ST. LOUIS – Baseball Hall of Famer Lefty Gomez who helped introduce the phrase "I'd rather be lucky than good," but it's a mantra often applied to hockey.
The San Jose Sharks are quite good at the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs. They hold 2-1
But they were also very fortunate. Some argue, really lucky. They rallied at Game 7 against the Vegas Golden Knights in Round 1 thanks to a five-minute major penalty called Knights forward Cody Eakin that should, in the best, two-minute minor. The NHL apologizes to Vegas for the mistake, and officials who have worked out the game have not worked back on the playoffs.
There was a Challenge of Coach in Game 7 against the Colorado Avalanche in Round 2, where Gabriel Landeskog was offside while changing the bank – a rare call, even if that game was right. On Wednesday, Timo Meier handed a hand that all four officials overlooked overtime that led to Erik Karlsson's goal of playing.
Do not use L-word around the Shark. They do not believe they are lucky. They believe they are good.
"I'm angry when you use words like this because this team played four or five game offsets. Not moments – games," said Sharks coach Peter DeBoer. "Twelve to 15 hockey elimination days against Vegas, against Colorado at Game 7, so I think this is a funny statement.
" Do you know? We found one way. And we face many difficulties. We had calls that fought with us and we called for us, and we were still standing. For anyone to reduce it, I feel disrespectful to our group and what we have done. "
Shark players echoed their coach.
" I do not know if there ever was a lucky team that won, "Evander Kane said." I think at the end of the day, it comes down to finding ways to win, and each team goes through emergency throughout the playoffs course. We played these playoffs. There are many different types of situations that have not yet come our way that we can push and find a way to be successful. "
Gus Nyquist forwarded that even though the breaks the Sharks had earned may be considered fortunate, they still need to take advantage of them – or, in the case of Game 3 against the Blues, put their themselves in a position to benefit from them.
"I can not say that we are lucky," Nyquist says. " [Against Vegas] our first unit of power play was performed to be perfect. They got four goals in five minutes. At Game 3, [Couture] the clutch appears and interacts with the game. We fight. We know we're not a game until it's over. "
" We are fighting. We have two series of seven-games. We fight for many victories and disappointments, "he said." I do not think it's lucky. We just work for it. I do not care what everyone is saying. We deserve to win. I do not like & # 39; lucky & # 39; overall. If you work for it, you deserve it. "