Todd McLellan: 'A night that we all will remember for a long time'
Todd McLellan's Sharks are off to a 2-0-0 start to the season after beginning the 2012-'13 campaign with seven straight wins. (USATSI)
SAN JOSE – After a pair of 4-1 wins to open the season, the Sharks look as dangerous as any team through the first week of the NHL season.
Sure, it’s only been two games, but Sharks head coach Todd McLellan has to be pleased. After Saturday’s win over the Phoenix Coyotes, I said to the coach I assumed he was pleased with his team’s start.
McLellan agreed. Kind of.
“When we look at how we want to play, yes. We want to be fast, we want to be hard, we want to be aggressive. Pretty supportive group right now, amongst each other, and that always happens when you’re winning.
"We’re happy. Are we satisfied? No. But, we’re happy.”
The Sharks’ two wins look even better in that Vancouver has since won twice after its season opening defeat at SAP Center, beating Edmonton, 6-2, and Calgary, 5-4, in overtime.
The Coyotes won their only other game, too, beating the New York Rangers, 4-1, in their home opener last Thursday.
The Rangers visit the Sharks on Tuesday night, in what will be the first visit by an Eastern Conference club since March 22, 2012, when the Boston Bruins were in the Bay Area. New York plays in Los Angeles on Monday night.
The Sharks, who started last season 7-0-0, are one of six teams still without a loss.
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Adam Burish should begin skating this week, he told CSNCalifornia.com on Saturday. Burish was hurt in the Sharks’ preseason opener on Sep. 16 as has been out ever since.