Occasionally there are excess story lines from a Sharks game that don’t make it into the evening’s game wrap. Not because they aren’t important, but because there just isn’t room. Well, that and I’m pretty sure most of you don’t want to read a 1000-word gamer at the end of the night.
Saturday night’s tilt against the Calgary Flames was one of those instances. Here are a few leftovers from last night’s game:
— It was very evident from the difference in the first and second periods of Saturday’s game that there had been a serious pep talk of sorts during the first intermission. San Jose went into the locker room after a sloppy start that put them in a 2-0 hole, and emerged to put three goals on the board in the next 20 minutes. When asked afterwards what contributed to the change, members of the team revealed that they had watched film during the intermission as a tool to see what they were doing wrong.
“We saw a few clips during the intermission (of things) we need to clean up, and get back to the way we need to play,” said Joe Pavelski. “Once we did that we were much better.”
While watching video between frames isn’t an everyday occurrence, it’s fairly common. “Sometimes it’s better to see it on screen than to just tell somebody,” Patrick Marleau said. “Sometimes it might not be in front of everybody, sometimes (you get) pulled aside.”
However being that the “whole team” faltered in the first frame, as Todd McLellan pointed out, it was necessary to have the collective observe what went wrong for the Sharks on Calgary’s pair of first period goals.
“I think it humbled a few people and made them aware of what was really going on between periods,” McLellan said.
–While the third frame wasn’t as “wide open” for the Sharks as the second, members of Team Teal were still creating chances trying to break the 3-3 stalemate that carried the tilt into overtime. Patrick Marleau a standout, with a few killer chances that just couldn’t make it past netminder Joni Ortio.
“It would have been nice to see one of those go in,” he said about a chance on the breakaway that Ortio got in front of, then a shot later in the frame that Marleau believed hit teammate Tommy Wingels. “(Ortio) made a good save on the breakaway … Then the one shot I had, I think I hit Tommy in the back of the leg.”
The effort was still a positive sight, given the slump from which Number 12 appears to be emerging. He registered the Sharks’ game-winning goal on Thursday against the Toronto Maple Leafs to end a 16-game goal drought — matching his career-worst goal-less streak from 2002.
— Outside of the Sharks’ slow start, the biggest topic out of the first frame Saturday night was Logan Couture’s teeth.
Following the game, the center gave a the local media a quick “grin” to show where a Calgary defenseman stick made contact with Couture’s upper left front teeth during San Jose’s first power play attempt. “Doesn’t look too good,” he said bluntly, appearing to battle not to keep sticking his tongue through the newly-formed gap in his grill.
To add insult to injury, Couture was told by refs that the knock to the mouth was his own doing. “I think it was (Calgary defenseman TJ) Brodie’s stick. It was right in front of the refs. I was told two things, I was told that I dove, and then I was told that it was own guy’s stick. I’m not sure, I’ll have to look at the replay, but I don’t think I dove.”