ANAHEIM -- First he blistered their ears. Then he had them knock each other around on the ice a lot more than usual, because he didn't see much battle in their one-sided loss the night before.
Sharks coach Todd McLellan was just as upset Sunday as he was Saturday night, when his Sharks were outplayed badly in a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. And he made his point in multiple ways.
"We didn't work too hard last night. We didn't commit ourselves, so we'll try it in practice and see if we can convert that into a game-time thing tomorrow night," McLellan said, setting up Monday night's game against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center.
Before taking the ice, McLellan got everyone's attention with a high-volume critique of San Jose's effort against the defending Stanley Cup champions.
"He wasn't happy, and nobody in here is going to be upset that we got yelled at," forward Adam Burish said. "We're adults. We're pros. You know if you did your job or you didn't. Sometimes you deserve a little ass-kicking, and then you move on. Guys handled it, guys responded."
On the ice, it looked more like training camp than the second half of the season. Players hammered away at each other in one-on-one drills along the boards. If there were refs, more than a few players might have been sent to the box for cross-checking.
"It was good today," Burish said. "At the time, it's hard and it sucks, but when it's done you feel good about the work you put in."
McLellan made it clear he would rather see that compete level in games, not practices. But after reviewing video of his team's performance, he said he felt he had to start somewhere.
"I just kind of got hit in the first," Clowe said. "Finished the first period but didn't think it was smart to go back."
Clowe didn't skate Sunday and wasn't sure of his chances of playing against Anaheim.
"We'll see how it feels tomorrow," he said. "I don't really know the odds."
"It will be a reflection on their play, but there are others that could come out and it would also reflect on their play," the coach said. "Who's available to go in and what roles they can fill come into play."