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So That’s What’s Wrong With Nabokov

from Craig Simpson of CBC,

Evgeni Nabokov entered the Olympics as one of the NHL’s top goalies statistically, but has returned from the games a shell of his former self.  His Olympic numbers were less than impressive with a 4.16 goals-against average and a .853 save percentage in three appearances.

The numbers however, are only part of the story.

In the biggest matchup of his life against the Canadians he served up a stinker of a performance.  It was his worst game ever.  Watching him finally get pulled from the game with the Canadians scoring at will, you had to wonder what lasting effect that kind of performance would have on his psyche.  The answer - unfortunately for Sharks fans - seems to be, devastating.

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Morning Line- Part 2

It may very well be that losing the top seed is not the worst thing in the world for this team. Going into the playoffs under a little less spotlight might just be what they need. Or maybe the demons of springs gone by are coming back to torture the men in teal. We’ll soon find out.

-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN on the San Jose Sharks.  Read more...

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Todd McLellan’s Job Is Safe

from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

So Merc columnist Mark Purdy and I both raised that same question today with different people — not because we thought a coach should be fired or would be fired as a result of San Jose’s six-game losing streak, but because there was indeed NHL precedent and you never know unless you ask.

Mark reached Doug Wilson back in San Jose and the GM’s response was succint:  “Todd’s our coach. That’s it.”

Before leaving Edmonton, I went to team captain Rob Blake and asked his thoughts on the matter:

“No, no, no. Not even close,” Blake said. “We are the best prepared, most analyzed team by far in the league. We’ve got a system everybody wants to play. It’s on the players, 100 percent.”

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You Know The Playoffs Are Close When Sharks Are Being Questioned Again

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

They’re being bloodied on a lot of nights. They’re losing games, and might wind up as the fourth seed in the West rather than the first if Phoenix catches them.

If they roll through regular season and go out early in the playoffs, people always say, “So what else is new?” If they stumble, like all teams, in league play, inquiring minds want to know if they’re worried.

“Gee, I hadn’t heard that before,” laughed defenceman Dan Boyle.

“I’ve asked our guy (Sharks beat reporter) a hundred times to quit asking (that question),” deadpanned Boyle. “But, until we win, it’s not going to end.”

Coach Todd McClellan knows the score. “The playoff reputation is certainly out there every season,” he said. “But what happens every year is you change your team, the look of it, and all you get is the opportunity to win, like everybody else. The analogy I use is the basketball tournament in the NCAA. You qualify and then, who knows what’ll happen after that?”

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Sharks Coach Has Concerns

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

At the top of the list of things that concern him during this current stretch is inconsistency, whether it’s the collective inability for the team to put together 60 minutes of solid hockey or the performance of individual players.

“Right now we just don’t have enough players every night,” McLellan said, not referring to quantity. “We get two or three back to where they’re supposed to be and then another two or three drop off.  And you can’t have that.”

There are other differences in the coaching staff’s approach this year.

“We’ve shuffled lines around quicker this year,” McLellan said. “We’ve used some of the players from the minors because we want to, not because we have to.”

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Sharks Lose Big To Dallas, So They Practice Today

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

The previously unscheduled practice after last night’s 8-2 drubbing in Dallas was about getting better, the coach said, not about punishment.

At one point McLellan did talk to the players about what went wrong on Brendan Morrow’s first goal, but the general idea was to look ahead to Vancouver rather than re-live the mistakes against the Stars.

So does McLellan think last night’s game was as low as it can go?

“You know, you’d like to think it is, but we have to work ourselves out of this and the key in that is working,” he said. “It’s something that we’d gone through earlier in the year, that we’ve gone through in the past, so there’s no reason we can’t right now.

“As long as we learn from it collectively, we’ll be better,” he added. “But if we don’t work our way out, if we try to short-cut our way out, we’ll stay in it a lot longer than we should.”

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Lapierre Hit On Nichol Questioned

via TSN,

The Sharks took exception to a play in the third period where Maxim Lapierre knocked an off balance Scott Nichol sending him hard into the end boards. A scuffle between the two teams ensued.

Nichol lay on the ice for a time before getting up on his own, but he left the game and did not return.

Lapierre was not assessed a penalty on the play.

After the game Sharks’ head coach Todd McLellan told the Mercury News he thought the hit was “a missed call and a real dangerous play.”

Sharks’ defenceman Dan Boyle had a similar view.

“There was, as far as I’m concerned, a really dirty hit on our guy Scott Nichol.” said Boyle. “Pushing a guy from behind into the boards, I have not seen the reply yet, but you can paralize a guy and there is no place for that in hockey.”

Watch the hit below…

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Nabokov Talks About His Team Russia Exerience

from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

...Nabokov, as usual, wasn’t ducking questions. He took responsibility — but didn’t want to let himself be defined by one game and at one point noted he was in the nets when Russia won the 2008 World Championships.

Here’s the transcript of our one-on-one conversation:

Q: Do you feel added pressure to show people that’s not who you are as a goalie?

“I don’t think one game makes you this or that – whatever it is, a loss or a win. Your whole career makes you who you are.  You always want to prove that you’re playing well, but games like that happen. What is different this game from what happened to us against Chicago, you know what I mean?

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Reaction To Heatley On Team Canada

from James Gordon of Hockey Capital,

So I was watching Canada dominate Norway after a slow start Tuesday night and my wife, who is a rabid Ottawa Senators fan, didn’t seem to know how to react to Dany Heatley’s two goals in the first game. If you’re new to this blog and only pay attention to hockey when the Olympics are on, Heatley mysteriously demanded a trade from the capital last summer and was dealt to the San Jose Sharks at the beginning of training camp.

continue & James wants feedback from Senators fans on how they feel about Heatley on Team Canada.  I may as well ask Oilers fans (or any other fan base) the same question.

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Jody Shelley To The Rangers

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Jody Shelley to NYR for a draft

added 3:53pm, via Bob McKenzie tweet,

NYR gave up sixth rounder in 2011 for Shelley. Become a 5th rounder if NYR re-sign Shelley.

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