On the Brink of Elimination

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    NEWSLETTERS

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    Adam Burish is knocked down by Douglas Murray and Scott Nichol as goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. Burish didn't score but they kept the pressure on with 22 shots on goal.

    The San Jose Sharks haved face "must win" games before, but this one is the most important of the entire 2009-2010 season.   The Sharks play the Blackhawks today in Chicago at high noon and they are down in the Western Conference series 3-0.

    A loss means they come home to San Jose and will miss a long-awaited chance to compete for the Stanley Cup.  Mercury News writer Mark Purdy has already written the team off.  He wrote, "The Sharks will not win this series," in Sunday's paper.

    San Jose coach Todd McLellan is not giving up. He reminded people it was just last week that Philadelphia came back from a 3-0 deficit.  "We have to regroup and come back with the same effort."  Adding, "We have been in this series for every minute. We know we are in a hole and have to dig out of it."

    Sharks goalie Evgeni Nebokov says the teams are so evenly matched, just one bad bounce can make a big difference.  "That's playoffs. That's how we won the Detroit series.  It looks easy, but it wasn't," Nabby said Saturday.

    Sunday's game is on NBC and NBC Bay Area will send out a breaking news alert if the Sharks fail to pull out a win and are official eliminated.

    As for the Blackhawks, they on the brink of reaching the Stanley Cup final for the first time since 1992.