ALWAYS IN THE MIX, NEVER HOLDING THE BOWL

The Sharks were among the last six teams standing in the Stanley Cup playoffs this spring -- and the other five teams were the five previous Cup winners. Yet among those six teams, the Sharks had earned the second most points in the regular season standings over the previous five seasons:

NHL REGULAR SEASON RECORDS SINCE 2008-09 SEASON

1. Chicago 223-108-45, 491 points; won Cup in 2010

2. San Jose 220-108-48, 488 points; no Cups won

3. Pittsburgh 228-118-30, 486 points, won Cup in 2009

4. Detroit 214-114-48, 476 points, won Cup in 2008

5. Boston 215-117-34, 474 points, won Cup in 2011

6. Los Angeles 193-137-46, 432 points, won Cup in 2012