Goalie Alex Stalock didn’t have a great start Thursday against Calgary, as he and the Sharks allowed four goals on the Flames’ first eight shots. But Sharks coach Pete DeBoer wasn’t ready to blame all of his team’s woes on his backup goalie. Certain circumstances, he thought, played a role. “He was in a tough spot tonight,” DeBoer said of Stalock after the Sharks 6-5 shootout loss to the Flames. “He hadn’t played in a long time and I actually thought after the first period, he settled in and made a couple big saves to give us a chance to get to overtime. “I expected him to be a little rusty and we were a little rusty around him in the first period. I thought in the second and third, he was really good.” You can find a slideshow of Thursday’s game here. Stalock, and defenseman Matt Tennyson, both hadn’t played in what seemed like an eternity. Starting goalie Martin Jones had made eight straight starts since … [Read more...] about Sharks’ DeBoer not pinning loss to Flames all on Stalock
SAN JOSE – After a game like that last one, this was a day to pick at the scab. How could the Sharks look so good in one period and so bad the next two? How long does it take to get over a loss like that 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Red Wings? And how come San Jose lost its ability to win on home ice, going 0-5-2 in a February where they desperately need points to get back into playoff contention. Today after practice, we who cover the Sharks full-time didn’t go from cubicle to cubicle looking for answers. We zeroed in on two players who deserve credit for their candor – Tommy Wingels and Logan Couture — and stopped there before heading in to talk with Todd McLellan. And, per usual, he gave direct answers to direct questions. My takeaway from all that will be in the print edition story Saturday and available online here right now. But as is often the case, there are more insights than fit into print. So here we are again, perusing leftovers, or in some cases, … [Read more...] about Reliving that painful loss to Detroit: A lot of questions to
EN ROUTE TO TORONTO — There’s a lot of ways to describe that 5-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets, but let’s go with this one: The Sharks played precisely the game they could not afford to play. And while they say accurately that they still have a shot at the playoffs, good luck finding someone outside the room who would wager a few dollars on that happening without incredible odds leading to a giant payoff. The number crunchers at sportsclubstats.com, for example, give the Sharks a 7 percent chance of making that happen — cutting the previous number almost in half with that one loss. All in all, from giving up the first goal just 70 seconds into the contest to the taunts of “Who’s your captain?” from the creative crowd inside a rambunctious MTS Center, not the way you want to start a seven-game road trip. (And if you need more details, you can find the game story here .) So what next? “We get on the plane, we eat, we review the game, we have a … [Read more...] about Of all places to try and regroup, Sharks in Toronto after 5-2 loss to Winnipeg that left their chances of making the playoffs on life support
SAN JOSE – Any defeat would have been painful. But the fact the Sharks followed the same path Saturday night against the Ottawa Senators that they did Thursday night against the Detroit Red Wings seems to compound the problems. No, the dropoff in San Jose’s play wasn’t as bad as it was against Detroit, but the results were the same. Questions about Todd McLellan’s tenure as coach and Antti Niemi’s future in the Sharks net only increase with every loss. Was this one enough to get general manager Doug Wilson to feel he has to do something on a big scale before the noon Monday trade deadline? We find out soon enough. The game story and primary post-game comments can be found http://www.mercurynews.com/sharks/ci_27619229/sharks-lose-4-2-ottawa. What you won’t find there are the thoughts of Joe Pavelski, so let’s take care of that here. The losses obviously bother Pavelski, like they bother any player. But in his case, they come during what has … [Read more...] about The next two days should be telling for Sharks after another frustrating loss
The Sharks will face one of the top teams in the NHL tonight when they host the Nashville Predators in what is their fifth-to-last home game of the season. Then it’s the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, and the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday as the Sharks begin a seven-game road trip. Of course, tonight is important. Every game is for the Sharks from now until the end of the season. According to my (useless) calculations, San Jose can afford maybe three or four more regulation time losses if they want to get to 95 points (which appears to be the magic number). But the daunting task ahead puts into perspective how many games San Jose frittered away this season against non-playoff teams. Hey, if there had not been two losses to Columbus, Buffalo, Edmonton and Florida (which still has a shot), then maybe there’s a little less need to for this team to pick up two points vs. Pekka Rinne, Shea Weber, Filip Forsberg and company. The counter is that the Sharks have actually been very good … [Read more...] about Sharks vs. Predators pregame: For a desperate team, is this when those puzzling losses haunt the Sharks?