Clowe owns up to emotional mistake vs. Columbus


Clowe owns up to emotional mistake vs. Columbus

TORONTO Ryane Clowe was in no mood to talk about his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, leading to a key Columbus goal on Tuesday night, immediately following the 6-3 Sharks loss to the Blue Jackets.

As one of the more emotional guys on the team, that came as no surprise, as the undisciplined infraction by Clowe halted San Joses momentum after it had scored two straight goals in the second period, after surrendering four unanswered markers in the first.

RECAP: Sharks hit low point with 6-3 loss to Columbus

On Wednesday in Toronto, though, Clowe opened up about the mistake in judgment that helped key San Joses fourth straight loss.

I consider myself to be a pretty disciplined player, but last night I took an unsportsmanlike minor, that was me. Ive got to keep my emotions in check," Clowe said. "I didnt think the call was a great call on the first minor, but the second minor was a selfish penalty on my part. You cant take those. When the game gets emotional, weve got to keep those emotions in check a little better.

Clowe also took an avoidable roughing minor late in the first period when trying to defend Logan Couture, who had just been run into the boards by Columbus Ryan Johansen. That led to a power play goal by Jeff Carter, and also irked head coach Todd McLellan after the game.

McLellan mentioned he would have a chat with Clowe before Wednesdays practice, but instead the coach held a half-hour meeting with his entire club before a 45-minute skate at the Maple Leafs practice facility in the early afternoon.

We talked about it as a group. Theres a Catch-22 situation with a guy like Clowie, McLellan said. Hes always done a very admirable job of taking care of his teammates, Logan in particular. If theres an excessive situation hes always prepared to step in. Sometimes he gets away and lets his emotions get in front of him, and that was probably one of those situations, but we sure dont want to take that element of his game away.

Clowe was asked how Wednesdays meeting deferred from typical off-day meetings, now that the Sharks are just 1-4-1 on their nine-game road trip and have lost seven of the last nine overall (2-6-1).

It was longer. Guys spoke a little bit, within the team and players. We went over some video, and Todd addressed some areas that need to be fixed.

Weve just got to realize were playing playoff hockey. Were first in our division, which is a good thing, but were only a few points in the playoffs. Weve got to put our foot down and get on a streak.

In push for playoffs, LA Kings acquire goalie Bishop from Tampa Bay

In push for playoffs, LA Kings acquire goalie Bishop from Tampa Bay

The Los Angeles Kings have acquired goaltender Ben Bishop in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Los Angeles sent Peter Budaj, defensive prospect Erik Cernak, a 2017 seventh-round pick and a conditional pick to Tampa Bay for Bishop and a 2017 fifth-round pick.

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman announced the trade Sunday night, less than four days before the trade deadline.

Bishop, a pending unrestricted free agent, helped the Lightning reach the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. The Kings now have Bishop and 2012 and 2014 Cup winner Jonathan Quick, who returned Saturday from a long-term lower-body injury that had sidelined him since October.

The 6-foot-7 Bishop, 30, is 16-12-3 with a 2.55 goals-against average and .911 save percentage.

Three takeaways: Sharks stand up for Karlsson; avoiding the mumps

Three takeaways: Sharks stand up for Karlsson; avoiding the mumps

VANCOUVER – It was a successful first game coming out of the bye week for the Sharks, as they won going away against the Canucks at Rogers Arena on Saturday, 4-1. Here are our three takeaways from the evening in British Columbia…

1 – Slow start, strong finish

The league-wide trend of starting slow coming out of the NHL’s newly instituted bye week was on display in the first period, as the Sharks and Canucks played one of the uglier frames of NHL hockey you’ll ever see. San Jose was on its heels early, surrendering the first six shots of the game and looking particularly confused. They didn’t register a single hit in the period, either, which is hard to do.

The Sharks were lucky that Vancouver wasn’t much better, and that Martin Jones – whose performance we focused on in primary the game recap – was looking sharp and well rested.

The message after the scoreless first period, according to coach Pete DeBoer, was just to “try and get better.” That’s what happened.

“We knew it would be a little messy, and it was,” DeBoer said. “Jonesy thankfully was our best player, and gave us a chance to get our legs under us. I thought as the game wore on we got better and better. It wasn’t a pretty win, by any means.”

Chris Tierney said: “After the first 10 minutes [we] started to feel good and then kind of felt back to normal in the second there. It definitely took a little bit. Joner bailed us out in the beginning a couple times. I thought we started to get going in the second and third.”

2 – Standing up for Karlsson

Melker Karlsson was lucky to return in the third period after he took a heavy hit from Joseph Labate. Karlsson had to be helped to the dressing room after the blow, when his head violently snapped back as Labate ran him into the boards in front of the bench.

Micheal Haley pounced on Labate immediately after the incident, earning a two-minute minor that the team was probably happy to kill off. Labate, to his credit, answered the bell in the third period when he was challenged by and fought Brenden Dillon. The Sharks will face the Canucks three more times this season, including on Thursday, so a response to the hit was particularly necessary even if it was clean.

“That sends a good message to the team that everybody has each other’s back,” Mikkel Boedker said of Haley and Dillon’s efforts. “Those guys are real standup guys, and they’ve done it so many times. Every time they do it, it means something special to all of us.”

DeBoer said: “That’s a huge part of our team and our team identity. We’ve got a group that you’re not going to be able to push to of games, and I think we’ve shown that over the last two years here. You don’t even have to say anything, that’s just automatic.”

3 – Avoiding the mumps

Some eyebrows were raised in the press box midway through the game when the Canucks tweeted that defenseman Luca Sbisa would not return with the stomach flu. That’s one of the early warning signs of the mumps, meaning Sbisa could have exposed some Sharks to the virus, which is making its way through the Vancouver dressing room.

“What are you going to do? We’ve just got to cross our fingers and get outta here and hope that he didn’t rub up against anybody,” DeBoer said.

The Sharks coach said after the game that he thought “most of our guys” have had vaccinations, but “I believe there’s a couple that haven’t.”

After the virus invaded several NHL dressing rooms two seasons ago, the Sharks’ training staff will likely be on the lookout for symptoms when the team reconvenes on Monday. Hopefully, the outbreak will begin and end in Vancouver this time.

“Definitely, you want to make sure that you stay away from all that stuff,” Boedker said.