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WASHINGTON – Just two games into the season, the Sharks’ power play is already under the microscope.
That’s what happens when you take an 0-for-8 with just six shots on goal in nearly 16 minutes of power play time, as the Sharks did against Winnipeg on Saturday in a 3-0 win.
San Jose finished 20th in the NHL in power play last season. That inconsistency, combined with losing quarterback Dan Boyle in the offseason, suggests the Sharks have some real hurdles to clear if they want to have success with a man advantage.
“It’s going to take us awhile to work on small nuances. The biggest change for us is the quarterback that controlled it isn’t there, as much as anything,” Todd McLellan said, referring to Boyle, who is now with the New York Rangers.
The Sharks’ coach is trying to implement some minor adjustments from last season, but admitted he may need to re-think that plan.
“There are some small changes that we’d like to make, whether it’s positioning or attack points,” he said. “Until we get our foundation in place and we get everybody on board, maybe go back to the old before we advance to the new.”
Patrick Marleau, who has the Sharks’ lone power play goal in 12 chances this season, indicated the changes aren’t all that extreme. The team just needs to get more pucks to the net.
“Everything’s pretty much the same. You look around the league at the way goals are scored and it’s pretty much getting shots,” Marleau said. “Without the shots, nothing breaks down and teams have sound PKs. We’ve got to work [for] those opportunities and get shots through.”
He’s not too concerned about it just yet. After all, it was only one bad game.
“There’s things you need to do to be successful that we haven’t done. We can easily change that and go from there. If we’re still doing the right things and it’s not going in…but we’re not doing them now, so we just have to get back to doing them.”