Sharks won't roll over, despite 3-0 hole 

May, 22, 2010

CHICAGO -- If the Sharks don't go all Philly on us and come back from their 3-0 series deficit against the Blackhawks, the teal gang will regret letting so many power-play chances slip through their gloves in the Western Conference finals.

In Game 1, on home ice, San Jose went 0-for-5 with the extra man. (Chicago had no power-play chances in that game.) The Sharks went on to lose a 2-1 thriller.

In Friday's Game 3, Joe Thornton and his mates enjoyed six more power-play opportunities. And while they were able to convert a two-man advantage in the second period, they couldn't capitalize on any of the other Hawks miscues -- including three man-up situations in the third period. If they could've buried one of those three, the Sharks just might have climbed back into the series. Instead, they're about to be lost at sea.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.