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Sharks haven't forgotten Red Wings' mettle

by Brian Hedger /
Don't try to convince Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray that San Jose somehow wants to win worse than the Red Wings.

The Sharks have won 10 of the previous 12 meetings between the teams when you taking into consideration last year's playoff series and regular-season games, not to mention taking the first two games of this series.

Still, all Murray needs to do is look up at the many banners hanging in the rafters at Joe Louis Arena -- 11 of the Stanley Cup variety, four since 1997 -- to counter the Sharks "wanting it" more theory.

"After all their Stanley Cups in the rafters and on that team, I don't think you can question their want or will to go and get more," Murray said. "I think I've mentioned to them at some point, like, 'Well, you're probably getting tired of winning the Cup,' and they say, 'You never get tired of that.' They want it just as much as we do."

So then how does he explain San Jose's recent dominance -- especially the Sharks' ability to win a spate of one-goal nail-biters?

"They had our number for a long time before that and those were tight games then, too," Murray said. "Why did they win all the time? It's tough to explain. You can't say when the teams are so even, 'Oh, that team is much better.' It could be a confidence thing. It could be a swagger thing. I really don't know. I don't have an answer for it … but I hope it keeps going."
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