When it comes to watching the Stanley Cup Final, many of the Sharks players are still like much of the Sharks fan base. There’s interest because they’re passionate hockey fans, but there’s still too much hurt to watch Vancouver and Boston play a game from start to finish -- especially after the Canucks eliminated the Sharks in five games of the Western Conference Final.
|San Jose Sharks' Ryane Clowe, left, battles in front of the net with Vancouver Canucks' Keith Ballard during the second of Game 5 of NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals Tuesday, May 24, 2011, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward) |
That last sentence describes Ryane Clowe
’s feelings about watching the Final.
“It’s hard to watch,” Clowe said. “It’s frustrating to get to the (next to last stage). You see guys battling, fighting it out and in the moment, you know how great it feels. It’s tough to see those guys still going through that. Vancouver is two wins away from lifting the Cup. We got so close and really have nothing to show for it. That stings for a while knowing how much you laid on the line.”
That being said, Clowe has watched every contest, just maybe not the entire event.
“I haven’t sat down and watched start to finish, but I’ve caught bits and pieces of each game,” Clowe said. “You’ve got to at least watch the third period.”
Clowe sees this year much like last year when he thought the best club was in Silicon Valley.
“I felt the top two teams were us and Vancouver,” Clowe said. “Last year, I thought it was us and Chicago. I still think Vancouver is going to win.”
Clowe can take solace in knowing the Sharks don’t have a lot of financial ramifications this summer. Translated, that means the team’s strong nucleus has a few more years left to attain the ultimate goal.
That still doesn’t make watching this year any easier.