Wilson saw loss coming

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:02 PM ET


 SAN JOSE -- The first strike took nearly seven minutes.

 About five minutes after Ron Wilson first sensed trouble.

 On a night when pretty much everything went wrong for the Sharks, it didn't take long for the San Jose head coach to see it coming.

 "Two minutes into the game," Wilson said of last night's 3-0 defeat. "I could see everything.

 "You would expect people would see what was going on and simplify everything but we started the same way we did in Games 1 and 2.

 "A shift or two in, we're not dumping the puck, turn it over at the offensive blueline and putting our defence on their heels."

 Then it got worse for the hosts, who were booed off the ice by the 17,496 at the HP Pavilion.

 Calgary's first goal came because Jarome Iginla intercepted Vincent Damphousse's weak cross-ice pass.

 The third goal, Craig Conroy's, happened because Kyle McLaren first failed to keep the puck in the offensive zone and then gave up on the ensuing rush -- not that he would have caught up to the Flames centre.

 "You could ask the same questions and I can give you the same answers as after Game 2," Wilson said. "Where that performance came from, I really have no idea.

 "It wasn't one or two guys, it was almost the whole team struggling. You have to give Calgary some credit but we really did a pretty good job of shooting ourselves in the foot with some elementary mistakes.

 "We weren't going to score tonight," he continued. "You could almost sense that after halfway through the second period that we just didn't have, it seemed, the energy to mount much of an attack."

 There are some saving graces for the Sharks, who'll look to tie the best-of-seven series tomorrow night in Calgary.

 For starters, the visiting team has managed to win every game of this Western Conference final.


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