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Sharks know they need to be better in Game 2

by Dan Rosen / NHL.com
VANCOUVER -- Unfortunately for the Sharks, the game film they watched Monday morning was eerily similar to the actual game that was played Sunday night.

Of course it was, you say? Well, yeah, but the Sharks were at least hoping to find something different on film to feel better about themselves the day after blowing a pair of leads and losing, 3-2, to fall behind 1-0 in the best-of-seven series with Game 2 not until Wednesday night at Rogers Arena (9 p.m. ET, CBC, VERSUS, RDS).

"It looked very much like the game itself. We weren't surprised this morning at all," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "As much as we were hoping to see a different game, it was that game."

McLellan said after Sunday's loss that his team "looked tired, sluggish." The game tape confirmed his feelings.

"We were slow," he said. "We didn't get to the battles that we needed to get to, and when we got there, quite frankly, we were out-battled. It's as simple as that. I can't paint any more of a picture than that. And, that will have to change."

The players thought their coach was spot on.

"I agree with him," said rookie center Logan Couture. "I thought as a team we looked slow, we weren't executing. It started with mental and it went through our legs. We let them take the game to us. For whatever reason it was we looked tired out there. We'll bring a much better game on Wednesday."

Defenseman Dan Boyle said the problems the Sharks' saw on film were with their speed and decisiveness through the neutral zone.

"Just us having the puck coming through the neutral zone and doing absolutely nothing with it," he said. "Guys busting their hump to get up the ice and the guy that has the puck turns it over or does nothing with it. They obviously turned it up in the third, but they had to and we spent way too much time in our zone the whole game really."

McLellan felt San Jose's second line of Couture, Ryane Clowe and Dany Heatley were particularly ineffective. Clowe simply said they were awful.

"We didn't get anything going on the cycle because we got to the blue line and turned it over," he said. "We were chasing."

It goes back to the play in the neutral zone, Clowe said.

"We came out pretty clean, but a lot of times we had the puck on our stick and when you can't get it in to go get it -- give Vancouver credit," he said. "They stand up well on the blue line, hold the line well and get a lot of support. We adjusted well against Detroit when they did that, but (Sunday) night, it was more of a focus thing than a mental thing. We just weren't ready."

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