A Natural Letdown
Thursday night’s game against Colorado started a string of three straight – as well as nine of their next 10 – at home for the San Jose Sharks. This game followed a successful road trip that saw the Sharks win three of four on the road.
Everyone knows the comforts of home – being able to sleep in the same bed every night, no planes or buses to catch and eating and spending time at familiar places.
So, human nature dictates that the body and the mind relax more than they should in this situation. Perhaps that’s what happened in San Jose’s 5-2 loss to Colorado.
“A lot of guys didn’t bring their ‘A’ game tonight,” Joe Thornton
said. “Obviously, it’s disappointing to come back and lose the first game at home.”
“I don’t think we were ready to play tonight,” Vesa Toskala said. “We know we’re going to be home for awhile and maybe we took our foot off the gas.”
Coach Ron Wilson certainly agreed. “Sometimes, you’re not mentally ready to play after coming off a successful road trip,” he said.
“For some reason, that’s the way it seems to be in sports,” Mike Grier said. “Sometimes you get home, get a little comfortable and try to do too much. We turned pucks over and they took advantage. They have a good transition game and when we made mistakes, they capitalized early.”
“We just didn’t execute very well,” Wilson said. “We were completely out of sync. That was obvious.”
Toskala said it best about what the Sharks need to do to stay consistent: “We have to work hard every night.”
ALMOST A HERO
Right wing Mike Grier had one of those nights that won’t totally show up on the stat sheet.
In the first period, he forced three Avalanche penalties. On top of that, Grier had four shots through the first 40 minutes, two blocked shots and missed on his first career penalty shot. That’s a pretty busy night for almost 17 minutes of ice time.
“I felt I skated pretty well,” Grier said. “There’s always more you can do and there are always plays you look back on that you could’ve done better.
“It was kind of a frustrating night to let two points go.”