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Sharks Locker Room: Quinn Defends Ferraro, Couture Has Hope

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The San Jose Sharks hung tough with the NHL-best Boston Bruins, but they weren’t able to come out on top, dropping a 4-2 decision.

After the game, captain Logan Couture spoke on the power play outage, his takeaways from the team through 41 games, and why he thinks the Sharks have a run in them in the second half.

Goaltender James Reimer assesses his first half of play.

San Jose Sharks head coach David Quinn defends, without any prompting, Mario Ferraro’s performance tonight. He also talks about the difference between the Sharks and the Bruins, and if the second power play unit needs to get better.

Logan Couture, on what the San Jose Sharks power play struggled with tonight:

A few of the early [power plays], we didn’t get in the zone very well. At least our first unit. That was on me.

Couture, on his big takeaway of the team through the first half:

A lot of close losses. The optimist says we’re right in games. The pessimist says we’ve only won 12. Losing sucks. We’ve lost too many games here for the last couple of years. It’s tough.

Couture, on why he thinks the San Jose Sharks could make a second half run:

Just because we’re in every game. There’s optimism in that aspect of I know that every guy in this room is going to work extremely hard every single night and give everything that they have.

For me, I choose to look at it that we’re extremely close in these games and a goal here or there and we win it. We just got to find a way to do that.

James Reimer, on his first half:

I think…let’s call it good.

I’ve played some really good games and I’ve had some games where I underperformed and some games where I was just good.

There’s ebbs and flows to the season. I hope that in the last half of the season, I can settle into a really consistent basis where I’m giving this team above-average goaltending every night. First half’s been good, but I really want the second half to be great.

David Quinn defends Mario Ferraro’s performance:

I give Mario Ferraro a lot of credit. He was sick as a dog all day long. Tried to compete for it. He was almost in tears, leaving. I feel bad for him because he’s a competitor.

Quinn, on difference between the San Jose Sharks and Boston:

We’re going through a process. You got to go through adversity before you achieve your ultimate goal. We certainly are going through our fair share of it right now.

I love coaching this team. These guys, they come to work everyday. They do what we ask them to do. They stick together. It’s just a great group to coach. We’re gonna get through this.

Quinn, on if he needs more from his second power play unit:

We need more out of both units. They don’t get a lot of time, in fairness to them. It’s usually a change. It’s a little disjointed. So in fairness to them, rarely is [their shift] off a faceoff, which gives you a much better chance to have some success.

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