Championship hockey is more about persistence than privilege. True success isn't awarded through protocol, but rather taken through force of will.
That long has been San Jose's playoff problem.
The Sharks look to the Red Wings for clues in charting that elusive Stanley Cup path. They took their coach, Todd McLellan, from Mike Babcock's staff two years ago. They have emulated the Wings' puck-devouring offensive style, amassing a collection of highly exquisite skill selected high in the NHL draft.
It's only now that the Sharks finally might have tapped into the right Wings formula.