SAN JOSE – When a team loses, there is always a need to indicate what went wrong. Which game changed…
SAN JOSE – When a team loses, there is always a need to indicate what went wrong. Which game changed the game. What specific mistake from that contest led to the loss.
In the case of Sharks 4-3 overtime loss to Edmonton Oilers, it was not only the familiar issue of odd manstrup. Tuesday’s game was not only the team’s best offensive effort, and a disappointment after their dominant victory over St. Petersburg. Louis Blues on Saturday.
“We did not have enough participants tonight” told the coach Peter DeBoer media after a loss. “Did not play well enough for enough long stretches. I have no answer why. There was not one or two guys, it was almost everyone. It’s just one of those nights.”
Captain Joe Pavelski agreed: “We created not much break all night. It was something that was lacking as little as a little jam to our game. “
This does not say Sharks have vomiting. The break that was generated, whether it was Marcus Sorensen’s first period goal or Logan Couture’s second period marker, looked as if it could give San Jose it to take over the pace of the game.
Even then, the Sharks had difficulty keeping a lead. Not that their opponents were much better.
“[The Oilers] also did not have much,” pointed out Pavelski. “It was kind of a quiet game”.
The challenging Edmonton team, who played only a few hours after their head coach was fired and finally replaced, did not exactly play the desperate game that an experienced hockey writer can expect. In fact, although the Connor McDavid-led first line is hard to contain, Oilers has never had a lead until the point over the game-winning goal in overtime.
It was a suggestion after the match that the short-term goal Sharks gave up during the second period was the turning point in the game. But Pavelski was disagreeable.
“We’re not hanging this game on that game,” said the captain. “There are many other games throughout the night.”
The night is something that Sharks obviously wants to hit the page quickly. They are now 3-1
-1 on their long home country, and want to end it on a high note against Vancouver Canucks on Friday.
“This league does not allow you to get frustrated for a long time,” said DeBoer. “We have had a good home country, we get points. We are doing well and looking at the bad, and try and fix it.”