Twenty minutes into Saturday’s practice at Sharks Ice at San Jose Head Coach Todd McLellan cracked the whip.
It’s not out of the ordinary for the rookie coach to bark at his players, but after seeing their slow start to practice, McLellan whistled his men back to the white board.
“It’s April,” said McLellan. “We wish that they could come out and be sharp right from minute one to minute 45, but sometimes they have to be woken up. It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last time. I was happy with the pace of practice. The execution early wasn’t as good, but it got a lot better and we should be ready to play.”
This strategy is not uncommon for coaches at this time of the year. McLellan explained that the same thing happened in Detroit during his tenure. And by doing it on Saturday in San Jose, the Sharks responded. The twenty minutes spent on special teams’ drills was some of San Jose's best.
“We were still asleep,” explained Sharks center Jeremy Roenick in response to his coach’s pep talk. “A little wakeup call is always nice.”
One explanation for the Sharks slow start could be the extra day between games. Usually players only get one day between games in the playoffs, however because of scheduling conflicts in both San Jose and Anaheim, the Sharks and Ducks have to wait until Sunday to play Game 2.
Inside the locker room, there were mixed feelings about this extra time.
“It’s nice,” said Sharks center Joe Thornton
about having an extra day between games. “It re-energizes the body and you get to think an extra day. So it’s not a bad thing at all.”
“I don’t mind an extra day,” explained 39-year-old veteran Rob Blake. “But it seems like a long time. When you watch other games going on, it seems like a week since we played. So we’re anxious to get going again.”
“I hate it, it drives me nuts,” said Roenick. “But we had two good days of practice and we’re going to get back out there tomorrow and hopefully even this thing up.”
If there will be any line adjustments on Sunday, it wasn’t apparent at practice. The same forward lines were grouped together and McLellan was mum about changes for Game 2.
“We’re still working on that and we probably won’t announce anything until game time,” he said.
CSN-BAY EARNS EMMY NOD
The San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has recognized Comcast SportsNet Bay Area with thirteen Emmy Award nominations in seven categories. The announcement was made by Ted Griggs, Vice President and General Manager, Comcast Sports Net Bay Area.
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s Emmy Award nominations:
Sports - Regularly Scheduled Daily or Weekly Program
“G-Mag: Orange and Black-San Francisco and the Giants,” Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
David Koppett, Executive Producer; Sean Maddison, Producer/Writer
“All A's: A's in Japan,” Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
David Koppett, Executive Producer; Devon Fox, Coordinating Producer
Dave Bernstein, Mark Jordan, Producers, Sean S. Day, Associate Producer;
Michael Phillips, Director of Photography; Jack Pavelick, Editor; Ron Aguilar, Graphic Designer
Sporting Event/Game - Live/Unedited - Program/Special
“A's Baseball - 5/4 - A's vs. Rangers,” Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
David Koppett, Executive Producer; Tom Adza, Director; Glen A. Kuiper, Play by Play Announcer
“Giants Baseball - 8/9 - Giants vs. Dodgers,” Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
David Koppett, Executive Producer; Joseph T. Washington II, Coordinating Producer;
Jeff Kuiper, Producer; Daniel Peterson, Associate Producer; James P. Lynch, Director
Duane Kuiper, Play by Play Announcer; Mike Krukow, Color Analyst; Amy U. Gutierrez, Reporter
“Warriors Basketball - 12/26 - Warriors vs. Celtics,” Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
Ted Griggs, Executive Producer; Phil Pollicino, Producer; Joseph T. Washington II, Producer/Correspondent;; Tom Adza, Director; Bob Fitzgerald, Play by Play Announcer; James F. Barnett, Color Analyst; Scott Reiss, Talent
“Sharks Hockey - 4/22 - Sharks vs. Flames Game 7,” Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
David Koppett, Executive Producer/Producer; Devon Fox, Coordinating Producer;
Frank A. Albin, Director; Sean Maddison, Associate Producer; Randy Hahn, Play by Play Announcer; John W. Shrader, Sideline Reporter
Promotion - Program - Single Spot
“Sharks Summer’s Over,” Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
Tom Pellack, Executive Producer; Jennifer Franklin, Producer
Promotion - Program - Campaign
“I Don't Know,” Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
Tom Pellack, Executive Producer; Jennifer Franklin, Richard Americo Tommassini,
Producers; Jim Lesser, Writer/Creative Director; Jon Soto, Writer/Creative Director
On-Camera Talent - Sports Play-by-Play
“San Jose Sharks Hockey Announcers,” Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
Randy Hahn, Talent
Graphic Arts - Graphics and Animation - Program
“Toyota Savemart 350 Open,” Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
Tom Pellack, Ron Aguilar, Timothy Hanson, Graphic Designers
“A Day in the Life (Open),” Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
Ron Aguilar, Timothy Hanson, Tom Pellack, Graphic Designers
“Earthquakes Soccer Show Open,” Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
Ron Aguilar, Timothy Hanson, Tom Pellack, Graphic Designers
Graphic Arts - Set Design
“Promotion Tool Kit,” Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
Jim Iacona, Darius Milne, Tom Pellack, Richard Americo Tommassini, Set Designers
The 38th Annual San Francisco/Northern California Area Emmy Awards ceremony takes place Saturday, May 16 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.
RECORD BREAKING BROADCAST
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s telecast of last night’s San Jose Sharks-Anaheim Ducks game one of the Western Conference Quarterfinals delivered an average 4.2 television household rating.
Over 101,000 households were watching in the San Francisco/San Jose television market.
The game drew a peak audience of over 131,000 households (5.4 rating). The Sharks-Ducks telecast delivered the highest-rated playoff game one in the history of the network. The previous high was 2.2 on 4/11/07 a Sharks-Predators first-round game one telecast.
Additionally, the game was the third highest all-time rated Sharks telecast for the network, behind only a 5.9 on 5/4/08 Sharks-Stars and a 4.6 on 4/22/08 Sharks-Flames.
The key advertiser demos of Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 registered significant ratings – 3.0 for Adults 18-49 and 2.5 for Adults 25-54. In addition to the game ratings, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area posted high ratings for Sharks Pregame Live (1.4), Sharks Postgame Live (1.8) and SportsNet Central (0.9)
The Sharks post-season ratings surge on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area follows the momentum of a record-breaking 2008-2009 regular season rating. Comcast SportsNet Bay Area averaged a 1.4 television household rating (approximately 33,900 households), the highest-rated Sharks season in the history of the network, and a 56% increase from the 2007-2008 regular season rating.
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area will present game two of the Sharks/Ducks Western Conference Quarterfinal series on Sunday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m. from the HP Pavilion.
Prior to each playoff game on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Sharks Pregame Live will present a preview of the upcoming game with exclusive pregame interviews, feature stories on Sharks players and the latest team news. Immediately following the game, Sharks Postgame Live will present in-depth game analysis, highlights, interviews and player reaction, and a preview of the next game.
The Sharks will play hosts to the Ducks in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Sunday, April 19 at 7:00 pm. The game will be broadcast on CSN in HD, 98.5 KFOX FM and SJSHARKS.com.