Just when you thought things couldn’t get any better for the San Jose Sharks, they did.
If you’ve followed the first round of the NHL playoffs, you might think the hockey gods are on the side of the San Jose Sharks. They swept the rival Anaheim Ducks, and saw their biggest rivals, the Los Angeles Kings, swept a day earlier.
There’s plenty of reason for fans to be optimistic in San Jose. The Sharks lead all Western Conference postseason teams in goals per game, with four. They have the highest PDO in the playoffs. Goaltender Martin Jones is firmly in the (extremely early) Conn Smythe Trophy conversation. Jones is 4-0 with a .970 save percentage and a 1.00 goals against average.
The team’s franchise leader in assists, Joe Thornton’s, return seems imminent.
And if that wasn’t enough, they now have received the blessing of a God as well. A “BasedGod,” to be exact.
Although Sharks forward Joel Ward has yet to appear in the postseason this season, he was the team’s first star Monday. He asked the rapper and bay area native, Lil B, to show some love to the Sharks, and he responded.
Lil B The BasedGod blessed the Sharks, giving the team its first win since the aforementioned sweep over Anaheim.
This is just the latest in a line of outstanding postseason performances by Ward. He scored 13 points in 24 games in 2015 on the Sharks run to the Stanley Cup Final. Ward’s points per game rises from .42 in the regular season to .63 in the playoffs. He’s as clutch as they come.
And thanks to a change in the playoff format, San Jose is matched up against an expansion team in the second round. Whereas, the top two teams in the Western Conference in the regular season, Nashville and Winnipeg are matched up against each other.
Everything’s coming up Sharks in April. Let’s see how May goes for them.