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Sharks Have Home Struggles Saturday

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
There was not much to dress up following the Sharks shutout loss to Columbus on Saturday.  The Sharks were hoping the home touch would fix the road woes, but it was not to be.


"No growth tonight, none at all," Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan stated.  "(We) were a very stubborn team for two periods. They stand the blue line very well. They back check like crazy.  We were prepared to play an easy game, a fancy game at the blue line. By the time the third period came around and we figured it out, it was too late."

For whatever reason, the Sharks simply couldn’t connect the dots on the ice.

"It was one of those games as a player you never want to go through," Dan Boyle said.  "It was one of those nights from the onset.  From the start of the game, we were just off.  We were slow coming out of our end.  The pucks were bouncing the wrong way.  We’re falling down, the passes are off.  That being said it was one of those nights where we could have won an ugly game."

"I don’t want to take anything away from Garon.  I thought he played a really good game," McLellan said of the Columbus netminder.  "A lot of that was our team being out of sync. I don’t know if I have seen our team mishandle good passes, passes on the tape, breakout opportunities, pucks in the offensive zone, 3-on-2, 4-on-2 rushes, where we end up back checking off of them. That is very disturbing."

San Jose’s usually potent power play has not had the usual success it is accustomed to.

"We’re just not finishing very well right now," Joe Thornton said.

"We needed to do a better job of putting in the second and third opportunities," Devin Setoguchi said.  "If we get one on our power play there, it kind of swings the momentum."

400

Saturday marked Joe Thornton’s 400th game played for San Jose. In that time, he has 494 points (122+372=494).

MORE THAN A YEAR

The last time San Jose was shutout at home was October 12, 2009 in a shootout loss to Phoenix, 1-0.

GREAT FANS

San Jose has now sold out 40 consecutive home games in the regular season.

BLUE JACKETS HEAD COACH SCOTT ARNIEL

"Obviously Matty (Garon) was outstanding there when we needed him. Rick (Nash) was questionable for tonight. He found a way to get himself in the lineup. And he certainly led by example. He was bar none the best player on the ice tonight. "

"We told Matty (Garon) yesterday to prepare for today. He’s been excellent for us all year. He’s given us a chance to win every game that he’s been in.  I’ve said it all along, we’ve got 1A and 1B when it comes to goaltenders. They get along so well and they work hard together. Our team plays well in front of both those guys and that’s a great sign."

NEXT GAME

The Sharks will host Chicago Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be found at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at www.ticketmaster.com.  The contest will be on CSN California, 98.5 KFOX and www.sjsharks.com.
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