Say, what’s wrong with the San Jose Sharks?
They lost 5-1 at Pittsburgh, then 5-3 at Carolina. Both goaltenders got strafed, Antti Niemi by the Penguins and Alex Stalock by the Hurricanes
Coach Todd McLellan raised some red flags after the Pittsburgh debacle. He shuffled his lines in that game, moving Joe Pavelski to the fourth grouping.
“I saw some frustrated players,” McLellan told reporters. “And with the amount of hockey that we’ve played and that we have to play on this road trip, I didn’t think frustration was a real good emotion to have with two periods left so we mixed them around a little bit and hopefully saved a little bit of energy for tomorrow because we didn’t use much tonight.”
The same issues arose in Carolina, when the Sharks blew a 2-0 lead and allowed four third-period goals.
“I don't see an energized team right now,” McLellan said. “I see us chasing and I see the other team dictating the pace of the game. I see us making sloppy plays, sloppy passes -- even missing assignments, defensive assignments that we should be able to do in our sleep right now.
“That could be lazy or that could be fatigue and we have to figure that part out.”
The Sharks are taking today while trying to regroup for their game at Minnesota.
“Focus on the next one,” Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle told the Mercury News. “We get a day off tomorrow and obviously we've got to try and win this Minnesota game and salvage what we can out of this road trip.”