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Two shots is good for Wilson

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 10:36 AM ET

SAN JOSE -- Ron Wilson has never matched Craig MacTavish's stunning hook of Jussi Markkanen Friday night.

In a very colourful conversation yesterday afternoon in the bowels of the San Jose Shark's practice facility, Wilson admits he has been tempted to pull a goalie after the first shot becomes a goal, but he has never done it.

"I have done it after two shots," said the Sharks head coach. "I always give the guy two shots."

After failing to stop Ryan Getzlaf's deflected point shot on Friday night, Markkanen was yanked from the Edmonton Oilers' net just 1:18 into the game against the Anaheim Ducks.

"Goalies hate that, but you know, you have other people," continued Wilson.

"The goalie is not ready - what are you going to do? Throw the game away?

"Imagine if the coach stood behind the bench and didn't make a change like the first six changes. (And then says) 'Oh, sorry guys, I wasn't ready. I am having a bad night.'"

SHORT HITS: Young Oilers defenceman Danny Syvret could be in for another long game tonight.

After being victimized by Corey Perry and the high-powered Ducks to the tune of a minus-three rating, Syvret will likely face Bill Guerin, Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski on the Sharks' second line.

And while Guerin has failed to score since being acquired by the Sharks at the trade deadline, there seems to be a rather good reason.

"The problem has been he has been with two linemates who haven't practiced," said Wilson. "(Yesterday) was the first practice that Patty and Pavelski have been in in almost three weeks.

"You can't create chemistry by just stepping on the ice and playing without even practising."

FINISH LINES: With a 5 p.m. local start tonight, the Oilers will be able to fly to Los Angeles after the game. There is an 11 p.m. curfew in San Jose for aviation travel.


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