Don’t Hang Your Head
The final score reads Anaheim 3, San Jose 2. The loss was the second straight by the Sharks and the fifth in the last seven games. The defeat puts Pacific Division leading Anaheim seven points ahead of San Jose.
All of that sounds discouraging.
However, there’s nothing but positive vibes coming out of the Sharks locker room.
Consider that San Jose outshot Anaheim, 18-2, in the final period. Consider that the Sharks held the Ducks top line of Teemu Selanne, Andy McDonald and Chris Kunitz to five shots and one goal. Consider that San Jose was coming off their longest road trip of the season and playing their first game at home since Feb. 6.
“That was a good effort by everyone tonight,” center Joe Thornton
said. “Bryzgalov (Anaheim goaltender Ilja) played great. I thought we played great defensively.”
Coach Ron Wilson echoed Thornton’s sentiments.
“We played really well,” Wilson said. “Their goaltender played really great and that’s the difference in the hockey game. It’s that simple.
“We had our energy and that’s a positive sign,” he continued. “We just have to eliminate simple little mistakes.”
“Usually after you come home off a long road trip, there’s a down period,” Thornton said. “It didn’t seem like that from the opening faceoff. It’s a good sign that the team is going in the right direction.”
“I know we had a big challenge here tonight and I thought the boys responded,” defenseman Matt Carle said. “After getting down 2-0, we battled back. Hopefully, we’ll take the positives out of this game and be ready to go on Wednesday for Nashville.”
NUMBERS, NUMBERS, NUMBERS
San Jose’s 42 shots on goal tied a season high previously set on Jan. 15 in a 3-1 win over Colorado. Anaheim’s two shots in the third period isn’t the fewest against the Sharks in a period this season. Phoenix only had one in the first period of a 4-1 win by San Jose on Jan. 13…Defenseman Scott Hannan was limited to four shifts and 3:21 of ice time. He’s day-to-day with a lower body injury…Left wing Milan Michalek had a season-high nine shots – seven of those coming in the last two periods. His previous high was seven in the season opener against St. Louis on Oct. 5. Michalek also scored two goals in that game. Tonight’s game against Anaheim and the Oct. 5 contest vs. St. Louis are the only times he’s posted multiple-goal games this year…Center Joe Pavelski
had six shots. In the last four games since he was activated from injured reserve on Feb. 21, he has 16 shots on goal.