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from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
Despite outshooting Arizona 43-25, including 91 shot attempts to 48, the Sharks lost 4-3 in a shootout to a rival that is now threatening to overtake them in the Pacific Division standings. The Coyotes (9-10-2, 20 points) have played two fewer games than San Jose (10-9-4, 23 points), which still sits in fifth place in the division but is fading fast.
A homestand that was supposed to get the Sharks going in the right direction after some miserable efforts on the road has yet to produce the desired results. San Jose has lost both games, including a shootout to Florida on Thursday, and is just 2-3-2 at SAP Center.
“To have the record at home that we have now is unacceptable,” Joe Pavelski said. “Can’t really make excuses. Come back from a long trip, you’ve got to find a way to win at home, especially if you’re not going to clean up on the road. You’ve got to clean up at home.”
Coach Todd McLellan pointed out that his team has won just six of its last 18 games (6-10-2).
“That’s not a record that puts you in the playoffs, and that’s not a record that allows you to challenge for anything,” he said. “We’re concerned. That’s pretty obvious.”
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
The Sharks practiced what they've been preaching Saturday, putting veteran forward Adam Burish on waivers in their effort to become a younger team.
Burish, 31, has one goal and two assists in 20 games. More significantly, he is a minus-6 playing an average of 11:08 per game in a limited fourth line role.
"It's where we are as an organization," Coach Todd McLellan said after his team's Saturday morning skate. "We made a commitment to brining some younger players in, and at this point with Adam's position and where he is in the lineup, we are exploring some younger possibilities there."...
"Somebody could use that type of player in the league," the coach said. "He'll get an opportunity to move on and play somewhere else."
a bit more
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
The Stars continued to shake up their defense Friday, sending Brenden Dillon to San Jose for Jason Demers and a third round draft pick, according to an NHL source.
Dallas already traded Sergei Gonchar to Montreal last week and lost Kevin Connauton to Columbus on waivers this week, so this makes the third defenseman to leave in the first two months of the season.
Dallas Stars release is below...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
There are young players that have developed and are ready for bigger roles in the organization. While it’s almost certain they’ll have NHL jobs next fall, they might even have NHL gigs by January if the team’s topsy-turvy play continues.
What’s also in question, I would surmise, is the future of the coaching staff if the team’s play doesn’t improve through this important stretch of home games over the next few weeks.
Todd McLellan is tremendously respected around the league and he wouldn’t be out of a job long if something ever happened. But if the inconsistent play continues -- keeping in mind the losses to bad teams they've already had this season -- it wouldn’t be completely out of the question for Sharks management to consider a coaching change.
I think given the direction of a Sharks team that’s re-building, there are lots of possibilities to ponder if the team’s play doesn’t improve.
“We’re pleased that we got the point. Obviously it didn’t look too good with 30 seconds left, so we’ll take the point. Would have preferred two. Find a way to get one in the shootout, but when we look at the game. . .
“We get scored on in the first 30 seconds and the first shot coming home from that road trip, we could have responded differently. At least we responded positively. I thought we found our game after that.
“We’re pretty good through about 36 minutes, and then they scored and I thought after that, well into the third period, we were kind of on our heels. Maybe the fear of losing crept in a little bit. Got desperate at the end and scored.”
-Todd McLellan, head coach of the San Jose Sharks after a 3-2 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers at home. More from McLellan from David Pollak of Working The Corners.
This overturned goal would have cut the San Jose deficit to 3-2, instead the score remained 3-1 and Buffalo scored an empty net goal to make the final score 4-1.
from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,
Sharks coach Todd McLellan said the first period was probably his team's best, but "we come out in the second and third period and play dumb hockey. Just flat-out dumb. Pinching, giving up two on ones, three on twos. We had only given up 10 shots after two periods and we're down (3-1). Just dumb hockey.
"You don't win at any level playing like that. You don't beat any type of team playing like that."
from an email I received today...
Hey Sharks Fans,
What if you could experience the bone jarring board checks while watching the game from your living room? Now you won’t have to wonder as this season, new technology is bringing the pulse-pounding action to life for all San Jose Sharks 2014-15 home games at the SAP Center that are telecast by Comcast SportsNet California.
Here’s how it works:
- Sensors are attached around the rink panels to capture the players’ impact as they crash into the board
- That action is converted into a new digital stream brought into the living rooms through Comcast SportsNet California
- Guitammer’s patented 4D Sports technology converts this stream to a signal that activates a furniture-shaking device – and boom: Feel the hockey action right from the comfort of your living room
To celebrate this new way to enjoy the Sharks season, Guitammer invites you to the debut of this technology. Try it out yourself at the Kezar Pub in San Francisco from 5:30 pm – 10 pm on Thursday, November 20. The first 50 fans that try the demo and share their experiences via Twitter/Facebook receive a $12 voucher good for food and drinks!
from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,
The most composed player on the ice Sunday night for the Sharks was a goaltender making his NHL debut.
Troy Grosenick made his first start a historic one, making 45 saves to lead the Sharks to a 2-0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena.
It is the most saves by a Sharks goalie in an initial start, and according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Grosenick is the first goaltender since Mike Fountain for Vancouver in 1996 to record 40 saves or more and a shutout in his NHL debut.
"I think what really calms you down is your preparation before the game even starts," said Grosenick, who was called up by the Sharks on Wednesday after an knee injury to Alex Stalock. "I just stuck to the same process as always, tried to treat it like any other game and felt calm and composed right from the drop of the puck."
continued and watch the game recap below...
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
With a four goal lead and Roberto Luongo in net, Florida finally got to enjoy a blowout of its own design and snapped a three-game winless streak with a 4-1 rout of visiting San Jose at BB&T Center.
"I think we really stuck to our game plan and we were ready to go right from the start,'' said Jimmy Hayes, who gave Florida a 1-0 lead midway through the first.
"We continued playing throughout the game. We got the quick start and kept the pressure on them. And Luongo was played like he does. He keeps us in every game. ''
from Working The Corners,
Sharks coach Todd McLellan listed several things that went wrong Tuesday in the third game of the seven-game trip.
“We didn’t execute at all. We didn’t put two passes together. So, any time we did win battles for the puck and have an opportunity to get up ice, maybe made the first one, but we sure didn’t make the second one,” McLellan said.
“Didn’t have the puck a lot. Our defensive zone coverage, our awareness, obviously on the first couple of goals hurt us a lot. We just never established any type of energy in the game, any type of consistent attack. We spent more time defending, and a lot of it was our own doing because we didn’t manage the puck well.”
Alex Stalock first off should have held on to the puck, instead he throws the puck up in the air and tries to swat it out of the zone, which ended badly for both sides.
Roussel, maybe expecting a different move from Stalock, crunches into him right after Stalock sends the puck in the direction of the paying people.
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