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Sharks shoot for six-game road sweep

Monday, 10.31.2011 / 12:34 PM

By Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer / At the Rink blog

NEW YORK -- After giving many of his veterans a day off following the Sharks' 3-2 overtime win against the Islanders on Saturday, coach Todd McLellan put his team through a full morning practice Monday at Madison Square Garden. McLellan is obviously pleased his team can complete its six-game road trip without a blemish with a win against the Rangers tonight, but he wants to see a better effort than the one he saw on Long Island.

"It was a good day for everybody," McLellan said of Sunday. "We had some of the lower-minute guys skate and they got their legs again, and some of our higher-minute guys got a day to rest. We have no excuses heading into tonight's game. We should be rested and have a little more juice than we did on the Island."

Asked the difference between finishing the road trip 6-0 and 5-1, McLellan gave the obvious answer.

"Two very important points," McLellan said. "You talk to Dallas or Chicago at the end of the year last year, and every point is important. Records and streaks and all that type of stuff don't matter."

McLellan said he'll make some decisions about the lineup in the afternoon, but here's what he'll likely use against the Rangers:

Patrick Marleau - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski
Ryane Clowe - Logan Couture - Martin Havlat
Andrew Murray - Michal Handzus - Torrey Mitchell
Brad Winchester - Andrew Desjardins - Jamie McGinn

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Brent Burns
Douglas Murray - Dan Boyle
Colin White - Jason Demers

Antti Niemi
Thomas Greiss

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Playing for my favorite team growing up, I've probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway. It feels good to actually do it in real life.

— Dale Weise, who grew up a Canadiens fan, on scoring the overtime winner in Montreal's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 1