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Sharks Have To Do What They Do Best

McLellan Wants Players To Stay Within Themselves

Sunday, 04.17.2011 / 5:44 PM / News
By San Jose Sharks Staff
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Sharks Have To Do What They Do Best
Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan used a video session Sunday, a regular playoff feature whether a game is a win or a loss, to demonstrate the areas his club needs to alter.  Most of the players opted for an off-ice workout after the meeting.

When Saturday night’s game started off on the wrong foot, the Sharks players and coaches felt one of the biggest issues was everyone looking to fix things by themselves. San Jose is built on a strong team structure, but they acknowledged not sticking to that structure for 60 minutes. The best of intentions were there Saturday, so Sunday the players were reminded to simply do what made them the second best club in the Western Conference during the regular season, nothing more.

“I think it’s a snowballing effect,” Joe Pavelski stated. “We didn’t establish the momentum that our power play can create for us and then we come back and we have guys (try to) do it on their own. Not because they’re selfish or anything like that, but because we’re trying to make it better. We forgot just how much we need each other and how good we are together.

“You want to be the guy who turns things around, but you forget how much you rely on your teammates along the way,” Pavelski reiterated. “We didn’t play smart enough. We need to focus on our game a little better.”

The thoughts were conveyed by virtually everyone who spoke after completing off-ice workouts.

“I agree, personally I felt the same way. I’m not supposed to be skating around with the puck and (trying) to go on rushes,” Douglas Murray said. “That’s not how we’re successful. You’ve got to stay and play within the team system and you can’t get away from that.”

“Last night there was a lot of things we did wrong, a lot of individual plays when things weren’t going well,” Marc-Edouard Vlasic said. “When things aren’t going well you’ve got to stick to the team game. Guys care, everybody here cares and wants to win. When thing aren’t going well, everybody wants to score that goal or make that play. Everybody tried to do too much, but we’ve got to rely on our team game.”

Now it will be a matter of channeling that desire to the right port.

“It’s not that individuals are careless or reckless at this time of year, sometimes they care a little too much and they take it too far,” Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan said. “We had one player last night believe it or not that had over a two minute shift because he wanted to show his teammates he was determined. That’s not going to help us at all. We’ve addressed it.”

McLellan still felt there could have been more effort directed in the tougher areas of the rink.

“I didn’t think we were physically strong enough on loose pucks and that clarifies the compete (level),” McLellan said. “From the dots to the boards, an area where they believe they are very strong, and they are, they were better in those areas than we were.”

The Sharks have an extra day between games one and two and will use it to their advantage.

“You wish you could get right back out and make a wrong a right, but the extra day is needed at times and if we use it to our advantage and rest and recover, it does give us a chance to look at what we did, break it down and be that much better,” Pavelski said.

SHOT BLOCKING
One consistent area of strength for San Jose this year was preventing shots from reaching Antti Niemi, but that was not the case Saturday and the players have made that a priority.

“If we were in the lane, we could have prevented both those (first two) goals,” Vlasic said.

KEEP IT SIMPLE
McLellan looked back at his time with Detroit for a reminder to not try and change too much or over think a situation with a talented club.

“I remembered a story from a former team I was with,” McLellan said. “There was a Hall of Famer named Gordie Howe and he walked in one day and all the coaches and everybody were talking about systems and what we were doing and not doing. He said ‘sometimes you just have to lineup and against the guy looking you in the eye and you have to beat him.’ Sometimes it’s as simple as that and we’ll ask our players to think about that and approach it that way.”

GAME 5 TIX
The San Jose Sharks announced today that tickets for Game 5 of the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinals to be played at HP Pavilion at San Jose (Game “C”), will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, April 19 at 10 a.m. Due to the limited number of tickets available, individuals will be allowed to purchase up to four tickets.

Tickets are available at the HP PAVILION TICKET OFFICE, ALL TICKETMASTER TICKET CENTERS, CHARGE BY PHONE at 1-800-745-3000 and online at TICKETMASTER.COM.

The HP Pavilion Ticket Office will be utilizing the pre-numbered wristband system for all purchases. Wristbands will be handed out from 8-9 a.m. The drawing to determine the numbered wristband, which becomes “first” in line, will take place at 9:30 a.m.

The HP Pavilion Ticket Office’s pre-numbered wristband system is designed for determining a guest’s position in the ticket line. This system is implemented for all high-demand and advance ticket sales at HP Pavilion. The use of these wristbands provides an orderly and fair method to give all guests an equal opportunity to obtain seats.

NEXT GAME
Game 3 will be Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in L.A. and will be on CSN California, 98.5/102.1 FM and www.sjsharks.com.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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