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Olympic-light Sharks looking fresh

Sending fewer players to Sochi seems to be paying off against the Kings

Updated: April 24, 2014, 3:25 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- Inescapable while watching the dominating performance of the San Jose Sharks early in these playoffs is just how fresh they look.

They've got so much jump, so much energy.

And you start to wonder, did having just four players go to the Sochi Olympics turn into a blessing in disguise for them?

While fellow contenders sent more players to the Olympics -- and some of those players complained of fatigue down the stretch of the regular season -- the Sharks ...

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