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Sharks Not On Game Early In 4-2 Loss

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
Effort was the name of the game for Team Teal Thursday night, the problem was there wasn’t enough of it in the 4-2 loss to their Pacific Division rival Los Angeles Kings.


“We made sloppy plays,” said Scott Hannan. “We’re a puck pursuit team and when we don’t do that, we look pretty average.”

“We just weren’t ready,” said Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson. “The last 15 minutes of the game we played with a sense of urgency. They were a desperate team that needed points and we were not ready and didn’t pay the price.”

The Sharks did not look for any easy excuses, like looking ahead to Saturday’s showdown with Anaheim.

“Absolutely not,” said Wilson. “That’s a lame excuse.”

“I don’t think so,” said Toskala. “We knew tonight was an important two points, but we weren’t quite ready. It was like Colorado, we weren’t quite hungry enough. That is pretty much the main reason. When you don’t come ready to play, it’s hard. It’s hard to change during the game.”

The Sharks know they need to be more consistent on the current six-game homestand.

“We’ve got to have better focus on this home stretch,” said Hannan.

TOO LONG
There was one area of the game that tipped Wilson off that it would be a long night.

“Most guys were taking over one minute shifts,” said Wilson. “That means your kind of coasting around. We’ll get beat 10-0 if we play that way Saturday (against Anaheim).”

SHORTY
The Kings short handed goal in the first period was the first short handed tally allowed by the Sharks this season.

STILL STREAKING
With an assist in the third period, Joe Thornton extended his points streak to five games (1-9=10)

EQUAL WITH LAST YEAR
With a goal in the third period, Mike Grier has matched last year’s goal total with Buffalo (7 goals in
81 games).

NEXT GAME
The Sharks will host Anaheim Saturday night at HP Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. Limited tickets are still available at the HP Pavilion Box Office and at www.ticketmaster.com. The game will be carried on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.
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