The Sharks went down in yet another overtime/shootout loss, dropping them to 1-1-3 on the five-game homestand. The recent record doesn’t look good with four straight losses at home and no one took solace in managing to scrape together a .500 record points wise.
“Obviously we’d like to get the win, it is what the game is all about,” said Jay Leach.
“We got outworked,” said Todd McLellan. “A half a goal a night makes a difference and you don’t know which is the most important shift of the game. It meant a little more to them than it did to us.”
A big problem on Friday night was that San Jose was not controlling the tempo.
“They came hard and I don’t know if we really answered that,” said Leach.
“I don’t think we played really well,” said Rob Blake. “We had the lead, but we weren’t playing well. They wanted the puck a little more.”
In a matter of hours the Sharks will hop back on their horse as they face Phoenix in a back-to-back situation.
“We have a game tomorrow and we have to regroup and get two points,” said Evgeni Nabokov.
“We’re going to have to regroup,” said McLellan of Saturday’s Phoenix game. “We always have trouble in that building and they are at home resting.”
Dallas managed to stay out of the box for the most part, but even with limited opportunities, the Sharks still know a goal is needed from their special teams group.
“We haven’t performed very well,” said Blake. “The power play only had a couple of opportunities, but we didn’t come up with it.”
Had the Sharks been able to win in the shootout, it would have been one of the most dramatic wins in franchise history. The deciding event went 11 rounds against Dallas, which is a record for the Sharks. McLellan had used most of his forwards and had resorted to going with defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic
as a shooter at the end.
“You started to look around to see who was next,” said Blake. “Nabby did a great job.”
The only Shark to beat Turco was Devin Setoguchi and McLellan felt the shooters could have supported their goalie in a much better fashion.
“I think Turco pokechecked us four or five times in a row,” said McLellan, noting the players on the bench should have noticed the pattern and adjusted.
Nabokov took the shootout in stride as the bigger picture was how the whole game was played.
“It’s part of the shootout,” said Nabokov. “Sometimes you score two out of three. It happens.”
McLellan appreciated his goaltender’s efforts.
“He gave us a chance to win and played very well,” said McLellan.
FIRST GAME IN TEAL
Jay Leach played in 15:53 in his first game as a Shark.
“It’s good to get out there in a game situation,” said Leach.
“For a guy who hasn’t played with us, he was one of our better defensemen,” said McLellan. “He showed confidence with the puck.”
While the power play struggled, the penalty kill did an amazing job despite allowing a goal. An unusual scenario gave the Stars a couple of minutes up two men and almost four minutes of power play time. They finally converted late in their power play time after the five-on-three time had been averted.
Rob Blake played his first game Friday as one of just a handful of NHLers in the 40-year-old club and he found a goal the day after his birthday.
It was Blake’s 235th career goal. He is now two goals behind Sharks GM Doug Wilson for 10th in the NHL’s all-time list for goals by a blueliner.
Kudos to the striped shirts for adjusting their call when San Jose was whistled for delay of game penalty while already down a man. A Dallas player clearly controlled the puck and sent it over the boards in the offensive end. For some reason the call was San Jose did it and that would have put the Sharks down two men.
However, the referees and linesmen huddled together and waived off the whistle.
Dany Heatley needs one more assist to reach 300 career assists. He also happened to score his 20th goal of the season against Dallas.
STARS HEAD COACH MARC CRAWFORD
“I like the way we played today, they played a real strong game and stayed with it. They found a way to tie the game up. And give the Sharks credit; after we tied it up they put a little push on and they were very good in the overtime.”
“That shootout was pretty special. I think it was the longest one that I’ve been involved and I’m sure it was for most of our players. It’s not very often where the shootout is the story of the game. But it was tonight.”
12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
The Sharks Store at HP Pavilion will be celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas hockey style beginning on December 13. Each day through December 24, the Sharks Store will announce a new special discount for the holidays.
On Sunday, the event will begin with a discounted jersey customization special.
Guests will receive 50% off the price of sewn lettering or a free heat press customization with the purchase of a regularly priced Premier or Authentic Jersey from the Sharks Store.
-Guests must purchase a Premier jersey that day to receive a free heat press customization or an Authentic Jersey to receive 50% off the price of sewn lettering.
-Jersey Workshop will be open from 12 pm to 4 pm customizing jerseys for guests while they wait.
-Additional Rules and Restrictions apply.
-No additional discounts apply.
-While Supplies last.
The Sharks will visit Phoenix on Saturday in a 5 p.m. tilt that will be available on CSN California, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.