ST. PAUL The Sharks nightmarish road trip just doesnt want to end.
The team was due to arrive back in San Jose late Sunday night, following another crushing loss this one to the Minnesota Wild, 4-3, on two late third period goals.
Mechanical problems with the plane, though, meant that the Sharks would have to spend one more night in a hotel their 16th away from home since the trip began on Feb. 11 before flying home on Monday morning, according to a team spokesman.
Adding to the misery is that the Sharks will face a well-rested Philadelphia team when their four-game homestand begins on Tuesday night. The Flyers have been in San Jose since Sunday, arriving from Calgary, where they beat the Flames 5-4 in a shootout on Saturday night. They practice at Sharks Ice on Monday.
The Sharks concluded their season-long nine-game road trip with a 2-6-1 record and have fallen to seventh place in the Western Conference.