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Head Coach Todd McLellan wants his team to reduce the amount of minor penalties they take

by Paul Gazzola /

Only four Oilers didn't register a hit in Friday's 2-0 victory over the Sharks in Game 2.

The squad showed the impact physicality can have in a playoff series, evidenced by the 41 total checks they delivered. The Oilers threatened the Sharks all night and as a result dominated much of the play but took six penalties for the second game in a row.

Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan wants his team to continue punishing but at the same time, wants to reduce the infractions.

"We think that's part of our game but between the whistle, we want to eliminate some of the obvious penalties," he said. "Some of them are a reaction - hooks, holds - that type of stuff and they're going to happen in a game but I think we can cut our penalties down by 50 percent."

McLellan's reason for that is easy to understand. Although they're only 1-for-12 in the series against the Oil, the Sharks can administer a potent power play with the right tuning.

"Their power play isn't going to be what it was yesterday; they'll get it fixed and repaired and it will become lethal," said McLellan. 

It's not every day that a team scores two shorthanded goals and it may not happen again.

"If we continue on the path we are, it'll cost us.

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