Wingels responds after sitting out
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SAN JOSE – Todd McLellan didn’t have to say much to Tommy Wingels when he pulled the young forward from the lineup on Feb. 2 against Nashville.

“He actually was able to tell me that night that we sat him out what he didn’t do and what he needs to do. I think when a player can self-evaluate like that, it’s powerful,” McLellan said. “He got the message, and he produced.”

Wingels has responded with three points in the last two games, including a goal and an assist against Chicago on Tuesday. He picked the top corner over Corey Crawford’s shoulder to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead, and set up Michal Handzus for the veteran center’s first goal after bringing the puck into the offensive zone.

The 24-year-old was credited with five hits against Chicago, too, a game high.

“He reacted very well. I think Tommy played maybe his best game as a Shark, never mind just this year,” McLellan said. “Very intense, very sharp, skating well. He’s got a tremendous shot, and he finally used it in a number of different situations the other night. As a result, the players around him had a real good game, too.”

The Sharks have struggled to get points from anyone other than their top line forwards and power play. In fact, Wingels’ first period goal was the first goal from a forward on the third or fourth lines. Prior to Tuesday, only five Sharks forwards had found the back of the net through the first nine games.

Since the beginning of the season, Wingels has been put in a position where he can, and is expected, to score. The benching did him some good, he said on Thursday.

“You sit up from a different point of view and see a lot of things,” said Wingels, who signed a one-year contract extension last summer as a restricted free agent. “You’re a bit disappointed and frustrated with yourself because you want to be out there, but at the same time it lets you see things from a different picture. You’re able to work on your game a little bit more, and I think it paid off for me.”

PK streak far short of record
The Sharks have killed off an extraordinary 31-straight opponent power plays, not allowing a goal since Phoenix’s Antonie Vermette scored on Antti Niemi in the third game of the season on Jan. 24.

While impressive, that’s still short of the franchise record by a good margin. From Feb. 10 to March 8, 2003, the Sharks killed off 45 straight penalties, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.