LOS ANGELES – The San Jose Sharks couldn’t get over the hump once again.
Timo Meier tied a hard-fought tilt with the Los Angeles Kings, 10 minutes into the third period, and it looked like the Sharks might steal a point from a game where they were outshot 22-8 in the opening frame.
But San Jose, as they’ve done so often this season, couldn’t get that big play when they most needed it, and they surrendered two quick goals in 53 seconds to get behind 4-2, eventually dropping a 4-3 decision.
Nick Bonino spoke on the frustration of being right there but not able to get the wins, James Reimer talked about his 21-save first period, and head coach David Quinn speaks up for Erik Karlsson’s effort on the game-winning Drew Doughty goal.
Nick Bonino, on the San Jose Sharks’ frustration with being right there, but not able to get the results:
We’re there every game. Can’t get wins. It’s frustrating for everyone. Trying everything in practice, in video, in competing, and it’s just not going our way right now.
Bonino, on if the Sharks are doing everything that they can to get over the hump, what more can they give?
Clearly. But we’re working on it. Like I said, we all are searching for answers more than anyone. Tonight was just a lot of good things and one or two bad things and we lost.
Bonino, on the internal message during the first intermission after the Sharks got outshot 22-8 to start the game:
The shots were 9-8 at one point. Then all of a sudden, they were 22-8. The message was it’s a choice that we were making to allow that to happen.
James Reimer, on the San Jose Sharks’ frustration with being right there but not able to get the wins:
Yeah, I think so. I thought we played real decent, good enough to win. Again, it comes down to a one-goal game.
Unfortunately, as a group here, it’s real disappointing. You feel like you deserve a better fate. But at the end of the day, this league doesn’t hand out wins to people or teams that don’t deserve it.
Reimer, on his 21-save opening frame:
As a goaltender, you’re just there to give your team a chance to win. You’re gonna face 40 or ten, you want to be able to make saves and making them when it counts.
David Quinn, on the San Jose Sharks’ first period:
Well, for five minutes, we played honest hockey. For the next 15, we didn’t.
Let’s not fool ourselves into thinking what happened here. Let’s be honest with our evaluation. We stopped playing with the desire and enthusiasm and with the grit that we were playing [with] early on.
We just started watching people. The safest place in the building in the first period was in front of our net.
I thought that changed in the second and third period with a much better job getting into people, taking away time and space. That’s not easy to do. Give our guys a ton of credit.
Quinn, on Erik Karlsson’s backcheck on the Drew Doughty goal (SJHN note: Karlsson had played 2:33 over three shifts in that 3:47 stretch where Meier tied the game, but Gabriel Vilardi and Doughty answered back):
We go to 5 D. Erik’s done an unbelievable job. It was just blown coverage, just being patient in a situation. And we didn’t do it.
Quinn says Harrington is an upper-body injury that occurred at the end of the first period. Didn't have any other information besides that
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