Found February 11, 2013 on
Fox Sports Ohio:
They were riding high at the end of January, but this month has been a different story for the San Jose Sharks.
Perhaps a visit to the Western Conference-worst Columbus Blue Jackets is just what they need to get back on track.
The Sharks will try to snap a four-game skid on Monday night when they open a six-game road trip against the struggling Blue Jackets.
After averaging 3.86 goals per game during its franchise-best 7-0-0 start, San Jose (7-2-2) has struggled to score while going 0-2-2 over its last four games.
The Sharks were blanked for the first time this season in a 1-0 shootout loss to Phoenix on Saturday, leaving them with just five goals in their last four games.
"We still need to bear down around the net, but there are things we can build upon heading out on the road," captain Joe Thornton said.
It hasn't helped that San Jose has struggled on the power play, scoring once in its last 25 opportunities after going 0 for 4 against the Coyotes.
Patrick Marleau ha...
BEST OF MAXIM
Last week, the Worcester Sharks played two games in Newfoundland against the Ice Caps. The Sharks won both games, 3-2 and 4-0.
Tuesday's game was a nail-biter. Daniil Tarasov opened the scoring at 1:32 of the first with assists from Tim Kennedy and Bracken Kearns. The Sharks gave up a short-handed goal to Jason Jaffrey (assist to Maxime Macenauer) in the middle...
“This one sucks.”
— Sharks coach Todd McLellan, after Monday’s 6-2 loss to the 4-7-2 Blue Jackets. The Sharks have lost five in a row.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
Todd McLellan doesn’t want his team to forget about what happened in that 6-2 embarrassment in Columbus on Monday night when they face the Nashville Predators tonight.
“I want them to be pissed off. I want them to be mad. I want them to be upset,” McLellan said after a team meeting that lasted 20-25 minutes...
Patrick Marleau’s tenth goal of the season came in a shocking loss for the San Jose Sharks. They were beaten up and down the ice by the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-2. San Jose has now lost five in a row (0-3-2) following their 7-0-0 start. Columbus was averaging 1.92 goals per game coming into this one and the Sharks allowed 1.82 goals per game so this result was totally unexpected...
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
The debate around the dimensions of goalie pads has been around for years, if not decades. And San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson isn’t about to allow the contentious issue to fade into the background, because he and others believe the padding has become less about protection and more about stopping pucks from going through a netminder’s...