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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:58 am 
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After having their eight-game win streak snapped, the San Jose Sharks want to improve their focus. The lowly St. Louis Blues have shown more focus on the road for some reason.

The Sharks look to bounce back from a lopsided loss Wednesday night when they try to hand the visiting Blues a season-high sixth straight defeat and second under interim coach Davis Payne.

San Jose (27-9-7) gave up three goals late in the first period and the first six overall in a 6-2 loss to Los Angeles on Monday. Evgeni Nabokov(notes) was pulled after allowing five goals on 16 shots in the first two periods.

“It’s a prime example that you need two aspects to your game,” coach Todd McLellan said. “You better be there physically and you better be there mentally. Physically we were fine. But the mental mistakes were unacceptable. I don’t know where everybody’s heads were.”

The Sharks had not allowed a power-play goal in their opponents’ previous 29 chances before the Kings scored three times on five opportunities.

“We were a little off in a lot of areas tonight,” center Patrick Marleau(notes) said. “We made some mistakes on penalty kill, taking penalties and they exploited it. Our game was slipping a little bit and that was a wake-up call.”

Marleau and Douglas Murray(notes) each scored for the second straight game with meaningless third-period tallies. The Sharks were trying to win nine straight for the first time since Nov. 13-Dec. 4, 2008.

St. Louis (17-18-6) is starting a three-game trip under Payne, who replaced Andy Murray before Saturday’s 6-3 home loss to Chicago. The Blues reached the playoffs for the first time in four seasons in 2008-09 but have stumbled to produce an NHL-low six home wins this season.

“There’s work to be done,” said Payne, elevated from the team’s AHL club in Peoria, Ill. “It hurts in any language, in any league. It’s disappointing.”

The Blues have excelled on the road with an 11-4-3 mark, including a 3-2 shootout win at San Jose on Dec. 3. They’ve given up nearly one goal per game more at home, and they yielded 19 goals in an 0-3-1 homestand that ended Saturday.

“This is Game 1 for me,” Payne said. “What’s gone on in the past, certainly the more you dwell, the more you kind of lose traction. We simply need to focus on how we’re going to gain traction.”

Davis Backes, named to the U.S. Olympic team Friday, has no goals in his last seven games and nine for the season. Backes was second on the Blues with 31 last season.

“It’s a new coach, but it’s the same guys on the ice,” Backes said. “I don’t know how he’s going to motivate or what he’s going to do, but it’s not all him, we need to make changes and stick to game plans.”

The teams have split two meetings in 2009-10, with San Jose posting a 3-1 road victory Nov. 14 as Nabokov made 38 saves. Nabokov is 6-0-2 with a 1.82 goals-against average in his last eight starts against the Blues.

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Blues are playing poorly, headed to the road against an elite NHL team... no reason to expect anything good. Hence...

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I have a good feeling about this trip. Payne has had a few days to work with the guys and let them know what he wants on the ice. I can only imagine that the atmosphere in the locker room is much improved. I honestly can't wait to watch tonight. If we play with energy and attack the puch I see no reason why we can't get 4 or 5 points out of this west coast swing.

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I don't like Yahoo sport writers...but none the less

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I just hope the NHL network taped their commercial for the game weeks ago because they said "the Blues led by Keith Tkachuk head out west to try and take a bite out of the Sharks".

I don't think Walt will be biting anything for 6 weeks or so.

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It's funny, because all I wanted them to do was fire the coach, and now that it's happened I still can't really manage to muster up any enthusiasm for this team.

I'm not expecting much. I hope to be pleasantly surprised.

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It's funny, because all I wanted them to do was fire the coach, and now that it's happened I still can't really manage to muster up any enthusiasm for this team.

I'm not expecting much. I hope to be pleasantly surprised.


WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU!

I finally feel excited that I can root for this team to win more than half-heartedly again. I think Payne will start to turn things around. I don't know if it will be against the Sharks, though.

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“This is Game 1 for me,” Payne said.


:plusplus:

I think the Blues got a shot tonight. Payne actually had more than 12 hours to prepare the team, and most importantly, we're on the road!

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Sharks 2

I'll say it goes to OT/SO again.

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“This is Game 1 for me,” Payne said.


No wait, best 2 out of 3...

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Nothing says "Welcome to the NHL" like a 1 - 2 punch of Chicago and San Jose.

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Time to HEATLEY Heatley's team!

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Time to HEATLEY Heatley's team!

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I was thinking about going to this game and chose not to because watching the Blues get beat in person after having paid money for it and taken a train all the way the (Frank) down to San Jose was just going to piss me off.

Here's to them proving me wrong.

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The heartless Sharks are usually the cure to a lollygagging Blues team.

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Tonight, the ship rights itself and begins to corrects course.

Blues 5
Sharks 3

Payne had time to get the guys playing the way he would like to see them play, and the way we would like to see them play--physically punishing, drive to the net, slam it in their faces hockey. The scoring will be turned on and of course I'll be fast asleep because I have to frikken wake up for work at 5:30.

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Time for a good old (Frank) you to Comcast for not including the NHL Network in our cable package...

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Time for a good old (Frank) you to Comcast for not including the NHL Network in our cable package...

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Blacked out in the area anyway.

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