April 16, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31) saves a shot from St. Louis Blues right wing Jamie Langenbrunner (15) during the third period of game three of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals at HP Pavilion. St. Louis defeated San Jose 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

I Don’t Get It…


Last night was the first Sharks Playoff Game I have ever been to. I was really excited to be there and I felt like everyone else in the arena was as well! The game started off with a loud, intense, crowd…which faded and faded and faded as the Sharks lost the game goal over goal. The fade I can understand, but what I couldn’t understand was the fact that the arena emptied out alarmingly early!

I’ve been to games in the Tank before where people leave a couple of minutes early, but last night this place was clearing out with six minutes left on the clock! Ok, yeah its a weeknight, but seriously?! Number one its THE PLAYOFFS and number two, so much can happen in six minutes of hockey its unreal! The Sharks may not have been winning, but still, ITS THE PLAYOFFS and more importantly ITS HOCKEY! I fight for every second of live hockey I get to see, so to watch people walk out while there was still so much time on the clock made me kind of sad.

What do you all think? Do you think its good hockey etiquette to leave a game early? I can’t support that unless its an emergency. I see games as a commitment. If I’m going to pay that much money to see a game, I’m going to see the whole thing and make every cent count win or lose.

Thoughts? Opinions? Remarks? Any other hockey game etiquette things that grind your gears? Let’s hear it Sharks fans!

~ALH

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  • Kingshark49

    It could be a number of things. I feel a number of fans just felt the game was over a decided to “beat the traffic.” I would have stayed until the end because the Sharks are my team. However most sports fans these days are cynical. Just maybe with the Sharks taking a pretty sound beating at that point their may have been a lot of Déjà vu feelings making their rounds come the third period, that feeling being of past Sharks playoffs failures particulary over the last eight or nine years. I feel too if you are going to buy tickets for a playoff game you should at least stick around until the end and show the team some commitment on behalf of the fans. A true hockey fan never leaves. Also, let’s give credit where it’s due, the St Louis Blues have turned out to be one of the biggest surprises in the NHL this season and are a helluva good team that could get to the finals, and possibly even sneak up and win the Cup. They are a balanced and complete team with an awesome defense and a goalie tandum no other team has. I feel the Sharks have a chance in this series though it is somewhat slim. That does not meam that the fans should leave early, especially a playoff game. Sharks fans should at least make the most of this run however long or short it may be, there’s no telling what lies ahead in this teams future…

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