SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — No one needs to remind the San Jose Sharks about the difficulties of closing out a playoff series, how each missed opportunity can give confidence to the opponent and plant seeds of doubt in the leading team.
Two years after becoming the fourth NHL team ever to lose a best-of-seven series after winning the first three games, San Jose is trying to pull off a historic comeback of its own in the Stanley Cup Final.
The Sharks looks to stave off elimination for a second straight contest and force a decisive seventh game in the final when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 on Sunday night.
“The longer it goes, you just feel that pressure, ‘You got to get it done, you got to get it done,'” defenseman Justin Braun said. “And when it doesn’t happen it creates a little frustration and you’re like, ‘We could have been done with this days ago and we’re still going.’ I think that gets in your head a little bit.”
That’s what happened to San Jose in the first round in 2014 against Los Angeles and what the Sharks hope the Penguins are feeling after failing to win the Cup on home ice in Game…