ST. PAUL There were a number of Sharks players in the doghouse with coach Todd McLellan after Tuesdays 5-4 shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild.
Rookie forward Andrew Desjardins was not among them. The 25-year-old played a season high of 13:48, and for the second half of the game, was on the teams second line with Logan Couture and Ryane Clowe.
His ice time included nearly two minutes on the penalty kill, which had a rare strong outing by not allowing a power play goal in three opportunities (although, the Wild entered the game just one for its last 29 over the last 11 games).
He was a competitive guy. Desis always competitive, along the boards and net-front, McLellan said. He stands his ground and he doesnt give up any ice to anybody, where I thought some of our guys did that tonight. I was disappointed in some of them.
McLellan didnt mention anyone by name, as is his style, but among the players who didnt see a whole lot of ice time were Brad Winchester (6:11), Tommy Wingels (6:57) and Torrey Mitchell (11:56).
Well look at the game again and talk to some individual players, McLellan said. Grinders need to grind, and workers need to work. We all need to work, but we need some energy and some fire from some guys. They have to bring it every night.
The Sharks were able to force overtime thanks to multiple-point efforts from Dan Boyle (1g, 2a), Patrick Marleau (1g, 1a) and Joe Thornton (2a).
We cant always rely on the big boys to get everything done, McLellan said.