Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/23/13 at 08:11 AM ET
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
... Friday night, the team that started 7-0-0 ended up on the wrong side of history, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks, who set an NHL record by completing the first 17 games of a season without a regulation loss.
Still, it was how the Sharks lost -- on a short-handed goal at 2:24 of the third period by rookie Brandon Saad after San Jose defenseman Brent Burns backed away from the shooter -- that had coach Todd McLellan doing a slow burn.
"I thought we let a player in a situation that wasn't very dangerous skate into a primary scoring spot without even challenging him," McLellan said.
So Burns needed to be more aggressive?
"Absolutely. The average hockey fan can tell you that," McLellan said.
read on which includes Burns explaining why he played Saad the way he did...
Watch the Saad goal below...
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