For all the talk about how this version of the San Jose Sharks was different, the disappointing end to the season was all too familiar for an organization still waiting for its first trip to the Stanley Cup.
The Sharks were eliminated from the playoffs Tuesday night with a 2-1 loss to the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, failing to convert on a few agonizingly close chances that will likely haunt the team until next season starts.
San Jose has the second-longest playoff streak in the NHL, having made it to the postseason nine straight times. But every one of those trips has ended short of the Stanley Cup.
''It's heartbreaking,'' center Logan Couture said. ''It's tough. It's been a long year. We battled hard to get where we were. We made some changes and played a good first round then forced, I think the best team in the league, to seven games and almost beat them in their building. It's tough to take.''
While the disappointment is similar, the feeling is very di...