Wednesday night the Sharks outscored Vancouver 1-0 during five-on-five time, but with more than a period of hockey being played on special teams, that was not enough. Vancouver came up with three special teams goals, one shorthanded, to top San Jose 3-1.
“Our special teams let us down,” said Kyle McLaren. “We didn’t kill the penalties. They capitalized and we didn’t. We shut them down five-on-five, but that’s not a full 60 minutes.”
San Jose had eight power play opportunities to Vancouver’s five, but Team Teal drew a blank on the advantage, while the Canucks scored twice.
“We’re not doing the things we focused on during the week to win games,” said McCauley.
“We gave them a couple of easy goals on their power play and we made our power play complicated,” said Marcel Goc.
“We’ve been practicing a lot, maybe too much,” said Wilson. “A couple of people sabotaged our power play with bad passes. That’s what happened (on their shorthanded goal).”
The shorthanded situations for San Jose weren’t as difficult to swallow as what preceded them.
“It was what we saw leading up to the penalties,” said Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson. “We had poor execution and poor passing.
LANGELD STARTS PLAY
San Jose’s lone goal was the result of a perfectly executed shot by Marcel Goc, but it was an old-fashioned gritty play by Josh Langfeld that created the opportunity. Langfeld beat big Todd Bertuzzi to the play, took the body and still was able to find Goc heading across the blueline.
“I just beat him to the puck and chipped it out to Marcel,” said Langfeld. “Then he did the rest.”
“They had the puck in our end and he came up to help me and we had the two-on-one,” said Goc.
Goc had Milan Michalek skating on his wing, but took the play he was given.
“The defenseman took Milan out, so I just shot it,” said Goc.
The Sharks were the best club to open games last season, but they have struggled in the first period in 2005-06, including Wednesday night.
“It is inexcusable right now that we are starting games the way we are,” said McLaren.
San Jose hopes they can easily fix the problem.
“We didn’t play with the intensity we need,” said Patrick Marleau
. “We're not playing too bad, but we're not playing with the intensity we need to win games.”
“We should be bearing down on the power play and we had casual moments,” said Wilson. “We think we can rest a bit and it affects the rest of the game.
San Jose will return to the ice Saturday night at HP Pavilion for a 7:30 faceoff with Phoenix. The game will be viewable on FSN Bay Area and can be heard on 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com. Tickets can still be purchased at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office or at www.ticketmaster.com.