For the Sharks Dan Boyle
, there could not have been a better way to score his first Sharks goal than finishing off the 5-4 come-from-behind victory against Philadelphia in overtime.
“That was an up and down game and we stuck with it,” said Boyle, who finished with three points on the night.
For the overtime winner, Boyle had dropped down deep in the offensive zone, a risky proposition with the club’s playing four-on-four. The offensive minded blueliner was quite aware that he had Joe Thornton
looking to set up the game-winner.
“I wanted to win it and get involved offensively,” said Boyle. “I knew who was on the ice and it was an open net. Four-on-four, there is a lot of ice.”
“It was nice to see him rewarded,” said Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan. “He played a lot of minutes the last two nights.”
Boyle had not scored in the Sharks first five games and explained that he was glad to get the monkey off his back.
“I’ve always said if I’m getting chances I’m happy,” said Boyle.
In overtime, McLellan showed he will stay with the same thought process no matter who the opponent is.
“My approach doesn’t changes no matter who we are playing,” said McLellan. “I really believe in out changing them. Everyone is tired.”
Although the Sharks were trailing for much of the contest, they played a strong game overall and that allowed them to rally in the end.
“We made a few defensive mistakes,” said Boyle. “For the most part, we’re happy with the effort.”
“On the positive side, we were resilient and showed a little character,” said McLellan. “We found a way to control our frustration when it started to show.”
The coach that he is, McLellan found something to work on from a game where the Sharks outshot their opponent 45-17.
“On the negative side, we were a little impatient,” said McLellan. “We put a lot of pressure on Nabby (Nabokov) with two-on-ones. Not too many, but the ones we did allow were pretty good ones. We have to tighten up in that area.”
McLellan changed the lines up a bit late in the game, pushing Jonathan Cheechoo to the right wing with Thornton and Patrick Marleau
and substituting Devin Setoguchi on Joe Pavelski
’s line with Jeremy Roenick also jumping up. Both Cheechoo and Setoguchi scored on the evening with Setoguchi’s marker sending the contest to overtime.
“We were a little frustrated in the second period,” said Setoguchi. “Things weren’t going the way we wanted them to be going. He juggled the lines to see what we had.”
On the game-tying goal, Setoguchi simply followed the plan that was installed early in training camp.
“J.R. was going to the net and I was coming down the flank on the right side,” said Setoguchi. “It was picture-perfect for what he’s (McLellan) been explaining.”
As for Cheechoo’s goal, he was simply making a redirect from a point shot.
“I was just trying to get a stick on it and screw the goaltender up,” said Cheechoo.
McLellan rolled out two forward lines in the overtime and that was all it took. Marleau and Cheechoo came out first and Thornton and Setoguchi finished things up.
Setoguchi’s game-tying goal was the Sharks fourth of the night, came with 4:44 left on the clock and was on the Sharks 40th shot.
There were numerous scrums on the evening which should make for a nice rematch on Wednesday. The first ensued when Rob Blake made a big hit on Brad Richards to prevent a first period tally. The shot knocked off Richards helmet and sent him into the post.
Another occurred with three to go in the first and the Sharks were buzzing in the offensive zone. Philly was getting a bit frustrated and Braydon Coburn took a shot at the head of Boyle. A major scrum ensued with everyone on the ice grabbing somebody.
There was also some friendly chatter when the first period concluded.
For the second straight game the Sharks incurred a fighting major. Jody Shelley was the sheriff on this night in a battle with Riley Cote.
The Sharks will finish the odd home-and-home set with an Eastern Conference team when they visit Philadelphia on Wednesday. The 4 p.m. PST game will be available on CSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.