Apr 9, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton (19) during the game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center. The Ducks defeated the Ducks 5-2 to clinch the Pacific Division title. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
SAN JOSE SHARKS
The San Jose Sharks are the epitome of “close but not quite”. Year after year they are considered a top contender to advance far in the playoffs, but year after year they continue to disappoint their fans and find new and more incredible ways to bow out.
Such was the case in 2014, when they finished with a 111 point season and finished 2nd in the Pacific Division. Their reward was getting the third place Kings who were two years removed from a Stanley Cup Championship. After winning the first two games at home quite handily by scores of 6-3 and 7-2, they took a commanding lead in the series by winning game 3 in overtime. The Kings somehow flipped a switch between game 3 and 4, downing the Sharks four straight times (by 3 or more goals each time) to mount the incredible comeback and leave Sharks with a long off-season to ponder why the constant dark cloud sits over their heads.