The San Jose Sharks did just about everything possible to secure a 10th consecutive home victory to start the season, but in the end, the record setting performance ended up being a tough 4-3 overtime loss to Nashville.
“The guys were frustrated with the loss, but overall it was a good game,” said Devin Setoguchi.
“Tonight we played a heck of a game,” said Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan. “There were no passengers. I’m not concerned one bit.”
San Jose had flirted with breaking their single game shots record all season, but on Tuesday, they jumped all over the mark in posting 57 shots, seven more than their previous best. Team Teal had registered an impressive 43 shots after just 40 minutes of action.
“We did a lot of great things and we’ve got to keep doing them,” said Christian Ehrhoff. “We don’t have to press the panic button or anything.”
The Sharks gave a lot of the credit for Nashville’s victory to their man in the pipes, Dan Ellis.
“You have to give their goalie props,” said Setoguchi. “He played great.”
Just like their 5-4 victory against St. Louis last Thursday, Nashville never led in the contest until the overtime game-winner crossed the line.
For Setoguchi, it was personally an outstanding game as he posted his eighth and ninth goals of the season and helped set up the Sharks other tally. His second tally gave the Sharks a 3-2 third period lead and it came on his 10th shot of the night, tying a franchise mark most recently accomplished by Christian Ehrhoff.
The second tally was on play that Setoguchi started and finished.
“I just gave it to Patty and he gave it to Joe and he did what he does best,” said Setoguchi. In this instance he found Setoguchi driving the net.
The Sharks will take solace in the fact that they did earn one point and they will come out ready for their next contest.
“We’re going to be ready Thursday,” said Brian Boucher.
Nashville’s game winner came on a bang-bang play that Boucher had no chance on. A faceoff win led to a rifled shot that found the only hole up high.
“It blew right by me,” said Boucher. “You don’t expect them to make a shot like that.”
It seemed that there was something unusual about each Nashville goal, including one where the puck jumped up in the air and no Sharks seemed to be able to locate it.
“It just dropped right in the middle and their guy shoots it,” said Ehrhoff.
“The first one we gave them,” said McLellan. “The second I think they were offsides and the third we took a penalty.”
It seems what win or lose, the Sharks simply gather something from each contest that they can work on the next day.
“Maybe our faceoffs and our penalty kill didn’t clear the puck when it had the chance,” said Ehrhoff.
San Jose was playing without three stars in Evgeni Nabokov (lower body), Jonathan Cheechoo (upper body) and Dan Boyle
(birth of his child) and still managed a great outing.
“Having those players out hurt, but it helps the others get minutes,” said McLellan. “Competition in the room is good.”
The Sharks set an NHL record for most games with 40 plus shots with their eighth such game of the year. The feat is even more impressive because the Sharks are only 17 games into this season.
OUR LEADERPatrick Marleau
registered two assists in Tuesday’s contest. Marleau now has nine points (2+7=9) in the last seven games and leads the Sharks with 18 (7+11=18) overall.
HELP ME HELP YOUJoe Thornton
recorded his team leading 13th assist of the season on Setoguchi’s third period goal. Thornton now has 15 points (2+13=15) in 17 games this season.
Netminding prospect Timo Pielmeier was name the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League player of the week.
PREDATORS HEAD COACH BARRY TROTZ
“We stole this game. Dan Ellis stole it. They dominated us, we took too many penalties…San Jose was clearly the better team, but Dan Ellis was the reason we won this game.”
“They kept letting us hang around. They kept us on life support. We got off the table and got a big goal in overtime. I’m absolutely thrilled that we won a game that we should not have won.”
“We are missing some people, but we need some of our key people to play better. I think we have a couple of guys who are playing well, but we don’t have enough of them.”
The Sharks will host Calgary on Thursday November 13 at HP Pavilion in a 7:30 p.m. start that will be available on CSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com. Tickets are available at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at www.ticketmaster.com.