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Wild coach accuses Sharks of embellishment

Dec 13, 2013, 2:02 AM EST

Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo had some harsh words for the San Jose Sharks following Thursday’s game, accusing them of embellishment.

The Wild lost 3-1 to the Sharks, who scored all of their goals with the power play, including a pair in the opening period. The Wild’s road record dropped to 5-8-3, which is last amongst Western Conference teams.

In fact, the Sharks had seven power plays, while the Wild had just three. And Yeo didn’t hold back his thoughts on how he felt the Sharks got those man advantages, accusing them of embellishing and calling it “embarrassing,” as per a couple of reporters that cover the Wild.

It still doesn’t take away from the fact the Sharks made their power play opportunities count.

“It doesn’t matter how many times they dive, we’ve got to make sure we kill them off – or embellish, I shouldn’t say just dive,” said Yeo, as per Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press.

Yeo was particularly upset with a double-minor high-sticking call to Justin Fontaine in the first period, as per Graff.

  1. 19to77 - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Call me a fool, but I’d be more embarassed by the 39-28 shot clock. Oh, and when another team manages to draw 7 power plays against you, it’s probably more the fault of your nonexistent team discipline than the refs. That level of discipline is simply pathetic.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:19 AM

      Zone dominance, it’s hard to take penalties when you have the puck, you just draw them

      • 19to77 - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:36 AM

        Fair enough, point taken. Bit hard to avoid penalties when you’re simply being crushed on the possession side of the game. Still, the Leafs appear to more or less always lose that this season. Always outshot, always outchanced. Chalking this up to “embellishment” is still a weak deflection from “having an absolutely awful team-wide possession game.”

      • ethanmacleod1685 - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:04 AM

        @19to77, agreed

      • davebabychreturns - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:38 AM

        The problem with this is that the Wild in general don’t have “an absolutely awful team-wide possession game” – they outshoot their opponents, they’re top ten in the league from an advanced stats perspective although only just (ie. 10th in fenwick differential in score close situations).

        So you can’t really blame seven penalties against on the fact that they’re a bad team in general, they might have played poorly last night (I didn’t watch) but they’re a decent team.

        More troubling is the fact that you’ve categorically rejected the notion that the Sharks tried to sell calls, something they do as much as any team in the league IMO (and I should know as I watched the Canucks do it for years). I don’t know if the folks at league HQ stay up late enough to watch but about half of the Sharks top six forwards should be on that diving list that is apparently being maintained..

      • elvispocomo - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:07 PM

        @dave: fair points. If you head to the tweet mentioned in the article there’s a much better screen grab in the replies that shows it absolutely was a high stick, so this one isn’t the result of a dive. That doesn’t mean they haven’t been guilty of selling calls though, so Yeo may absolutely have a point about the other ones.

        There’s no doubt that the Sharks are a team that draws a lot of penalties and you can bet there are a number that aren’t warranted.

    • allday420ap - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:07 AM

      Ill call you a fool, you get outshot like that when you are always shorthanded. Use your head

    • guitarhunterdude - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:03 AM

      Believe it or not, the Wild actually outshot and outpossessed the Sharks five-on-five. They were outshot overall because they were shorthanded so much. That doesn’t excuse the horrible PK, but I can only think of one really undisciplined penalty last night (Cooke’s on Thornton), so I don’t think it’s really a discipline issue.

    • blurwild - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      The wild are in the top 10 for least PIM/G, check your numbers before calling out team discipline. That being said, I agree that deflecting blame isn’t going to help the wild win games on the road.

    • hennessey1200hp - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:19 PM

      The shot total happens when the other team gets 4 more pp than the other. Cowards dive go play soccer because your are wrecking our sport, hey Joe grow a pair

    • hennessey1200hp - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      The shot total happens when the other team gets 4 more pp than the other. Cowards dive go play soccer because your are wrecking our sport, hey Joe grow a pair nice dive

  2. ethanmacleod1685 - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    Omg, shut up and take the loss. Sharks are contenders while Wild are still trying to prove themselves.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:21 AM

      Did I lie?

      • getadealdonealready - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        Lie no, but not a great point. He isn’t complaining about the loss as much as taking a shot at officials through the Sharks in effort to not get fined.

