Next shift goals a disturbing trend for Sharks

Next shift goals a disturbing trend for Sharks
March 20, 2012, 6:20 pm
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SAN JOSE After last nights disheartening 5-3 Sharks loss to the Anaheim Ducks, several of the postgame locker room questions revolved around the notion that San Jose has given up goals immediately after its scored one itself.

A quick scan of the game sheets from the past month suggests it hasnt happened with quite as much regularity as some of the reporters and bloggers seemed to suggest, but its occurred enough lately that the team recognizes its a disturbing trend.

Last night against the Ducks, Bobby Ryan tied the game at 1-1 just 51 seconds after Marty Havlat opened the scoring in the first period.

Then, in the second period Kyle Palmieri scored 33 seconds after Joe Pavelski's goal pulled the Sharks within one goal at 4-3.

In Saturdays 3-2 win over Detroit, Pavel Datsyuks goal came 23 seconds after Havlat had given the Sharks a 2-0 first period lead.

On March 6 in Edmonton, Ryan Smyth answered a Ryane Clowe goal less than a minute later while St. Louis T.J. Oshie scored 20 seconds after a Torrey Mitchell marker on March 3.

That's five times in the past nine games.

Whats the deal?

I dont know why its happening, but its a bad trend to get into, Joe Thornton said. Last game, we did the same thing. We grab some momentum, and then next shift, they grab it right back. The line coming on after the goal definitely has to be prepared to win the faceoff. Its a big shift after that.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic said: Everybody knows after you score a goal, the next shift is important. Tonight, every time we scored, we didnt come out with a good effort on the next shift.

Todd McLellan thinks surrendering a goal so soon after getting one does more damage to a team than just on the scoreboard.

That takes a lot of energy out of your team. Its tough to get the engine going again. Thats disappointing. Its a real good point, and its a fact, said the coach.

Line changing: McLellan began shifting his forward lines over and over again abut five minutes into the second period. The first noticeable change was when he flip-flopped Joe Pavelski with Marty Havlat, playing Havlat with Thornton and Logan Couture while putting Pavelski with Patrick Marleau and Ryane Clowe. But by the end of the game it was nearly impossible to keep track of what was going on up front.

The coach bluntly explained his thought process after the game.

Id be an idiot not to, standing behind the bench watching that. Nobody really had anything going, he said.

Boudreau relishes spoiler role: Although the Ducks are out of the playoff race, the team can still take pleasure at trying to derail one of its rivals.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau said: Our team has a lot of pride and we played awfully hard from January on. Whenever you can sort of derail a California team, you like to do it.

The Sharks, who have lost four of five games to Anaheim, visit the Honda Center on March 28.

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