San Jose Sharks Get Back To Basics, Snap Five-Game Skid

December 18th, 2009 by Andy Bensch Leave a reply »
From youth hockey to the NHL, when a team is struggling, almost every hockey coach will stress the three basics to winning hockey. Move your feet, shoot the puck and drive the net. Sometimes, it's almost as simple as that.

The San Jose Sharks were riding a 0-2-3 win-less streak heading into Thursday's contest against the Ducks but four days off prior to the game might have been just what the doctor ordered.

Despite starting each period in a rather sluggish fashion, the Sharks were able to turn on the pressure and finished off each period playing their best hockey all month.

Towards the end of the opening period the Sharks drew their second power-play of the night and pummeled Anaheim net-minder Jean Sebastian-Giguere with seven shots on that single man-advantage.

While that particular power-play opportunity didn't provide a goal, it gave the Sharks some momentum heading in the middle period.

In that middle frame is where the three basic keys to successful hockey were most evident. On Joe Thornton's goal that opened the scoring of 9:15 of the second period, all three keys were displayed. Devin Setoguchi was moving his feet ...

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