Sharks lost for the first time in regulation in their last twenty games and their third straight overall. They gave up five goals in the second period en route to a 6-3 loss, that erased all the efforts of a strong first period where the Sharks went into the locker room up 2-1 behind goals by Thornton and Pavelski. Now, as bad as that seems, there is no reason to panic. Yes, Niemi had a meltdown and it is always painful to fall to the team that mercilessly beat you into submission in last year’s Conference Finals, but at the end of the day, it was one bad period and it is still the regular season. The Sharks are third in the Western Conference and worrying about the regular season is as useful as owning a pager these days. Look at ESPN, they were all over the Miami Heat when they lost by 30 to the Spurs the other week, saying how they cannot beat any of the elite teams in the NBA and how far behind they were blah, blah, blah. Since then the Spurs lost by twenty to the Lakers, the Heat have beaten the Lakers in that span and oh yea, the Heat blew out the Spurs last night by you guessed it, 30 points. So does this mean that the Heat are unstoppable and should be awarded the NBA championship already? No, one game is one game. Like the Heat, the Sharks have a great deal to prove come the postseason and until their inevitable playoff collapse, 756sports will support the Sharks with as much optimism as a virgin on prom night.
(full highlights here http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?hlg=20102011,2,1039&fr=false&cmpid=ggl1bx)