If history continues repeating itself, then the San Jose Sharks can look forward to playing a Game 5 against the Red Wings.
This series has been a carbon copy of the one these two teams played last year, with the Sharks holding a 3-0 lead after a come-from-behind overtime win in Game 3. Sharks coach Todd McLellan talked after the game about how his team could be in for the same 7-1 beatdown they absorbed in last year's Game 4 if they didn't improve following this year's Game 3, when they were outplayed by the Red Wings.
McLellan talked a bit about changing up his team's routine heading into this year's Game 4, but players said nothing has changed following Thursday's practice at Joe Louis Arena.
"You don't look back on last year," said Devin Setoguchi, the Game 3 hero with a hat trick and the overtime winner. "It's been a totally different run. We started out of the playoffs in January, last place in our division, and we clawed our way back up. We just turned ourself into a better hockey club. There's no comparison to last year.
"Guys prepare the same way. Some guys have prepared the same way for probably 15 years. I do the same thing every game. I don't look at it or function any differently than any other game in the regular season."
"We didn't talk too much about it," Dan Boyle said of last year's Game 4. "We haven't wanted to talk about the past, but you guys keep bringing it up. When you look at what happened last year, it's not like we didn't care. We probably went out and gave 90 percent. We're not going to spend too much time talking about it unless you guys keep asking."
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