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McLellan rips ‘complacent’ Sharks after third straight loss

Nov 6, 2013, 11:21 AM EDT

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The San Jose Sharks have just one regulation defeat this season and are a point out of first place in the NHL.

But, according to head coach Todd McLellan, there’s plenty of room for improvement.

McLellan took his team to task following Tuesday’s 5-4 shootout loss to last place Buffalo, suggesting the Sharks have taken their foot off the pedal after starting the year 8-0-1.

“This was a fear of mine that we would be complacent, and we would turn it up when we thought we had to, and that was exactly what we got,” McLellan told CSN Bay Area. “I thought we were outworked for a large part of the game and out-detailed, certainly.”

As mentioned, the Sabres loss was San Jose’s third straight — they also dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to Phoenix on Saturday, and a 4-3 OTL in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The Sharks are still accumulating points (24 of a possible 30 thus far), but there are signs of struggle.

Their once-dominant power play has scored just three times in its last 25 attempts, and McLellan says sloppiness has led directly to a number of goals against in recent games.

“We probably played 10 minutes the way we want to and the other 55 were not very good,” he explained. “We weren’t anywhere near what we need to be to play against anybody in the league.”

  1. newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    And a loss to the Sabres was the cherry on top.

  2. kingcobraman - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    the sharks have reach their peak and now its all down hill… hahaha

    • thailer35 - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      It is November, afterall.

  3. penguindan - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    The Bulldog coach needs to relax, they have gotten a point in their last three losses. They had 51 shots on goal last night.
    I know about 25 other teams that would trade position with the Sharks in a second.
    Its an 82 game season, he needs to smile once in a while and get some.

    • sharks123 - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      If he wants to get fired he should relax. Can’t just look at the shots, the Sharks weren’t all in last night obviously. Great coaches never stop pushing.

      • c9castine - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        dude maybe things are different here in pittsburgh but your coach shouldn’t be worried about his job, ever. if the only gauge is wether you have a stanley cup or not 29 coaches would get fired a year. i know san jose has fallen short of expectations in the past but they are a perennial powerhouse and have made huge strides in the last two years in not just being a good team, but being a team built to win. he’s just trying to keep his team on its toes. that being said, yeah, relax. i would be more careful how i react to a couple of bad games from a team that has done so well this year. maybe some “we didn’t play the way we need to. we are gonna look at some video get to practice and get back on track” would have been a bit better than saying “I’m worried this would happen”. show some confidence in what your team has done/will do. pens hit a pothole last week, came out of it with a sloppy win against the Canes and then controlled the entire Boston game (maybe not the last few minutes). 82 game season…slow and steady wins the race…

  4. shutyourfivehole - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    No mention of the Sharks game-winning goal in OT completely missed by the refs? But that’s not to say I disagree with the rest of the article….

  5. sjsharks66 - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    They did not play well last night despite having 51 shots on net. To be honest though, I would rather have them lose in OT/SO than lose in Reg.

  6. r4n6er - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Not a Sharks fan here, but what shutyourfivehole said is true. I have never seen a missed call that bad. You think with all the action around the net that after the whistle the refs would have a quick look. Nope, why make sure that the game is called accurately? On the flip side its even more pathetic that one of the only wins from buffalo this year was because a player cheated and the refs didn’t notice.

  7. penguindan - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Sharks123: The Bulldog does not need to worry about his job, DW is very loyal to him and the ownership group is very very very loyal to DW.
    The Sharks are a better team because they have gotten rid some of there players that used walkers as skates (Murray, Clowe) and elected for some speed. The game keeps getting faster and faster and the players bigger and bigger.
    In the reality these 82 games are preseason and all you have to do is finish in the top 8 to get to the playoffs where I think the real season starts. I also believe if your going to have injuries have them in the beginning of the season to bring your minor players along, that is the case for the Sharks.

  8. slysipops - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    to sum it up………………

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