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Sharks Locker Room: Bonino Says San Jose Wasn’t ‘Overwhelmed’, Quinn Breaks Down Collapse



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In a season of unimaginable defeats, the San Jose Sharks found a new, even more painful way to lose tonight.

Up 4-2 over the Carolina Hurricanes after a Mario Ferraro empty net goal with 1:52 left in regulation, the Sharks surrendered the tying goal with 12 seconds left in the game, then lost it in OT.

After the game, Mikey Eyssimont talked about how much he loves playing for the San Jose Sharks despite a season of heartbreaking losses, Nick Bonino discusses the “interesting faceoff” (his words) that led to Carolina’s tying goal, and head coach David Quinn breaks down his team’s strong effort and eventual collapse.

Mikey Eyssimont, on the emotional rollercoaster tonight and what he’s seen as a newcomer in the San Jose Sharks room:

My perspective, since I’ve been here, I’ve loved playing for this team, I’ve loved playing for the coaches, and we just don’t get the bounces and it sucks. I think it just comes down to us believing in ourselves in those last 15-20 seconds of the game. But like I said, I love this group, top to bottom, and there’s a lot of games left.

Eyssimont, on his assist on Bonino’s goal:

Towards the end of my shift, I’m looking to go for a change, but the responsible play is to stay out there and take the wide ice until I can find a good chance to change. I stayed in my lane, luckily, I was able to pick off a poor play by their player. And Bones came screaming down the middle. I just chipped it to him, he did the rest.

Eyssimont, on his goal:

Good movement on the power play, our power play ends. We continue to move the puck and there’s a couple of good screens in front of the net. You shoot 20 of those a season, one of them finally goes in.

Nick Bonino, on competing toe to toe against the Cup-contending Hurricanes:

It doesn’t matter. We’ve gone toe to toe with everyone this year.

Bonino, on if the Sharks were overwhelmed by the PNC Arena home environment in the end:

I don’t know if it’s overwhelmed. Some of the guys in this room have played in some pretty big situations before.

Bonino, on why the faceoff leading to the Canes’ tying goal was problematic:

Seemed like it didn’t hit the ice. But it happens quick, what do I know?

See David Quinn’s interview here

David Quinn, on tonight’s game:

Listen, we’ve had a season of incredibly disappointing losses. I just loved the way we played for most of the game. It was a really good effort by our guys.

Just a complete blown coverage on their third goal, got to protect the middle of the rink, we don’t do it. And the fourth one, the puck never touches the ice on the drop. They shoot it from the corner, hits the side of the net, goes right to Aho on the side. It was not a blown coverage, it was just them throwing the puck at net.

Quinn, on if the third goal was a result of the San Jose Sharks letting their guard down after the Ferraro empty netter:

No letdown. (laughs ruefully) Just not protecting the middle of the rink. We should have gone and just established our forecheck. They still had the goalie in. Just go and play the way we had Been. And we didn’t. We backed off instead of going and playing hockey. We’re outside the dots. Both D have to be inside the dots and we weren’t. To give up a breakaway like that is really frustrating.

Quinn, on Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who missed tonight’s game:

Yeah, it was an illness.

If he feels better, he’ll play [tomorrow against the Pittsburgh Penguins].

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