Sharks: Killers or Hammerheads?

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:16 PM ET

DETROIT - The question remains as this series rolls on: Do the San Jose Sharks lack a killer instinct?

Having jumped out to a 3-0 series lead against the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference semifinal, the Sharks had hoped to be resting and relaxing by now.

But instead of shaking hands Sunday night, the Sharks were left shaking their heads after a 4-3 loss to the Wings in Game 5. Both teams boarded planes bound for Detroit Monday to prepare for Game 6 Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena.

The Sharks had a two-goal lead in the third period, looked like they were sitting pretty and then let it slip away to give the Wings new life. Suddenly, the Sharks are clinging to a 3-2 series lead and nothing is written in stone.

"We worked hard all year to prepare for these moments," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said Monday. "When you are up 3-0 you expect to feel like you want to win it in Game 4 and Game 5, but when you revert back to the beginning you expected a six- or seven-game series. That's what we have."


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