The San Jose Sharks lead the Western Conference – after four games.
They have yet to lose in regulation and had a three-game winning streak snapped in a shootout loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday.
It’s a decent start to the season, following what was a tumultuous summer with many questions in the wake of the club’s disappointing elimination from the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. Up 3-0 in their first-round series to the L.A. Kings, the Sharks imploded and lost the next four games, getting ousted from the post-season by their California rivals.
As pointed out by Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area, the 2010 Boston Bruins held the same advantage over the Philadelphia Flyers, then lost four straight to get eliminated. The 2011 Bruins then went on to win the Stanley Cup, erasing a 2-0 series deficit to the Vancouver Canucks.
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan pretty much put any possible comparison between the 2011 Bruins and 2014-15 Sharks to rest on Friday. It is the middle of October, after all.
“The most recent analogy has been to compare us to Boston, and I don’t think that’s fair at all,” said McLellan, as per CSN Bay Area.
“Boston has its own organization, its own way of doing things, as do we. To say that history will or will not repeat itself is very unfair to our group. We have to go and play a long season and deal with the days as they come.”