All in all, Wednesday night’s 7-2 loss to Chicago was simply an evening to forget. The Sharks surrendered a club record three shorthanded goals and didn’t post a tally themselves until the game was well out of reach.
“We certainly didn’t want to let them get a shutout,” said Dan Boyle
of the late goals. “There are no excuses. It’s one thing to lose, but they looked like an all-star team out there.”
“It’s at home and it’s embarrassing,” said Jason Demers
. “It’s disappointing, but at the same time you have to turn the page.”
That the Sharks have to hit the road tomorrow could be tough if the club doesn’t quickly pick themselves up.
“It’s not getting any easier with the two in Canada,” said Boyle.
“You want to learn from it and get back to the basics,” said Joe Pavelski
. “We’ve got to bounce back.”
The record setting three shorthanded goals against were simply too much to overcome.
“Once in a while (one) happens,” said Pavelski. “But having three can’t happen.”
It was an odd night while up a man as one goal came from an odd turnover and another from a man falling down.
“It was just indecision on my part,” said Kent Huskins of an error. “It’s momentum and it just kills your team.”
Even though the trio of tallies was the difference, the Sharks saw other things that have to be fixed.
“They were able to win the draws and get the matchups they wanted,” said Patrick Marleau
. “We didn’t execute the way we normally do.”
“To a man, we have to look ourselves in the mirror and say we weren’t good enough tonight,” said Huskins.
Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan noted the bad bounces shorthanded did not bother him as much as some other areas of the game did.
“When you’re not prepared to play, it can happen,” said McLellan.
McLellan noted that he and the club would look at the game copies on Thursday and move. They want to learn from the contest, but not dwell on it.
“We’ve go to take the emotion out of it,” said McLellan. “Tomorrow we’ll hold the players accountable and look at the video. We’ll make sure everyone knows what they didn’t do right. There wasn’t anyone who played they way they could and I take full responsibility for that.”
BLACKHAWKS HEAD COACH JOEL QUENVILLE
“You never know going into games. We really liked the contribution across the board. It was a special game and it’s nice to see Hossa contribute in a meaningful way.”
“The penalty kill got everything going for us when you have top guys on breakaways. Hossa will be a shootout guy for us, and it was a good start to his Blackhawk career.”
“I think we have a lot of enthusiasm on our team right now. We have had a lot of good success and momentum coming in here. There was a lot at stake. We would love to close the gap between us and them.”
The flow of the game put McLellan in a position to make a goalie change, but it was not a major indication of Evgeni Nabokov’s play.
“What do you do with Nabby after three short-handed goals, two of them were basically breakaways,” said McLellan. “I didn’t think Nabby was the issue one bit. Going into the third period we wanted to give Thomas (Greiss) some playing time and obviously he wasn’t the answer either.”
The Sharks will visit Edmonton on Friday in a 6:30 p.m. contest that will be available on CSN California, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.