Sharks adjusting to life without power-play ‘quarterback’ Boyle

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The San Jose Sharks may be 2-0-0, and they may not have even surrendered a goal yet — but that doesn’t mean everything’s gone perfectly so far this season.

Take the power play, which was the exact opposite of perfect in San Jose’s 3-0 defeat of the Jets on Saturday. The Sharks finished that game 0-for-8, garnering just six shots, with the man advantage.

After a significant offseason personnel change, Sharks coach Todd McLellan isn’t predicting a quick fix.

“It’s going to take us awhile to work on small nuances,” he said, per CSN Bay Area. “The biggest change for us is the quarterback that controlled it isn’t there, as much as anything.”

The Sharks’ former “quarterback” is, of course, defenseman Dan Boyle, now a member of the New York Rangers. Boyle had 18 power-play points last season, tops among the team’s d-men.


Against the Jets, Brent Burns led all San Jose d-men in power-play ice time (7:29), followed by Jason Demers (7:09).

San Jose is in Washington tonight to take on a Caps team that’s a perfect 9-for-9 on the penalty kill this season.