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Sharks Locker Room: Eklund Talks Penalty Shot Goal, Quinn on Burning Year Off Eklund’s Contract



The San Jose Sharks played the likely playoff-bound Seattle Kraken tough again.

Three weeks after they upset the Kraken with a 4-0 shutout at SAP Center – the Sharks’ last win at home – San Jose battled Seattle but fell for the eighth straight time at home, a 2-1 overtime loss.

James Reimer spoke on trying to end the season “with integrity.”

William Eklund told us what he saw on his penalty shot goal and what prompted his crowd-pleasing celly.

Head coach David Quinn talked about why he put Eklund on the penalty kill and burning a year off the 20-year-old’s contract by keeping him with the San Jose Sharks for the rest of the year.

James Reimer, on if the San Jose Sharks have made a point of playing hockey the right way the rest of the season, despite where they are in the standings:

We’ve been saying it for a little bit here ever since the Trade Deadline. We know the position we’re in.

But at the end of the day, we’re competitors and we take pride in our job and playing with integrity. I think that’s something you really have to lean on now.

That shows a lot about who you are as a person, when maybe the exterior or external motivations aren’t there — we all came into the season with one goal — it’s are you going to look at the man in the mirror, look at the face, and know that he did what he could to support his teammate.

Reimer, on Eklund:

Ever since I saw him for the first time [last year], I thought this kid is special, just the way he plays, the way he sees the ice, the way he can move. He’s just a little water bug out there.

William Eklund, on what he saw on his penalty shot goal:

Just trying to find my spot…it was good this time.

Eklund, on what was going through his mind when he tried to get the crowd going with his celly:

I just wanted everybody to stand on their feet, to be honest.

David Quinn, on putting Eklund on the penalty kill:

He’s smart and quick. I feel like I’m running those four [main penalty-killing] forwards into the ground. So to give [Couture] and those guys, Lorentz and Sturm and Oskar a little bit of a breather, and I think [Gregor] can kill too, it just gives us a little more depth and gives them more responsibility.

Quinn, on keeping Eklund with the San Jose Sharks for the rest of the season, and burning a year off his contract:

It’s a question for above me. Certainly making the case for it. Whether it will happen or not, it’s out of my hands.

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