Where are the power plays?

March 31, 2012, 10:15 pm
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SAN JOSE In their brief two-game road trip to Anaheim and Phoenix, the Sharks and their opponents combined for just three power play opportunities. Patrick Marleaus boarding minor against Phoenix was the only penalty on the Sharks, who have had just one power play in each of the last two games.

How do you explain that, Todd McLellan?

Cant. I have no explanation for it. I guess the one thing is that its consistent, said the Sharks head coach on Saturday morning. The standard doesnt start and then dramatically change throughout the night. We have to give the officials credit for that. They establish a standard, and they maintain it.

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The Coyotes scored on their only power play Thursday night, and it ended up being the game-winning goal in a 2-0 victory. San Jose was 0-for-1 in each of the two regulation losses, including the 3-1 defeat to the Ducks on Wednesday.

In fact, the Sharks loss to the Ducks was the fifth time this season in which their opposition didnt have a single power play. The Sharks had won the first four against Toronto on Feb. 23, Calgary on Jan. 17, Columbus on Jan. 5 and Pittsburgh on Nov. 3.

Theyre tied with Chicago in that category, as the Blackhawks have also gone five games with no opposition power plays. The Sharks are shorthanded just 2.89 times per game, the fewest in the league. Their 211 total times shorthanded is also a league-low.

On the flip side, the Sharks have been on the power play just 12 times in the last five games, scoring one goal. Overall, though, they are third in the league (20.4 percent).