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Sharks Still Struggling At Home

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
Everything started out promising for the Sharks at home Saturday night, but unfortunately it ended as so many have at home – with another loss. The Sharks sport the NHL’s best road record, but stumble when they hit HP Pavilion and that was evident in the 7-1 loss.


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“We expected things to happen because we had a good road trip,” said Sandis Ozolinsh.

“We were lucky we had the one-goal lead coming into the second,” said Mike Grier. “We made a lot of errors we can’t make.”

The Sharks have tried to shake up their normal routines to fix the matter.

“Everyone is trying,” said Grier. “We’re trying to shake up our routine. Guys are trying to do too much.”

San Jose had the one goal lead after 20 minutes, but two breakdowns while on the power play led to the tying and game-winning goals prior to the wheels coming completely off the bus.

The first was actually an even-strength goal, but it started just before a Sabres player left the penalty box, resulting in a two-on-zero rush. The game-winning tally came when Sandis Ozolinsh bumped into Devin Setoguchi and left Evgeni Nabokov facing a breakaway.

“We didn’t do what we did on the road and it showed on the power play,” said Ozolinsh. “For some reason I ran into him.”

“It just seems that every mistake we make ends up in the back of the net,” said Sharks Captain Patrick Marleau. “After the first or second one, we just keep making them.”

Ozolinsh feels that he and the veterans need to fix the problems at home by leading through example.

“It starts with the older players,” said Ozolinsh. “We have to be way better and I wasn’t tonight.”

“He’s not the only one,” said Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson. “His mistake was pretty obvious, but it’s not just one or two guys. Tonight, we just didn’t have it,” said Wilson. “You could see it in the mental mistakes. Those two shorthanded goals took whatever energy we had and sent it out the window.”

The Sabres had suffered two difficult losses prior to hitting San Jose and were waiting in the city while the Sharks were in Phoenix last night.

PATZOLD DEBUT
Sharks rookie netminder Dimitri Patzold stepped in for the Sharks in the third period for his first HP Pavilion appearance of the season. He has yet to start a game this year, but has three relief appearances.

Pulling Nabokov had nothing to do with the starter’s play.

“Nabby was fine,” said Wilson. “It was a chance to get Patzold a game.”

HP PAVILION NOMINATION
The nominations are out for the annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards and HP Pavilion at San Jose has once again has been nominated in the category for Arena of the Year. The 19th Pollstar Concert Industry Awards will be held February 7, 2008 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.

NEXT GAME
The Sharks will play against Minnesota Tuesday night and tickets are still available at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at www.ticketmaster.com. The contest will be available on FSN Plus, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.

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