SAN JOSE, Calif.
-- Entering last year's conference semifinals, the Sharks were flooded with questions about facing the mighty Detroit Red Wings
, a franchise that seemed to have the mental edge in previous playoff matchups.
The Sharks got that monkey of their backs in style, vanquishing the two-time defending Western Conference champions in five games.
Entering Friday night's Game 1 against the Red Wings in this year's conference semifinals, the Sharks are once again being flooded with one question, only it has a far different tenor: Does last season's playoff victory against the Red Wings give the Sharks the mental edge in this series?
"I figured that was going to be the question that was asked the most," Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle
said. "It hasn't disappointed."