ANAHEIM -- Speed kills on the hockey rink, too. Just ask the Sharks.
San Jose's troubled season continued Monday night as the Sharks gave up three goals to the Anaheim Ducks over a span of less than three minutes of the second period en route to a 5-3 loss. The defeat left the Sharks with only one victory in their last seven games and extended their road losing streak to five.
"I thought we took a tight-checking game and turned it into a track meet," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said, "and that certainly doesn't favor us."
Sharks scoring came from Jason Demers, Patrick Marleau and Matt Irwin, and Anaheim got two goals from Francois Beauchemin and one each from Peter Holland, Emerson Etem and Ryan Getzlaf.
San Jose was looking to bounce back after a poor outing 48 hours earlier against the Los Angeles Kings. And while the effort was better against the Ducks, it wasn't much consolation.
"That doesn't put points in the bank," McLellan said. "That doesn't help us climb the standings."
The Ducks took a 1-0 lead in the first period when Beauchemin beat Sharks goalie Antti Niemi after a 3-on-1 rush when Demers was distracted by Ducks forward Brad Staubitz and Joe Thornton picked the wrong time for a line change. Demers tried to make up for that when he knotted the score at 19:02 with a 56-foot slap shot that eluded Anaheim goalie Viktor Fasth.
Those three Anaheim goals in the second period -- Holland benefiting from tic-tac-toe passing at 11:09, Etem scoring 34 seconds later on a perfect feed from Daniel Winnik, and a short-handed tally by Getzlaf at 13:55 -- put San Jose in a 4-1 hole.
McLellan said all three went beyond defensive zone breakdowns, starting with Holland's.
"It's one versus three at the blue line, and we're tired and we want to dangle," the coach said. "We turn it over, they get a 70-foot pass up ice for a 3-on-1. That has nothing to do with d-zone, that's just stupidity. In the next one, we're backchecking, again we have a bad pinch and they turn it into a track meet. That's a full 100-foot goal. The short-handed one? A blocked shot and then we get outskated again."
San Jose edged back into the game when Marleau scored with 29 seconds left in the second period, then narrowed the gap to one goal at 6:48 of the third when Irwin's shot glanced into the net off Getzlaf's skate. Beauchemin's second goal went into an empty net at 19:14.
When Plattner announced Jan. 30 that he was increasing his majority interest in Sharks Sports and Entertainment by purchasing shares held by Kevin Compton and Stratton Sclavos, the German high-tech entrepreneur said he would continue their past practice of not commenting publicly about the team. All hockey questions were to be directed to general manager Doug Wilson.
At the time, the Sharks were 6-0-0; since then, San Jose has a 6-10-6 record after Monday night's loss.
In an email exchange, Plattner acknowledged Monday that "the facts are the facts" when it comes to wins and losses but declined to comment beyond that. Asked about accountability for players, coaches and the general manager, he again said all questions should be directed to Wilson.
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