The Sharks found no moral victories in their 4-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils as a three goal third period rally fell short. San Jose scored three times in a 2:46 span of the third and HP Pavilion was in a frenzy, but the final tally could not be found.
“We almost got it, but it was a little too late,” said Joe Pavelski
, who scored on the night.
“It was a little too late,” said Devin Setoguchi. “For us to come back from 4-0 is tough to do in the third. A couple of mistakes cost us a couple of goals.”
The first period ended scoreless, but the second was unfortunate to San Jose as the Devils found three tallies.
“We fought back, but we’re not very happy with how we played in the second,” said Dan Boyle
. “It was not a very good period on our part and it was why we were down 3-0. The first goal was a huge mistake of mine and I’m upset with myself.”
Team Teal’s players were focused on their second period that gave the Devils the big lead and how it got to that point.
“We didn’t get enough pucks to the net,” said Pavelski.
Pavelski said the Olympic break could not be used as an excuse as the Devils had players in the gold medal game as well.
“No excuses, the other team played too,” said Pavelski.
Pavelski did acknowledge that while the Olympics weren’t the problem the Sharks recent travels were. San Jose players who went to Vancouver were basically on a one month road trip thank to six road games prior to the Olympics.
“There’s been a lot of travel and we’ve been gone a full month,” said Pavelski. “Being gone a lot does take a toll.”
Devin Setoguchi scored two goals for the Sharks and they were a welcome sign. The winger with the hard shot had scored just once previously in 12 games.
New Jersey used traffic and some redirected pucks to find goals two and three.
“Nabby is like the rest of the Olympians, he’ll get his game where it needs to be,” said Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan. “The couple of goals people may question were deflected.”
Nabokov wore a new mask for the contest.
Martin Brodeur has shutouts against all but three teams, and thanks to the late rally, the Sharks are still one of them.
Former Sharks netminder Chris Terreri is the goaltending coach for New Jersey.
SHARKS HEAD COACH TODD McLELLAN
“I thought we played with some energy early. In the first period I thought the game was moving very fast. We asked ourselves as coaches, was it because we hadn’t played in two weeks or was it because the game was fast. We used up a lot of energy in that first period and we needed to get the lead.”
“When one goal turned into two real quick there, it was tough to come back against a real good defensive team. And then we finally found a spark, but then it was too little too late.”
NEW JERSEY DEVILS HEAD COACH JACQUES LEMAIRE
“(Martin Brodeur) wanted to play in the Olympics like anyone would, he had a tough game that took him out of the competition, but he accepted it. He said that at least he would get rest and go back at it and play the best hockey that I can.”
“We made a couple of mistakes and took a penalty. When you play against a team like this, that has a lot of fire power, you cannot give them a lot of ice to work with.”
“It is great to get a win here. In a week from now, we will say that we got a win in San Jose, they won’t say that they were coming back from the (Olympic Break). ”
The Sharks will face the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night at HP Pavilion and tickets can be found at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at www.ticketmaster.com. The game will be on CSN California, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.