Sharks 4, Red Wings 1 – Locker Room Quotes

Locker room quotes following the Sharks 4-1 victory over the visiting Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night in San Jose…

Todd McLellan on the second goal:

“A bad goal can do that and I am sure that’s one Jimmy Howard would like to have back. The game was pretty even at that point. Not a lot of flow type checking similar to the first game we played in Detroit. That goal kind of opened it up for us for awhile. There was a10 minute phase where we were able to get the lead and manage it from there.”

McLellan on Joe Pavelski:

“He’s been really good. We need to keep him that way. When the team really needs him,he elevates his game. That’s the sign of a real good player. Playing with the two players that he does, he just needs to get himself into he right spot and find pucks. He took advantage of it again.”

Dan Boyle on the team and himself:

“Obviously I have felt better lately. That is part of it. It’s all of us. There are five guys out there and five guys make difference. Whether it’s me making a pass or somebody taking a shot or Pav’s tipping it in. Guys are doing their job.”

Andrew Desjardins on the game:

“Oh I don’t know. It was just 2-1. I think the guys just fed off of it a little bit. The guys just put the gas down and just kept going with it.”

Joe Pavelski on his play:

“Been around the net a little bit. I have had some good goals, some goals that you are kind of lucky with at times. I am playing with some good players. We are getting multiple looks throughout the night. Between Burnzie and me, we are getting a lot to the net and Jumbo is making all the passes. The power play is starting to click a little bit, so it all adds up.”

Joe Thornton on the Sharks’ returning players:

“Both looked like they played well tonight. They looked fresh. TK he looked great and Tommy was throwing his weight around, making good plays. It’s nice time get the guys back.”

Mike Babcock on the game:

“I thought we were fine. I thought we gave up two ugly goals. Any way you look at it, with the team we have right now, we have to play with real good structure, we’ve got to work real hard and we have to have good goaltending and we didn’t get all that, so you have no opportunity. We have to be better and that’s all there is to it. If you’re concerned about anything after a four-day break it’s your start but our start wasn’t an issue for us at all, we did a fine job.”

Niklas Kronwall on the game:

“I didn’t think necessarily that we started great and executed coming out of our zone, but I thought the second half of the first period we started doing some good things. As soon as we talk to each other and we want the puck we become a much better team. The second period for whatever reason we stopped skating.”

Kronwall on the second period:

“We stopped skating and started watching them play hockey. Our power play, again, has to be a lot more intense and a lot better.”

Henrik Zetterberg on the game:

“Their big line played better than our big line. They scored two and we didn’t. Little things, but we have two games left in this trip and we’ll start with a big one on Saturday.”

Zetterberg on the team’s start:

“We played well. After the first we were pretty happy with the way we played. Obviously in this building it’s not good when they score the first, but we found a way to come back and I think we evened it out pretty good.”

Tomas Tatar on his play:

“I feel good on the ice but it would be very nice if we had won this game. It would be way more confidence for the next two games, we need that, it’s going to be two hard games coming.”