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 didn’t read the riot act to the Sharks Saturday.

“It was an easy day,” said McLellan. “I didn’t have to tell them a lot, I showed them a lot.”

It wasn’t 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 don’t want to return to Detroit.

“We weren’t close enough. We weren’t good enough to win that game (Friday) and we probably weren’t 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 didn’t 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 we’ve got to get back to do some of that ourselves.”


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