2009 was a magical year for the State of Hockey. The first ever California playoff series. The Ducks had done all they could to destroy their team before the playoffs even began. They traded for current day Sharks legend and the object of all of Kevin Kurz's affection, Mike Brown. The Ducks even traded Chris Kunitz for actual garbage in Ryan Whitney. They even traded away Samuel Paulsson and Travis Moen (to the Sharks lol). Even all this could not prevent the Sharks from doing what they do best, completely falling apart in the playoffs.
IT WAS ALL THAT PATRICK "GUTLESS" MARLEAU'S FAULT – Jeremy Roenick
You see, that season the Sharks were supposed to win the Stanley Cup (a story we've heard too often). They won the president's trophy and were set to walk right into the second round with a first round matchup against the eighth seeded Ducks. That year was Jonas Hiller's breakout season. He split the year with J.S. Giguere and backstopped the Ducks to a 4-2 series win. To this day, fans everywhere (particularly Kings fans) chant Hiller's name at opposing goaltenders as a means of intimidation. HIIILLLLLEEEEERRRRR they scream as Niemi, Stalock or whichever shitty backup goaltender the Sharks ice that night allows a weak goal or boots out a rebound bigger than Hiller's own five-hole.
That Sharks roster was stacked. They had Joe Thornton, captain Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski, Devin Setoguchi (remember that guy) and of course the CHEEEEEECHHHHHUUUU TRAIN only one year removed from a 69 point season (NICE). There was Kings legend Christian Ehrhoff and the rotting corpse of Rob Blake. They even had resident shit eater Jeremy Roenick who is still crying about not being able to win the Stanley Cup:
In the end it all didn't matter. The Sharks were embarrassed by the Ducks because they sucked, just like they suck today.
Anaheim Ducks at Los Angeles Kings
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, 7:00 p.m. PST
Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA
Kings fans chant Hiller in an attempt to intimidate John Gibson. Jonathan Quick has a sub .900 save percentage by the end of the night. The Kings win because Milan Lucic and Dustin Brown manage to count to 5 together. The crowd celebrates with streamers and we get to hear about how the division title and regular season suddenly matter. #IsItMidAprilYet?????
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