Experience Pays Off for Sharks

Experience Pays Off for Sharks

This was exactly how the Sharks were supposed to have a chance against the St. Louis Blues. The Blues are younger with jumpier legs, playing in their own loud building. The Sharks are older and experienced, more familiar with playoff adversity on the road.

Thursday night, older was better. Just barely. But better.

When the Sharks won in double overtime, 3-2, to take Game 1 of what promises to be a long series filled with tension, it was no shock to see who scored the clincher.

Marty Havlat, who had a reputation of being a big playoff guy in previous stops with Ottawa and Chicago before joining the Sharks via trade last summer, found open space in front of the net and buried the puck on a fine feed by Ryane Clowe.

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