        Bottom line for me is Backstrom is not an NHL caliber goalie of a contending team when healthy (and he isn’t healthy now). You can talk about all the other stuff you want but in most cases your PK is as good as your goalie, and if you look at the PK numbers when Harding is in net as opposed to Backstrom you will find a difference. In the 7 penalties I saw two that I thought I see what they called, but they could easily call a dive on that as well. One was a blatant mistake (Konopka DM). Yeo was clearly frustrated with the officiating (and probably two game skid), and used the dives as a chance to get his thoughts across to the league. Which brings me back to my original point as I hope Yeo sees what seems to be obvious they need to find an adequate #2 goalie, as in my mind the wild had little chance to win this game the second Backstrom was named the starter. So my hope is whether it’s get him healthy and hope he can be serviceable, trade, or get one of the younger kids up to speed that is the most glaring need for this team. If they have any shot of making the playoffs they need to find ways to keep Harding healthy long term.

        While I’m rambling, to some points below, Heatly is a turd, I don’t care who won the trade it’s time to cut bait, and get some of that young talent in the lineup.

    • rcbreezy1972 - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      The Sharks are contenders? Maybe in the regular season. Worst playoff team EVER!

  3. btlpper68 - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    The one on kenopka is a miss get over it ad worry that’ your team was dominated all night and ur only goal was a fluke bounce

  4. Sharkstyle - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    Dany Heatley sure showed up against his old team. #sarcasm

    • pxland - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:11 AM

      Perhaps, even…

      Sharkasm?

      • elvispocomo - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      • pxland - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        I’m so glad somebody got the reference. You’re a king amongst men. You and Blomfeld.

      • elvispocomo - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        Ugh. I even thought when I posted the video, “I hope no one compares me to blomfeld as a result.” Ugh.

      • pxland - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        Embrace the awesomeness of Blomfeld. Embrace it.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:21 AM

      He basically had a 1 on 0 attempt for a snipe but tried a pathetic backhand pass. Where has that guys instincts gone?

    • allday420ap - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:05 AM

      Everyone knows he sucks along with havlat, so dont act like you won that trade

      • ethanmacleod1685 - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:15 AM

        I’m not acting like I won that trade, I’m not an idiot so I know that. Go die in a ditch full of inbreds #yourfamily

      • allday420ap - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:35 AM

        Lil’ too much san in the vaj there Shethan??

      • allday420ap - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:39 AM

        And next time use your eyes, I wasnt talking to you

        #Fukpeoplewhousehashtags you jabroni

      • comeonnowguys - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:04 AM

        #punctuationwithattitude

        #deal

      • elvispocomo - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        Calm down people.

  5. allday420ap - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:06 AM

    I agree with Yeo but the wild need to play better on the road.

  6. northstarnic - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:32 AM

    Not the first time yeo has made excuses after a loss.
    Too many shots for the skarks, not enough scoring by the wild. Both of these issues continue recent trends by the wild.
    Enough excuses.

  7. northstarnic - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:44 AM

    Why do people use hashtags? This isn’t twitter, d-bags.

    • getadealdonealready - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      If I could give you 100 thumbs up I would!

  8. sjsharks66 - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    I agree the 4 minute penalty was a complete joke. After Parise slew footed Wingles, I stopped feeling bad.

  9. ronniethec - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    I am not one of those fans that look to blame the refs for a loss. However, if there is one team that deserves the oscar for best acting it is the snarks. But acting won’t help them when the kings put the hook in them in the playoffs. (Maybe the snarks can try tripping from the bench again)

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:15 AM

      Umm we beat the kings in 6 games back in 2011, we lost to them in 7 games by 1 goal this year past gone. You don’t follow hockey much, eh?

    • sjsharks01 - Dec 15, 2013 at 5:05 AM

      I see what you did there you changed the word sharks to snarks, genius. What are you 7 years old? LOL

  10. sjsharks66 - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    Ronnie, the sharks have never tripped anyone from the bench. Clowe poked at a puck though. Get your facts straight. ;)

  11. pastabelly - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Yeo should just feel fortunate that he’s not in the same division as Montreal, who have turned diving into an Olympic sport (oops, it already is one). :)

  12. mp1131211 - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Wow- a bunch of snappy shark fans here. Wild didn’t play that poorly, just couldn’t get a break for the life of them. Sharks did embellish but they were also helped out by plain old crappy calls that they didn’t embellish to get, they just got because the refs made bad calls.

    Agreed, though, about the comment made above that the Wild just need to play better on the road. What is it about traveling that they makes them perform so much worse than at home?

    • guitarhunterdude - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      I think part of it is that Minneapolis/St. Paul is so far from everywhere else, that Minnesota teams always end up with one of the toughest travel schedules in all sports leagues (in terms of miles traveled). Fatigue might have something to do with it, though I think the main cause is Yeo’s inability to adjust when opposing coaches figure out how to counter his system.

