Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 2/22/12
The San Jose Sharks and Toronto Maple Leafs are battling for playoff position in their respective conferences, though they haven't made things easy on themselves lately. San Jose looks to avoid a five-game losing streak Thursday night when it visits Toronto, which has dropped six of seven. The Sharks have lost nine of 11 on the road and fell to 1-4-1 on their nine-game trip with a 6-3 loss to Columbus on Tuesday. "The disappointing thing for me is the lack of urgency that we entered the game with," coach Todd McLellan said after his team was outscored 4-0 in the first period. San Jose (31-20-7) slipped into a tie with Phoenix for the Pacific Division lead after the surging Coyotes beat Los Angeles later that night. Less than three weeks ago, the Sharks had a four-point division lead and were 14 ahead of Phoenix. Even with a red-hot Logan Couture, who has nine goals and 10 assists in his last 14 games after scoring twice Tuesday, the Sharks have lost a season-high four straight ...
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