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Trending: Wings seek consistency after loss to Sharks

Athanasiou-Nielsen-Vanek continue to generate offense; Mantha ties Larkin for team lead in goals

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

SAN JOSE - Two nights after not allowing one goal, the Wings gave up six.

That resulted in a 6-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center Saturday night.

It is the first time this season the Sharks have scored more than four goals.

1. Thomas Vanek : Vanek, Frans Nielsen and Andreas Athanasiou have found some chemistry as a line, with the speedy youngster meshing well with the gifted veterans. The three teamed up for the first goal of the game, Vanek's 10th goal of the season, at 12:49 of the first period. That gives Vanek 10 goals, second on the team behind Anthony Mantha and Dylan Larkin with 11. Vanek has three goals in the last two games and five in the last six. The three were the most consistent offensive threats for the Wings all game. Athanasiou scored late in the game, his seventh of the season.

Quotable: "I thought Nielsen's line was good again tonight, I thought (Henrik) Zetterberg's line was good again tonight. I though the other night (Luke) Glendening's line was very good. Tonight I just thought it more Nielsen and Zetterberg's line. We need to be a four-line team, I believe. I think we need to be a four-line team and get production one night from one line, another night from another line. Tonight, we needed more probably from those other lines a little bit." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill

2. Anthony Mantha: It was not significant in the outcome of the game but Anthony Mantha scored on a rebound, beating Martin Jones with a backhand at 4:43 of the third period. Mantha has seven goals in his last eight games and has tied Larkin for the team lead with 11 goals. But Mantha's 11 goals have come in just 25 games. Mantha also has 12 points in his last nine games.

Quotable: "It's really hard. We started running around. We started being impatient. When we do have the puck, we don't quite make the smart plays. We just try to get it out of our zone and it comes back against us." - Mantha

3. Jared Coreau//Petr Mrazek: Jared Coreau earned a second consecutive start after his 34-save shutout of the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night but had a rough second half of the first period Saturday in San Jose. Joonas Donskoi was a constant threat, finally tying the game at 1 at 15:59 of the first. The Wings challenged that Kevin Labanc interfered with Coreau but after review, the goal stood. Just 90 seconds later, defenseman Mirco Mueller scored from the left point while Coreau was screened. Patrick Marleau scored at 19:31 as the puck hit Coreau's arm and went in the net. Mrazek replaced Coreau to start the second and stopped all 10 shots he saw in the middle frame. Mrazek fell victim to the deflections as well, giving up three goals in the third.

Quotable: "I thought Jared was fine, I didn't think it was bad but we need elite at the position. But with that said, a lot of it was tips, a lot of it was that kind of stuff around the net. Those can be tough goals at times to defend. I just think as a group we got to be better." - Blashill 4.

4. Consistency: The Wings know they need to put a winning streak together in order to get back in the Eastern Conference playoff mix. Maybe not 16 in a row like the Columbus Blue Jackets, but at least six like they had after the first two games of the season.

Quotable: "Hopefully we don't feel too good about ourselves because we win one game. I think we got to realize we got to win a lot of games here now. So I don't know if we have a different mentality after a loss, coming out you want it a little more. A little too much confidence in here after a win. You got to go out there and work, you got to work for 60 minutes and then see what happens. Yeah, it's been too many times we win a game and then we come out and the next game we don't show up." - Nielsen

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