      • sjsharks01 - Dec 15, 2013 at 5:08 AM

        Yeah because the Wild have far worse travel than the Sharks LOL

  13. acepylut - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    This is why the Sharks (and Canucks) always fail in the playoffs. They spend the season play acting to get calls, and it builds up a reputation of “weak” in other playoff teams minds… and weak teams don’t win, strong ones win.

    Sorry Sharks – but enjoy a great regular season. It’s the only success you’ll have.

    • r4n6er - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      So you are saying that the Wild is a strong team? It has scoring power on all lines, with a good PP, PK and no goaltending issues? They are able to win on the road? The wild have a goal differential of -1. No team with a negative GD has ever won anything.

      Sorry Wilds-but enjoy a poor regular season. There is no success to be had by your team.

      • mp1131211 - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:37 AM

        I might be speaking for him, but no he didn’t say that. He said the sharks are weak. And it’s true regardless of what kind of team the Wild are.

  14. r4n6er - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    I am not a wild or sharks fan. I watched the whole game because I have a fantasy interest in the sharks. The double minor was a blown call. The call Jumbo Joe drew was also questionable. However, as others have mentioned, when your team is chasing the play the entire game you will take more penalties then you should. This goes back to the decision of spending a ridiculous amount of money on two players. Sutter is worth every penny that the wild spent, Parise on the other hand is an overpaid Ryan Kessler, or Mike Cammallari. Bottom line is SJ is better and out played their opponent.

  15. mikemaric - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    The Sharks are embellishers. Although they will probably get a severe case of whiplash at some point with all their head snaps.

    • r4n6er - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      The only embellishment that I saw was when Yeo acted like he was a good coach.

      hahaha couldn’t resist commence thumbs down!

    • elvispocomo - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      Yup. In fact, I was amazed Couture didn’t cause neck strain with this one:

      There’s no question Sedin hits him, but Couture’s reaction should have earned him an Oscar nomination.

      • crazycletus - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:56 PM

        couture did something similar against wild last week when he got a stick to the face. I believe it was stoner who got him, an obvious penalty don’t act like you just got shot.

      • elvispocomo - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        I’m a fan of his skill and ability, but man he really does try to sell calls.

  16. penvik - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    I know exactly where Yeo is coming from. It’s a long process but Yeo was brought up in the Penguins system. A system that depends on the rules of hockey as written in the official book. Alas, the game is not called on the ice as it should be in the rule book. This continues to impact the Penguins nightly and will greatly effect the Wild as well. The teams that play hard skating, clean hockey are punished by today’s refs. The teams that achieve great things are amongst the dirtiest or best acting. San Jose, Boston, Philly (not so much this year) are great examples. The way to win is to play dirty and kill off a certain amount of penalties. Once you’ve killed 5+ penalties the whistle gets out away, BUT not for the opposing team. The refs go out of their way to even up the calls, it doesn’t matter what really happens, the refs control the game to keep things close and interesting.

    • mp1131211 - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      Ok- that doesn’t happen

    • elvispocomo - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      I think you missed the point of the comments, where the disparity in penalties (due to the Sharks embellishing) was the issue. The refs didn’t stop calling penalties on the Wild once it hit 5, and nor did they even up the calls for the Wild.

  17. drewsylvania - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    LOL. Every team embellishes now, thanks to non-enforcement of diving.

  18. kingcobraman - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    lie ,cheat and steal…. do anything to win… hahaha should just relay on their skill they are cheapening their game … so so sad to see

  19. johnmr12 - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    At the end of the day, the San Jose Sharks are one of about 5 or 6 teams with a legitimate shot at the cup this year, and the Wild are not one of those teams.

  20. skr213 - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    As a Sharks fan, I hate it when they embellish. I don’t want to feel like a Canucks fan, for christ sake. Be men, and if you get the call, you get the call. That said, the refs this season have missed an AMAZING amount of calls for the Sharks. I understand fans of other teams that don’t see every Sharks game might miss this fact, but it has been truly astounding. I’m not one to complain too much about calls because I don’t expect the refs to be perfect (do we think they’re robots?), but I only raise this because someone else is now calling the Sharks for getting too many PPs, when over the course of the season, we are probably 10-20 minutes on the negative side of the equation.

    • elvispocomo - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      San Jose has the least amount of minors and 2nd least PIMs in the league, all while getting the most PP time of any team in the NHL. They have the most first period PPs, helping them to get early leads more often, and are 6th in third period PPs and 2nd in OT PPs, helping them to close out games.

