Extra rest is serving Sharks well

Updated: May 14, 2013, 11:35 AM ET
By Craig Custance

This may be the one rare instance in which the long break is advantageous. Typically in the playoffs, when a team has to wait a long period of time for its opponent, the early results aren't good. It can take time getting back the intensity needed to play at a high level during the playoffs.

And it's certainly been a while since the San Jose Sharks have played.

They eliminated the Vancouver Canucks with a 4-3 overtime win last Tuesday; one week later, they start playing again with  Game 1 against the Kings in Los Angeles.

Their playoff hiatus lasted just as long as their training camp this season, with camp officially opening Jan. 13, and their season-opening 4-1 win over the Flames on Jan. 20.

In this unique season, a team will take a break any time it can get one. Even in the postseason.

"Everybody played a lot of hockey. Certainly, a lot of the teams in the playoffs. Everybody has aches and pains and bumps and bruises," said Sharks GM Doug Wilson on Sunday evening. "It's just a way to catch their breath and fill their tanks."