New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox, left, reaches for the puck in front of San Jose Sharks center Nick Bonino (13) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

SAN JOSE – Sharks coach David Quinn has mostly been patient with his team through the first quarter of the season, even as they’ve experienced all kinds of growing pains in adjusting to a new regime.

That patience has pretty much run out at this point, as Quinn blasted the Sharks’ effort and compete level Saturday night after a 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers at SAP Center.

Thanks to an array of turnovers and a mostly unwillingness to battle, which was perhaps the most disheartening aspect of Saturday’s loss to Quinn, the Sharks managed just four shots on net in the third period. including none in the first 11 minutes.

It all added up to the Sharks’ seventh-straight loss on home ice, as their overall record fell to 6-11-3.

“I thought we sucked in the third period,” Quinn said. “They beat us to every loose puck, they out-battled us, they out-competed us. I thought our puck management wasn’t great all night but we were at least hanging around in the first two periods.”

Goalie James Reimer did what he could Saturday to help the Sharks earn their second win at home this season, making 39 straight saves to start the game before Julien Gauthier scored at the  13:57 mark of the third period.

On the play, Ryan Carpenter won a faceoff against Steven Lorentz deep in the Sharks’ zone before the puck went back to Jacob Trouba, whose shot was tipped by Gauthier past Reimer, who finished with 41 saves.

Quinn was bothered by Evgeny Svechnikov not skating out to the point to get in the way of Trouba’s shot, perhaps partly emblematic of the Sharks’ lack of battle against the Rangers.

“We give them a faceoff goal where guys don’t want to block a shot,” Quinn said. “We don’t want to block a shot, we don’t get coverage and a guy gets a tip that should be covered, and it wasn’t.”

New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox, left, reaches for the puck in front of San Jose Sharks center Nick Bonino (13) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) 

Erik Karlsson, who leads all NHL defensemen with 29 points, was held off the scoresheet for just the fifth time in the last 18 games.

While the Sharks have struggled to win a lot of games even when Karlsson has produced points, they’re now 1-6-0 when …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

      

Sharks’ Quinn uses variety of ‘S’ words to describe latest loss. The worst? ‘We were soft’

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *