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Todd McLellan sets Sharks coaching wins record by beating Kings

Mar 15, 2013, 1:41 AM EDT

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The Los Angeles Kings nearly charged back from a 4-1 deficit on Thursday, but the San Jose Sharks held on for a 4-3 victory, giving head coach Todd McLellan the most wins of any bench boss in franchise history with 207.

He broke a tie with his predecessor Ron Wilson. McLellan’s Sharks record is now 207-100-37 in five regular seasons.

One might argue that a brave coaching move helped make it happen, too.

Moving Brent Burns back to the forward position has paid some early dividends. Burns had a goal and an assist while linemate Logan Couture scored two goals and an assist (including the winner) to help San Jose take the win tonight.

On the Kings side, pulling Jonathan Quick nearly worked out, as Jonathan Bernier only allowed one goal on 14 shots after Quick gave up three on 12.

Thursday ended up being a nice night for coaches. CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty points out that Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien earned his 246th win with the team, passing Milt Schmidt for second all-time in that franchise’s history.

  1. jdsummerlin - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    I don’t care what anyone says, Taylor Hicks can coach some hockey

  2. polegojim - Mar 15, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    All this ‘fire’ Todd stuff is crap.

    Look at the guys results for YEARS… he’s been awesome.

    I wish he’d invest a little time coaching my Red Wings on their power play. The Wings were among league tops when he was coaching the PP in Detroit.

  3. sjsharks66 - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Sometimes i wish the sharks would make a coaching change. Then sometimes I’m completely happy T Mac is the coach. Love hate relationship I guess. So easy to blame the coach over the players. T Mac is great though.

  4. sjsblitz - Mar 15, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Gotta have faith in the Bench Boss sometimes. LOVING the fact he’s placed Burnzie as a forward. Great results, great team attitude about it, great Coach

  5. pandorasdadca - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    It’s really hard for me to blame McClellan when the front office keeps getting rid of the gritty, tough role players who aren’t stars, but do all the little things. Malhotra is (was) a face off wizard and guys like Scott Nichol are just solid guys who don’t need to be stars.

  6. thewaytonever - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    I am one Sharks fan who thinks all the T Mac sucks talk is garbage. Twice he has led us to the WCF and when he gets the players he needs the dude can make a dominant squad. it Wilson that needs to go. When he traded Guchi I was pretty pissed then the McGinn trade made matters worse. Wilson is a bum in the offseason and can’t make good trades for his life. upON hope we get a new GM but T Mac should stay

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