As much as we all wanted to see a Stanley Cup being boisterously hoisted by Jumbo a the end off all this, I can't help but feel great about the Sharks. What a ride this season was!
I have three favorite moments/things of this post-season which are burned into my brain.
1) Clowe cheering on Eager's scrap with Clifford. This was the opening of the playoffs. White was smothered (not necessarily with malicious intent) by Stoll and taken out of that game in the first period. Clowe was furious and wanted to give Stoll a sample of the rage that burned, but alas, no opportunity. Eager was fired up, target Clifford, and lit it up. the reaction by the Sharks' bench was priceless, especially Clowe. Just watch the fight clip on Hockeyfights.com and you will see what I mean if you need to be reminded. Hell of a way to start the playoffs.
2) Oh Captain, my Captain: Round 2, Game 7. Enough said. Throw in a little breakaway to beat Luongo in the WCF and dropping the gloves against Bieksa as a nice little bonus.
3) The conception of Evil Joe: Somewhere during the Detroit series, the Wolly Mammoth decided that he had enough with the press and felt the burden of wearing "the nice-guy hat." The Jumbo Joe we all knew was dismissed. In came Evil Joe: angry, snarling, to-the-point, borderline-antagonistic-to-the-press, awesomeness incarnate.
There were many others, but I thought I would share these.
'Til next season...
Almost forgot... COUTURE FOR CALDER!