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Pavelski on Sharks loss: ‘We can’t give away points’

Mar 28, 2014, 9:06 AM EDT

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The San Jose Sharks are in a fight with the Anaheim Ducks to see who takes home the Pacific Division title and gets to avoid playing the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the playoffs.

The Sharks lost to the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 on a late power play goal by Tobias Enstrom on Thursday night and hold a two point lead in the Pacific on the Ducks. The Sharks’ problem is that the Ducks have three games in hand.

As Kevin Kurz at CSNBayArea.com shares, San Jose knows they can’t lose games like that or else they’ll put themselves in trouble.

“We can’t give away points,” Joe Pavelski said. “We’ve given away a few too many lately. [Anaheim] has got the games in hand. If they do their job they’ll be there, but there’s still quite a bit of hockey left.”

That is true, there’s a lot of hockey to go, and when you look at the remaining schedules for the Ducks and Sharks, there are landmines to be found all over.

Out of the Ducks’ remaining 13 games, they have three games with Edmonton. However, their final four games are at Vancouver, home against the Sharks, at Los Angeles, and home against Colorado. Yikes.

Of their final 10 games, San Jose has two left against Colorado and close the season in Phoenix against a Coyotes team that may be fighting to make the playoffs.

As always, the mantra this time of year is, “Just win, baby.” Saying it and actually doing it are very different things.

  1. sjsharks66 - Mar 28, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    At least a point would have been nice last night. Way too many penalties. Wish the officials just let them all play 5 on 5. Good game by the Jets! Sticks in all the right places. Especially on the 2 open nets Burns had.

  2. therealbigben - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Ducks have 10 games left, Sharks just 7. 82 game schedule, not 85

  3. shutyourfivehole - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    I don’t know if it’s a work ethic problem or some type of mental block, but this team just will not and can not beat teams that, on paper, they should be pounding. Yeah, I know, that’s why they play the game. And it’s already cost them at least 10 points this year. Very frustrating.

  4. sharksman - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    I was at the game last night and it never appeared that they had any momentum, gave up some easy goals and the last three min of the game was horrible. They always play down to the teams they should beat. But at least I did not get screwed with the beer cups :)
    Go Sharks !
    Also missing Raffi and Burish is not helping, It felt like they needed a big hit last night and never got it.

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