NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Sharks Coach Todd McLellan said Saturday he got a phone call from Minnesota Wild Coach Mike Yeo apologizing for his comments after a 3-1 loss in San Jose on Thursday night.

Yeo had accused San Jose of embellishing penalties.

"In fairness to him, it can be a very emotional time after a game for a coach," McLellan said after a morning skate in preparation for the Sharks' game Saturday night against the Nashville Predators. "I know I've been in that situation before. Once you say something it's hard to take it back, but I appreciate him reaching out and clarifying that."

All three San Jose goals against Minnesota came with the man advantage and Yeo complained about the Sharks ability to get the calls that gave them seven power plays that game.

"It must be nice to draw penalties like that," Yeo said after the game. "The other team goes stick on puck and you just kind of hold your head. Make sure you look at the first penalty. Because to me, that's embarrassing. I don't know. I guess we've got to ask our players to embellish more."

The first penalty sent Wild forward Justin Fontaine off the ice for high-sticking Brad Stuart. The Sharks scored 40 second later.

"I don't know, I don't feel like I embellished it," Stuart said. "The fact of the matter is he hit me. I don't really care what he thinks, to be honest with you. We got the penalty and it was a penalty."

McLellan noted that Stuart has played more than 960 games in the NHL and never has been penalized for embellishing.


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"I think that speaks volumes of his character," McLellan said. "Our team alone, I believe since 2010, we've had one of those calls, which puts us right at the very bottom of the league. So, we take pride in not playing that way, and I do appreciate Mike reaching out and acknowledging that he probably overstepped his means, if you will."

— The Sharks will be shooting against one of their former prospects Saturday night as Carter Hutton will be in net for the Predators. With Pekka Rinne injured, Hutton is playing his third consecutive game after beating both the New York Rangers and Dallas Stars. His stats for December, which include one period in relief, show a .972 save percentage and a 0.87 goals against average.

Hutton played 22 games for the Worcester Sharks in 2010-11 and was forward Tommy Wingels' roommate that year.

-- Forward James Sheppard appears to be back on the fourth line with Andrew Desjardins and Marty Havlat after the Sharks reassigned Freddie Hamilton to Worcester on Friday.

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