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Sharks Locker Room: Couture Talks San Jose Getting ‘Outworked’, Quinn on Taking Barabanov Off Power Play



The San Jose Sharks got run out of their own building tonight.

The Edmonton Oilers put up seven on San Jose, skating away with a 7-1 rout.

Captain Logan Couture addressed the Sharks’ dismal 4-12-6 record at SAP Center and how San Jose was outworked tonight. Matt Benning spoke on ex-teammate Connor McDavid’s dominance. Head coach David Quinn talked about how the Sharks just didn’t have it, elevating Mikey Eyssimont to the top line, and taking Alexander Barabanov off the power play.

Logan Couture, on the San Jose Sharks’ home record:

That’s disappointing because you know these fans obviously mean a lot to a lot of us in the room, guys that have been here for a while. You want to win at home, you want to win in front of the fans, you want to win in front of your family. So it’s tough.

Couture, on if the Sharks lacked pride tonight:

I wouldn’t say a lack of pride. I just think the game got away from us. Too many shifts where it snowballed and we made mistakes, ended up in the back of our net. When you get down three or four goals, you want to go out and you want to make a difference in the game. It’s human nature to try and do too much. Maybe we [were] doing that tonight.

But we got to compete obviously way harder. They beat us with hard work and they were harder around our net. Around their net, we didn’t get a lot of great looks. When we did, we didn’t bear down.

I wouldn’t say it was a lack of pride. I just think the game got away from us. But we certainly did get outworked, which is unacceptable. And we talked about that between the second and third. I don’t think we made a big improvement in the third, I thought there was maybe a slight improvement. But we know to a man here that’s just not good enough, close to good enough. We need to be a lot better.

Couture, on his belief that the San Jose Sharks’ work ethic will bounce back:

If you don’t, fall into the rut of just accepting games like this, then that’s when things get ugly. I know that won’t happen here. We’re too proud of our style of play and that is hard work. We’re going to show up and get back to work and play a hard game on Monday. Starts with obviously our leaders, I need to be a lot better.

Matt Benning, on if he takes any solace from getting an assist tonight after a tough loss:

Doesn’t matter. I gave up way too much.

Benning, on if ex-Edmonton Oilers teammate Connor McDavid is better now than ever:

This is what year eight or nine for him now? Whatever it is, and no one’s been able to figure out how to defend him.

He finds ways to get it done. He’s quick, he does it all. He was good tonight. I’m gonna take responsibility. I gotta know when he’s out there. Make better plays with the puck. Can’t let those guys have those opportunities.

David Quinn, on how the San Jose Sharks were bad in every facet of the game tonight except for one:

We just stunk. We stunk on the power play. We stunk on the penalty kill. We stunk 5-on-5. The forwards stunk. The defensemen stunk. The only thing that didn’t stink was our goalie. That hasn’t happened all year. Over 82 games, something like this is gonna happen.

Quinn, on if the Sharks were deflated by a usually-strong penalty kill giving up early goals:

No, when you give up two goals early, it deflates you a little bit. I wouldn’t point just to the penalty kill. We had a power play earlier, that can deflate you too, when the power play doesn’t do what it should.

Quinn, on the decision to elevate Mikey Eyssimont to the top line and move Kevin Labanc to the third line:

Yeah, just move things around. Haven’t loved what that line was looking like. Just a move we made.

Quinn, on taking Alexander Barabanov off the power play in the third period:

It was just a decision that I made at that time.

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