Extra rest is serving Sharks well
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."
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