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Preview/Lines #27: Addison Agrees With His Benching, Kane To Make Red Wings Debut



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Calen Addison owned up to the mistakes which led to David Quinn benching him for the final 10 minutes of Saturday’s comeback victory against the New York Islanders.

“I totally agree with it,” the 23-year-old defenseman told San Jose Hockey Now in Detroit yesterday. “I think I gotta just simplify, make harder plays, and pick my spots for offense and making risky plays.

“I just get myself in trouble and try to do too much, and obviously, I sat down and the team came back, so it was awesome.”

Addison was acquired from the Minnesota Wild last month, in part, to help a struggling San Jose Sharks’ power play, but he watched from the bench as the team came back.

Addison said there was a handful of different plays that could have contributed to the benching. This one stood out.

Addison (33) was slow to recognize Mike Reilly (2), short-handed, jumping off the bench and to the top of the slot.

He could only sprawl helplessly a few feet away from Reilly as a Simon Holmstrom (10) pass slid by him and into the wheelhouse of Reilly.

“Every goal has breakdowns and mistakes, that one included, so I think I just have to make a harder play on the wall in the offensive zone on the power play,” Addison said. “I have to come back to the zone with my head on a swivel and not get puck-focused and watch that guy coming off the bench. Make a desperation block or something before it’s too late.”

Addison played just one shift after this back-breaker, notably missing the 6-on-5 where the Sharks scored twice to knot the game at four apiece.

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William Eklund would score in OT to give the San Jose Sharks a thrilling 5-4 victory.

The next morning, he sat down, watched his mistakes on video, and is ready to get back into the lineup tonight against the Detroit Red Wings.

“I’m a competitor and I want to be at my best every game and everyday. I take any criticism as positively as I can,” he said. “It’s part of the game, it’s part of learning, so for me, I just look at it, talk about it, and move on.”

“Listen, he’s going to be a very good player, but he’s got to make sure that he understands consequences out there,” Quinn said on Tuesday. “He’s done a lot of good things for us, but just don’t think tonight was his night.”



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