Duck Bites Shark

Ignominious is such a great word, isn’t it?

The San Jose Sharks are familiar with the concept today after the Presidents’ Trophy winners were abruptly (and, yes, ignominiously) knocked out of the NHL playoffs by the 8th-seeded Anaheim Ducks .

The Ducks dominated the league’s first all-California postseason series in 40 years and, by doing so, became the fifth team since 1968 to beat the NHL’s top regular-season club in the first round of the playoffs.

The Sharks can start planning their summer vacations and beyond.  As noted in The National Post: “The loss might be the final game in the 20-year career of Jeremy Roenick, who postponed retirement to make two more runs at his first Stanley Cup.  Rob Blake, the 39-year-old defenseman, also could be gone, as could 43-year-old Claude Lemieux, who made a comeback after a 5 1/2-year NHL absence, but played just once against Anaheim.”

Meanwhile, the Ducks will get ready to face the Detroit Red Wings in an intriguing matchup of the past two Stanley Cup Winners. 

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Hey, the snow and ice may be gone (in Detroit, at least) and the calendar may say that it’s almost May, but it’s hockey time now.  Lace ’em up!

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~ by acm213 on April 28, 2009.

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