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Sharks saddled with psychological baggage (?!)

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Eric Duhatschek fires up the playoff hockey mad libs generator: "it could go one of two ways. Either it makes them stronger and they finally develop that killer instinct; or they meekly go away one more time" "Against the Sharks, that’s not a bad strategy, given their historical tendency to implode." "no one would be making the same-old observations about the Sharks and their inability to win when it matters." Can I add one? "This one won't be settled until the final buzzer sounds." Oh, and how about a list of terms that don't go with hockey? 1. angst 2. psychological baggage 3. bad karma 4. fragile squad (in reference to mental state) 5. quirky happenstances 6. miracle or two All in Eric's piece, for your reading enjoyment. And, last but not least: "if San Jose changes the core group, it will likely mean the end for...starting goaltender Evgeni Nabokov..." No shit! Nabokov played terrible for four seasons following the lockout. This year's higher save percentage is an aberration. The Sharks would be nuts to re-sign him, even if they win the Stanley Cup.

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