McGinn scores twice; Sharks in eighth

March 5, 2012, 3:59 pm
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Sharks fans dont exactly need any more reasons to be frustrated these days, as the team has lost eight of its last 10, but heres one, anyway Jamie McGinn scored the only two goals on Sunday evening in Colorados 2-0 win over the Minnesota Wild.

McGinn managed to equal the Sharks entire offensive output on the first three games of their homestand in less than seven minutes, with a goal early in the first period and another one midway through the frame on the power play.

McGinn told NHL.com:

"You don't know how long it's going to be with a new team before you score a goal. You want to jump in and be a part of it right away. "To be a big part tonight, and put a couple in the back of the net, it makes the transition a little easier."

As for the players the Sharks received in the trade with the Avalanche, Daniel Winnik recorded his first point in a teal jersey in Saturdays loss to St. Louis when he assisted on Torrey Mitchells goal. TJ Galiardi, however, played just two minutes and 30 seconds against the Blues while skating on the fourth line.

In fact, his fellow linemates (Jim Vandermeer, 1:43; Brad Winchester, 3:46) didnt see too much action, either.

Assistant coach Matt Shaw was asked the reason for that after the Blues game, and said it was essentially because the Blues were rolling in abbreviated shifts not surprising, considering they were at the end of a long road trip.

The game dictated that, said Shaw of his fourth liners limited minutes. We got down early, and the one thing that St. Louis does very effectively and some teams are starting to do more and more now, when youre on the road and looking to get away from a matchup, you keep your shifts very short.

If you look at their shift lengths youll see its something they do consciously. It got to the point where, being down, and that ability not to get the players wed want out there playing, limited their playing time very much tonight.

The win by Colorado to within a single point of the Sharks, who are barely hanging on in eighth place in the Western Conference with 73 points.

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The Dallas Stars, 7-1-2 in their last 10 games, jumped ahead of San Jose by virtue of a 3-2 shootout win over Calgary on Sunday night.