San Jose Sharks: Defense in Need of an Upgrade

Posted: 28th November 2009 by Andy Bensch in NHL
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Despite squeaking out a 5-4 shootout victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday, the San Jose Sharks experienced many of the same problems that enabled the Chicago Blackhawks to embarrass them on their home ice just two days prior.

Poor defensive coverage and lack of hustle allowed the injury-plagued and bottom-feeding Oilers to take two different leads in the contest.

After the Sharks opened the scoring in the first period on Patrick Marleau's goal, San Jose once again got complacent.

While seemingly running through the motions, the Sharks saw their 1-0 lead evaporate in the middle of the second period when Dan Boyle's dump in attempt was blocked at the blue line.

Oilers center Ryan Potulny was then off to the races but it seemed as if Sharks center Joe ...

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