      To say that the Sharks have an amazing amount of missed calls against them would mean they’d have even more PP time and that would mean a massive disparity over any other team in the league. Do they really deserve that significant an advantage in PP time compared to any other team? Are teams really forced to take that many penalties when they play the Sharks?

      • supercoop8 - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        Sharks are at +76 minutes in PP-Pk, they rank first and the second team comes in at around +40; separated by more than half of an entire game. That is some shocking stuff.

      • elvispocomo - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        Absolutely. As a Vancouver fan, I saw it first hand with the massive disparity in penalties favouring the Sharks in the first round last year.

      • skr213 - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:15 PM

        A Vancouver fan has nothing to say in this conversation. Nothing. Dive City. Anyway, yes, the Sharks are extremely disciplined about not getting penalties. Regardless, if you’d actually WATCHED EVERY GAME as I have, you’d know that there have been literally a dozen very very blatantly not called penalties that would have given the Sharks even more PP time. I’m not talking about little judgment calls like interference, I’m talking about Brent Burns taking a goalie stick to the face and things like that.

      • skr213 - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        A Vancouver fan has nothing to say in this conversation. Nothing. Dive City. Anyway, yes, the Sharks are extremely disciplined about not getting penalties. Regardless, if you’d actually WATCHED EVERY GAME as I have, you’d know that there have been literally a dozen very very blatantly not called penalties that would have given the Sharks even more PP time. I’m not talking about little judgment calls like interference, I’m talking about Brent Burns taking a goalie stick to the face and things like that.

      • skr213 - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        A Vancouver fan has nothing to say in this conversation. Dive City. Anyway, yes, the Sharks are extremely disciplined about not getting penalties. Regardless, if you’d actually WATCHED EVERY GAME as I have, you’d know that there have been literally a dozen very very blatantly not called penalties that would have given the Sharks even more PP time. I’m not talking about little judgment calls like interference, I’m talking about Brent Burns taking a goalie stick to the face and things like that.

      • skr213 - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        sorry for the multiple posts. the site is being wonky obviously. my bad.

      • elvispocomo - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:32 PM

        PEBKAC error clearly…

        So you’re saying that San Jose has more missed calls than other teams and that the obvious boost the Sharks would gain from a percentage of those calls being picked up would be warranted even though they already lead the NHL in PP/PK differental?

        Do you sell bridges too?

      • elvispocomo - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        I’ll just leave this here as well:

  21. hsnepsts - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Canucks don’t embelish any more. They used to – the video replays don’t lie. But they don’t any more. Not since 2011 actually.

    No, that honour now belongs to the San Jose Sharks.

    • soro17 - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      Wingels and Couture are consistently embarrassing. Wingels I understand as he is a hack and needs to do something to stay in the league. But Couture, come on man. You could be Bobby Clarke, why aim for Bill Barber?

      • ltcrisco23 - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        No offense but Bobby Clarke isn’t the NHL player you shoot for if you are a player with talent like Couture. Couture could be better than Claude Giroux, if you want to keep with the comparing to the best Philadelphia Flyers ever.

      • ltcrisco23 - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:17 PM

        No offense but Bobby Clarke isn’t the NHL player a guy like Couture should shoot for. He has Claude Giroux like talent. Even better.

      • ltcrisco23 - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        Sorry for replying twice. At least my point gets across haha.

  22. titansrbeast - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    I love it when my team dives. Hope we dive/embellish straight to the Stanley Cup. Enough of this even strength BS, take a dive, make em’ weak and pop one in. You get tapped in the face with a stick, snap that byatch back so hard it almost cracks. Dive, slide, fall, slip, flip…………………

    GO SHARKS!

  23. sjsharks01 - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    And what about the game they played a few days before in Minnesota when the stick was chopped out of the Sharks’ hands which ultimately led to their first goal…Yeo should quit crying although he is just doing his job in trying to earn a call for the next meeting (I don’t see how it is going to matter anyways since its not around the corner).

  24. sharksfan97 - Dec 14, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Yikes, I didn’t know this little bald coach with the glasses had it in him…good for him for getting this off his chest!

  25. sjsharks01 - Dec 15, 2013 at 4:54 AM

    Don’t cheat and you won’t get called. Maybe he should teach his players to keep their hands on their sticks there were multiple times they took their free hand off their stick to hold a player which made it easy for the ref to blow the whistle. If he did more coaching instead of crying to the media maybe they wouldn’t find themselves in the predicament they’re in.

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