes that the Ducks like their chances as the WCF progresses, and offers up nine other takeaways from the NHL weekend.