Sharks' coach preaches intensity

San Jose Sharks'  Antti Niemi is shown after allowing three goals from the Detroit Red Wings during...

San Jose Sharks' Antti Niemi is shown after allowing three goals from the Detroit Red Wings during Game 4. (REUTERS/Rebecca Cook)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:18 PM ET

SAN JOSE - Todd McLellan didnt read the riot act to the Sharks Saturday.

It was an easy day, said McLellan. I didnt have to tell them a lot, I showed them a lot.

It wasnt pretty.

The Sharks arrived home early Saturday after a 4-3 loss to the Wings in Game 4 of the Western semi-final Friday at the Joe Louis Arena and McLellan sent a message the effort has to be better if they dont want to return to Detroit.

We werent close enough. We werent good enough to win that game (Friday) and we probably werent good enough in Game 3 (Wednesday) as well, said McLellan. I thought the gap got a little wider in Game 4 and we have to close it.

(The Wings) intensity level went up and we didnt meet it. They did a lot of good things in our zone, throwing pucks at the net and getting second opportunities. Those are things we were doing well in Game 1 and Game 2 and weve got to get back to do some of that ourselves.


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