McLellan happy with Sharks' work ethic in win over Wild
Wild coach Mike Yeo accused the Sharks of drawing penalties through embellishment after Thursday's 3-1 Sharks' win. (USATSI)
NASHVILLE – Wild head coach Mike Yeo has apologized to Sharks coach Todd McLellan for his comments after San Jose’s 3-1 win over Minnesota on Thursday.
Yeo accused the Sharks of embellishing penalties, including a high stick on Brad Stuart in the first period, which he termed “embarrassing.” The Sharks scored all three of their goals on the power play.
“Mike Yeo did reach out to me yesterday and apologized for his comments,” McLellan said on Saturday morning, after the Sharks’ pregame skate in Nashville. “He thought they were out of line, and not appropriate. In fairness to him, it can be a very emotional time after a game for a coach. I know I’ve been in that situation before. Once you say something it’s hard to take it back, but I appreciate him reaching out and clarifying that.”
McLellan admitted he was angry after being made aware of Yeo’s postgame rant.
“I was really upset. In fact, I was going to come out here with video clips and show you the Brad Stuart high stick,” he said. “There’s no doubt about it that it was a high stick. It got him cleanly on the jaw. But, there’s no need for that. [Yeo] was very professional, the organization was, they reached out, and we’re good.”
Stuart denied that he embellished the high stick from Justin Fontaine five minutes into the game. The penalty resulted in a Joe Pavelski goal to open the scoring.
“If he thinks that’s embellishing, I don’t care,” Stuart said. “What do I care? I got hit in the face. If I embellished or I didn’t, the fact of the matter is he hit me in the face.”
“They lost the game, so he’s probably upset. Like I said, I don’t really care how upset he is or what he thinks about it. It was a penalty. It’s one thing if he didn’t hit me and I embellished something that didn’t happen.”