So David Quinn was sending William Eklund a message.
On Tuesday night against the Florida Panthers, after back-to-back Eklund and Fabian Zetterlund turnovers led to Ryan Lomberg’s game-opening score with 7:26 left in the first period, the San Jose Sharks’ first-line winger’s next shift was five minutes later…on the fourth line. In between, Mike Hoffman had taken Eklund’s place next to Zetterlund and Tomas Hertl on the top line.
But at the start of the second period, Eklund was back with his regular linemates.
“There was a message,” Quinn said on Wednesday. “We talked about it in between periods.”
The message was about more than the turnover that led to the Lomberg goal.
And Eklund received it loud and clear.
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