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Sharks not satisfied after dominant start to campaign

Oct 7, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

Head coach Todd McLellan of the San Jose Sharks watches from the bench in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Vancouver Canucks during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on May 5, 2013 in San Jose, California. The Sharks defeated the Canucks 5-2.
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The San Jose Sharks aren’t getting too far ahead of themselves after beginning the 2013-14 season with a bang.

“We’re happy,” head coach Todd McLellan told CSN Bay Area after 4-1 wins over Vancouver and Phoenix. “Are we satisfied? No. But, we’re happy.”

The Sharks opened the year with a solid effort against the Canucks, the same team they swept out of the opening round of last year’s playoffs. They out-shot Vancouver 35-22 and had seven takeaways to the Canucks’ zero.

In Saturday’s 4-1 win over Phoenix, even more things went well. The power play, which went a ghastly 0-for-8 against Vancouver (despite having extended time with a two-man advantage), rebounded to go 2-for-4 against the Coyotes. What’s more, San Jose had an even bigger disparity in shots — 51-23 — meaning the club has now out-shot opponents by 41 this season.

McLellan again reiterated he was happy with the style of play, but felt there was room for the Sharks to play even better.

“When we look at how we want to play, yes [we're happy],” he said. “We want to be fast, we want to be hard, we want to be aggressive.

“Pretty supportive group right now, amongst each other, and that always happens when you’re winning.”

Part of this tempered enthusiasm could be due to last season. The Sharks opened the lockout-shortened campaign with a perfect 7-0-0 start, only to go 0-4-3 over their next seven.

  1. skr213 - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    The number of shots taken actually makes me DIScouraged. It means they haven’t solved the problem of opposing goalies so often performing ABOVE their average save percentage against the Sharks. This is an offensive problem that goes back quite a few seasons and I’ve never heard it being addressed by coach McLellan or anyone on the team.

  2. mhcamp21 - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Brent Burns to the rescueee!

  3. sjsharks66 - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    How is offense the problem? 8 goals on 86 shots is really good. They are close to averaging a goal on every 10 shots they take.

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