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Sharks coach: Next we’ll be accused of biting

May 7, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

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San Jose coach Todd McLellan has responded to the accusation from Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa that the Sharks are embellishing to get calls.

And he’s responded rather well, we must say.

“If we go back now to look at the series, we’ve been called cheaters in Game 1, we’ve been called embellishing Canadians after Game 3,” McLellan said today, per CSN Bay Area. “If the series goes any deeper, we may be accused of biting, eventually.”

Hockey fans don’t need to be told what McLellan is talking about. (If you’re new to the NHL, read this.)

At any rate, both teams will need to put the talk behind them before tonight’s Game 4 at HP Pavilion. The Canucks will be eliminated with a loss; the Sharks don’t want to flirt with what nearly happened in 2011 when they blew a 3-0 series lead to Detroit before winning in seven.

  1. hockeyflow33 - May 7, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Well played McLellan, well played.

    • imleftcoast - May 7, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      Is this before or after he called Vigneault a “tremendous coach.” He’s tremendous this year, but not in the year the Canucks went to the Finals? Maybe this is too much coverage.

  2. mehetmet - May 7, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    haha, that was awesome

  3. geauxshawx - May 7, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    At least Sharx won’t give Vancouver fans the chance to boo the US National Anthem this year. Sweep ’em Teal!

  4. drcuschieri84 - May 7, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    hopefully Bieksa gets a meal in before the game so we don’t have to worry about our fingers.

    • drcuschieri84 - May 7, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      i mean burrows

  5. sjsharks66 - May 7, 2013 at 2:46 PM


  6. sharksman - May 7, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    I could care less what anyone says I just want a win !

  7. nateriemer - May 7, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    So the coaches handling the playofffs with class: Babcock, McCllellan, MacLean and Boudreau hmm what do 3 of those guys have in common?

    • bgrillz - May 7, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      I would also add Byalsma and Capuano to that list. Capuano had one small gripe, but chased it with the sun will come out tomorrow. I really think Therrien, and Vigneault have been pretty shameful in this postseason.

      • sunderlanding - May 7, 2013 at 3:40 PM

        What about Carlyle. He hasn’t done anything classless? Or Julien. Really it would be easier to make a list of the coaches who have been classless.

      • ibieiniid - May 7, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        And follows up with “get it? ’cause we’re sharks.”

      • ibieiniid - May 7, 2013 at 3:51 PM

        wasn’t supposed to be a reply.

      • r8rbhawk - May 7, 2013 at 3:59 PM

        I see nothing wrong with either Yeo or Coach Q out of the Chi-Minny series. Both have been just fine.

    • budzo83 - May 7, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      Wings connection. Real cute… MacLean’s time out was not exactly a move that oozed class, BTW.

      Hopefully the Wings continue to exude the class that they have demonstrated in the handshake line in recent years before their one way trip back to “Hockeytown.”

  8. isithockeyseasonyet - May 7, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Adding bylsma, did you miss last years playoffs?

  9. golfore - May 7, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Classic quote from McLellan to those bad losers. I loved it. It’s a trickle down effect from their whiny coach to their players. Finish them off tonight Teal. Go Sharks!!!

  10. kitshky - May 7, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Well if there was video evidence of the Sharks concerted effort to bite like there is of their concerted effort to flip their heads back, fall down as if shot, and literally fake an injury to the wrong hand that was “slashed” … then ya, they’d probably be accused of biting as well.

    Once again, the bias towards Vancouver is ridiculous. San Jose has said and done things in this series that would be front page news across the NHL if Vancouver had done them … except the only thing that’s sneered at is Vancouver pointing them out.

    But again, I gotta say I’m giving massive props to how San Jose is playing this series …McLellan’s line included. Well played indeed.

    • mb65dod - May 7, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      Kitshky, there is probably a good reason why so many people dislike Canucks. And it is not because they are so skilled…

      • kitshky - May 7, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        Of course there is a good reason, there’s a good reason every single team in pro sports is hated by some demographic. How is that the point?

        The point is that the popular (and mainly false) narrative about Vancouver is based more on a self compounding, self fulfilling, singularly focused bias than on fact.

      • shoobiedoobin - May 7, 2013 at 7:01 PM

        Biting, picking fights and hiding behind officials (multiple times by one player in ONE GAME), the dives so bad they’ve resulted in GIFs circulating the internet, their coach being a total asshat.

        This isn’t opinion, it’s all documented fact. The whole team is a reflection of their douche bag leadership from the owner to the coach down through to the entitled, arrogant, dickhead players.

        Anyone denying this is either blindly biased or ignorant. Wrong either way.

      • mb65dod - May 7, 2013 at 8:03 PM

        I purposely did not say Vancouver because I don’t have anything against the city. It is a couple of guys on your team that make people love to hate them. And it is not Luongo..

    • pandorasdadca - May 7, 2013 at 7:24 PM

      “Once again, the bias towards Vancouver is ridiculous.”

      Look, I get it. The rest of Canada hates your city because you have better weather than most of them, prettier coast lines, and more weed. But the reasons for hating the Canucks have nothing to do with that. I hate the Canucks because they are a bunch of borderline dirty players that lean heavily on 2 brothers that are can’t stand to be touched because they are too good for that. Did you see which ever Sedin it was who punched Logan Couture right off of the face off? Then did you see Couture bury a shot on the ensuing PP?
      The Canucks don’t have the skill to keep up with San Jose, and they’re dirty play isn’t helping so they turn to the mating call of losers everywhere. They whine.
      Personally I love the city of Vancouver. It’s a shame most of the people there have such an inferiority complex.

  11. shoobiedoobin - May 7, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    I hate the Canucks and this is the pot calling the kettle black but I’ll be honest, the Sharks dive like it’s the Olympics. They’ve done it for years now, why is anyone surprised or even have the nuts to deny it? They’re the second worst team for diving, embellishing and whining right behind, gasp, Vancouver.

  12. clutchfan - May 7, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    McLellan must be really proud of his group… check this out!

    • sw19womble - May 8, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      Butthurt much?

      If you can’t take it, don’t deal it, Karma boy.

  13. thehighcountrybear - May 7, 2013 at 8:08 PM


    Great post…great rant…five stars! But help me…just who are you dumping-on here?

    Or is this the quintessential generic hate-on we can apply to half the teams in the League?

    As I said, great post, almost art…

  14. shortsxit34 - May 7, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    I’m not a Sharks fan…in fact I hate them. But,
    Hahahahahaha! Well played.

  15. shortsxit34 - May 8, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    I love how one team is hated by all 29 other teams and their fan bases, but they’re still convinced, “It’s them, not us!” “Because we’re the best!” or “Because we have the greatest players!”. It’s absolutely impossible that anybody’s reasons for hating this team are valid.

    By the way, “If there was video evidence of our team biting…” – there is. That’s what the remark is about. I know you’re trying to point out embellishment by the Sharks, but your “comeback” literally goes against the facts.

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