SAN JOSE -- What started as a season filled with promise for the San Jose Sharks ended with the fastest exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs in team history.
The Sharks reached the Western Conference Final in each of the past two seasons. But instead of taking the next step in their quest to win the Stanley Cup for the first time, the Sharks lost their quarterfinals series to St. Louis in just five games this year.
The Blues ended the series Saturday night at Scottrade Center with a 3-1 win in Game 5.
“It's a terrible feeling right now,” Sharks captain Joe Thornton said after the loss. “Hats off to the Blues. They played great. But it sucks right now.”
Here are the five biggest reasons why the Sharks' quest for the Stanley Cup came up woefully short.
1. Offensive pullback
The Sharks scored only eight goals in five playoff games against St. Louis, but their problems putting the puck in the net didn't just emerge in the postseason. One season after ranking sixth in the NHL at 2.96 goals per game, the Sharks dropped to No. 13 at 2.67. They scored only 228 goals, 20 fewer than the past season.