Execution, not effort, irks Wilson

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 5:05 PM ET


 SAN JOSE -- Ron Wilson refused to question his team's effort.

 The misguided passes, sure. The lack of execution, you bet. The inability to follow the game plan, absolutely. But not the effort.

 "I hate that word, effort," said the Sharks head coach in the postmortem following last night's 4-1 loss to the Flames.

 "That makes it sound like you're not trying. We were spinning our wheels and weren't in sync. A lot of credit has to go to Calgary but we have to fault ourselves for not generating enough and not being committed enough to drive to the net, put the puck in places where we could hunt it down."

 Now Wilson and his team find themselves down 2-0 in the best-of-seven Western Conference final to a team that's holding all the momentum and heading home.

 "We've dug a heck of a hole for ourselves," Wilson said. "But it's not impossible to get out.

 "We have to play a lot better than we did tonight, try to recapture the style of play that made us successful in the first two rounds and actually, in terms of how we played in the first game."

 A big thing would be attacking with ferocity.

 "We were going up the ice in like three rows instead of doubling up on people," Wilson said. "It was pretty evident right off the bat."

 Of course, falling behind 20 seconds into a game and then being down a pair before the first period is complete doesn't help.

 "We just need to prepare better," said defenceman Brad Stuart. "They're going to come at us a little more than we were used to in the first two series. We've got to adjust to that and we haven't really done that."

 Adjustments may include changes, although goalie Evgeni Nabokov will start Game 3, Wilson said.

 "I'm not going to do anything like that," Wilson said about changing netminders.


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