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Sharks Locker Room: Svechnikov on Fleury Clash, Quinn Wants Team To Stand Up For Itself More

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The San Jose Sharks probably deserved better, but…

Well, we’ve been saying that all year, and we saw it again in a 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild that was a lot closer than the scoreboard suggests.

Erik Karlsson talked about breaking Brent Burns’s franchise record for most points by a defenseman in a single season and if the Sharks need to add some heavyweights.

Evgeny Svechnikov shares his side of what happened between he and Marc-Andre Fleury.

David Quinn talks about benching Svechnikov and the need for the San Jose Sharks to address the opposition taking liberties on them.

Erik Karlsson, on if he’ll tease Brent Burns after breaking Burns’s San Jose Sharks record for most points by a defenseman in a single season:

I don’t know if I’ll tease him. (smiles) Again, it is what it is. I think we’ve done a fairly good job here for the most part of the season. I think it’s been tough the last few weeks. Hopefully, we can just keep building on the things that we want to build on moving forward.

Karlsson, on if teams have taken liberties on the San Jose Sharks this season:

No, not really. We don’t really have anyone that’s gonna go out and fight…Foligno and Reaves and those guys. I think they know that. Let the ref police it, leave it at that.

Karlsson, if the Sharks need to add guys who can take on the heavyweights:

No, you don’t have to fight in this league anymore. It’s been pretty clear that they’ve been trying to get rid of that.

Karlsson, on where Eklund’s game has grown most from last season:

Spending some time down with the Barracuda has helped him acclimate a little bit better to the ice surface and the pace of the game.

But it’s a good experience and learning curve for him to be here right now. Get a good opportunity to play the minutes that we’re going to need him to play in the future.

Evgeny Svechnikov, on what transpired between he and Marc-Andre Fleury:

Just playing the game. Playing hockey, you know? It’s frustrating. But I don’t think I did anything wrong.

The goalie comes out in front of me and I’m playing my game. He takes my stick, I kind of let it go, and [it happens] again.

And then, their guy comes in hard on me. I kind of let it go. I go play my game in front of the net, comes again, grabs my stick.

I don’t think I’ve done anything crazy to get in the box, especially by myself.

But it is what it is. It’s just frustrating. So much I can say, but I’m not going to say. It’s tough. I think it could have gone differently…Have to move on.

David Quinn, on if this was William Eklund’s most impactful offensive performance so far, and how nice it is to see the Tomas Hertl line creating so many scoring chances in the last two games:

There were a lot of good things that happened tonight. And certainly, he had a really good game. A lot of guys had good nights.

It’s disappointing to get the result we got.

Quinn, on Svechnikov playing only one shift after getting into it with Fleury:

I wasn’t happy. It was a bad penalty.

Quinn, on what he saw on the Svechnikov penalty:

Can’t get in the crease. Get involved with the goalie.

Quinn, on if he feels other teams have taken liberties on the San Jose Sharks this year and if that needs to be addressed long-term:

Yes. 100 percent.

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