The San Jose Sharks lost a tough 4-1 game to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night, but the biggest obstacle came with the game tied 1-1 late in the first and Sharks Joe Pavelski
was kicked out of the game for a questionable headbutting incident.
“It made a huge impact on our team [to lose Pavelski],” said Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan. “He’s perhaps been our best player over the past few games, a penalty killer, he anchors a power play. When you lose him you have to have people pick up their game a little more, and that didn’t happen tonight.”
On the play, a scrum ensued around the Dallas net and Pavelski, likely the final pick of any Sharks player to be accused of such an action, was kicked out of the evening for a headbutt.
“I definitely didn’t mean to do it if it happened. It was more of me getting yanked down,” said Pavelski. “(The call) caught me by surprise. Sydor made more of a deal of it. If there was a little contact, it was on the shield a little bit. I didn’t really feel it (if it happened).”
“I haven’t seen it, so I can’t comment” said McLellan.
After the shock of getting kicked out, the Sharks player who was named the Seagate Player of the month prior to the game starting, we more hurt he couldn’t help rally the troops.
“I was more surprised than anything,” said Pavelski. “Then I was disappointed. I wanted to be out there and it was a 1-1 game.”
With Pavelski out, the Sharks lines, already shuffled with the absence of Mike Grier and Jeremy Roenick out for an extended period, looked a bit more out of the ordinary.
“It happens and we’ve got to be ready for whatever is thrown at you,” said Captain Patrick Marleau
With the trade deadline facing the NHL at Noon PST on Wednesday, the players will go about their normal business with an 11 a.m. practice. By the time they are off the ice, the final transactions should be in.
“It’s out of your hands as a player,” said Marleau. “You just go to the rink and watch the TV. If there is something he can do to make us better, Doug will do it.”
STARS HEAD COACH DAVE TIPPETT
“Two games in a week we’ve played against that team that we’ve played very well. We didn’t get rewarded for our work in the first game, but I thought we got rewarded for it tonight. We created a lot of chances and capitalized on those chances, we defended hard when we had to, and Marty Turco made some great saves when he had to. We competed really, really hard and that’s the way it’s going to have to be if we’re going to be successful. We did that tonight and found a way to win.”
“We needed to get rewarded for some hard work. We’ve played some very good games, over that five-game losing streak. I thought three games we had a real good chance to win, a couple of them we didn’t play very well, but we needed something to give us that jolt of energy that our work would be compensated, and the win is a good compensation for that.”
San Jose will host Minnesota on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. PST at HP Pavilion and the contest will be available on CSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com. Tickets can be found at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office or at www.ticketmaster.com.