If San Jose loses the series it will just add to thier 'mystique' of being a regular season team. While I realize that only one of 30 teams can win it all how many times has San Jose had a 'strong team capable of taking it all' only to choke at some point in the playoffs?
TSN had an article at one point (near the beginning of the playoffs I beleive) about how these playoffs can be a redemption for many teams (I believe they listed Vancouver, Washington, Philly and San Jose specifically), of course the only problem with being a redemption for 'many' teams is that most and possibly all of them will be disappointed.
Congrats to the Sharks. Niemi was fabulous last night. Setoguchi is friggin' kryptonite to the Wings and though I hated to see Marleau score, it was nice to see him shut Jeremy Roenick's piehole for a bit.
That said, I'm rooting for the Canucks in the next round and the Lightning to win it all (Help us, Stevie Y, you're our only hope).
Here's the playoff races that will be interesting in the last month of the regular season: Atlantic Division Title Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils Devils: 89 points, 39-19-6-5 with 13 games left Flyers: