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McLellan: Sharks feel good about play, “[expletive] about the results”

Apr 20, 2012, 1:54 AM EDT

Todd McLellan AP

They’ve become fiercer rivals recently, but the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks can relate to each other after Thursday. Jonathan Toews basically made the same point about Chicago’s 3-1 predicament as Sharks coach Todd McLellan made about San Jose’s conundrum. Here’s what he told Lou Korac.

“We have to feel good about the way we’ve played but [expletive] about the results,” McLellan said.

(For those of you who can handle the dirty language, this particular naughty word rhymes with city, ditty, gritty and pretty.)

While McLellan found it difficult to slam the Sharks, Blues bench boss Ken Hitchcock was quick to avoid bulletin board material.

“We’re learning a lot … but we’re growing up quick,” Hitchcock said. “This team’s doing this to us.”

Well played, Hitch. Well played.

  1. xxakshunxx - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    I’d like to know how Tmac feels about coaching a new team next year

  2. mgspike - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    He might be fired but it’s not his fault. Same core fails every year. Marleau is terrible in the playoffs. Thornton is a bit better the past couple years but Obviously cannot lead a team through the playoffs and Niemi is not playing well enough to get it done. Sharks are done, no surprise.

  3. finfan88shark - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Love it. If McLellan and the third grader coaching the 1980 Pk are back; then I’m not.

  4. jrod691 - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    How can you feel good about the results? The Sharks have been DOMINATED in every facet of the game during all four games. The only exception is in game 1 where the goaltending was even for most of the game and then Niemi stole the show while the Sharks were completely dominated in the first OT.

    It’s hard to be surprised at what’s happened this year when you consider that it’s been four years now without a major adjustment to the way the Sharks play the game. Hammer and hope, spray and pray, they just try to get lucky with rebounds from point shots. It worked in year 1 when it was fresh and new to the team but it has gotten much less effective with each passing year. Now everyone in the game knows exactly what the Sharks are going to do every time they touch the puck (and that’s just their problems on offense, defense has always been a mess during the T-Mac era).

  5. sjsharks66 - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    @mgspike, have you watched any of the games? Joe Thornton has been amazing. Patrick Marleau is terrible I agree, but Nemo has been standing on his head. He can only save so much with such poor defense. I blame Patrick, Pavelski, Boyle and all the terrible trades we made this year (Winnik, TJ, Moore, handzus).

  6. cweez2 - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    City? Kitty? Witty? Committee? I can’t think of any other words…

  7. paperlions - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    They are getting beaten by a better team. It happens.

    Last night was easily the best the Sharks have played this series, the toughest and the most aggressive they’ve been on the forecheck….but even under the pressure the Blues did a good job of maintaining composure….a lot of times during they year they would start chasing too much in their own zone and the defense would break down, last night they absorbed the pressure and gave up very few quality chances.

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