Post-Game 3: Sharks coach Todd McClellan

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On if Couture coming back onto the ice after being injured sparked the Sharks:

“It’s an interesting thing, we just saw that happen in LA the other night with one of their key people come back. Kopitar gave their team a lift when Cooch (Logan Couture) came back tonight it gave our team a lift tonight, as well. The locker room was real positive when he was ready to go. It’s kind of ironic that it’s’ mirroring, that the series mirrors each other one game to another.

On Logan Couture and Martin Havlat’s condition:

“Logan is banged up a little bit obviously but he came back and was able to play and we’re very thankful for that. Marty is injured again.”

On the mood between the 3rd period and OT knowing the Sharks’ had a 5-on-3:

“Actually I thought we we’re a little, even us as coaches, probably a little too excited, too wound up. We needed to calm down a little bit. It was veteran players, elite players that you’re putting on the ice. We had a plan, it almost came to fruition. But after that, they just played, they came through.”

On the importance of winning a game when being down 0-2:

“It was a real, real important game for us. We thought we let one get away in LA. So we had to come back and answer. We’ve done it in our building.  I think, as Kenny Holland told us when we were in Detroit- you’re never really, really in trouble until you lose your first game at home. So big win for us.”

On dealing with abrupt line changes when players get taken out:

“There’s a lot of juggling going on when we’re short two and even short a d-man for awhile. I thought everybody elevated their game. I thought our game management at that point of the night was as good as its been all year as far as shift length, puck management and getting fresh people on the ice. It’s something that we talked about- why change it now just because Logan is back. Let’s keep doing that.”

On if Martin Havlat is expected to play in the remainder of the series:

“I don’t know that yet. I know he’s hurt again and I’ll probably find out a lot more in the morning but I’ll say he’s very, very doubtful for next game.”

On Logan Couture’s condition:

“Based on, you know, his smile in the locker room, I’m assuming he’ll be fine.”

On how the team will respond to being down 2-0 in the series:

“You have to take the test. The mood in the locker room immediately was obviously down but once we arrived at the rink the next day it was a lot better. Guys were walking around and getting ready to play again. I thought the transition from being down to, lets’ get ready to go, was exceptional. The leaders did a good job. But you always  have to take that test. You find out a lot about your team and we obviously showed up to play tonight.”

 

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