DETROIT — San Jose players continue to contend that the “snow showers” Wings goalie Jimmy Howard has gotten often through the first two games of their series have not been done intentionally.
Sharks coach Todd McLellan said he would address his team about them.
“I have no time for gimmicks or circus acts or anything like that,” McLellan said. “We’ll address it with our players. My feedback from them is there’s no intent. We are going to the blue paint. No one’s going to take that away from us. We’re going to stop in the blue paint and we’re going to stand there and nothing’s going to change moving forward. I guess we have to be a little more cautious of where we stop in that blue paint, but that’s not changing.”
Forward Joe Pavelski said, “I don’t know if it’s a penalty. If you come in and the puck’s been there for a long time it’s unsportsmanlike conduct, but I don’t think that’s been the case. I don’t think it’s a big deal. We just keep going hard to the net when the puck’s there, there’s nothing to call.
“You can see their guys spraying (Antti Niemi),” Pavelski continued. “As we’re going they’re coming to stop and trying to have net play. I think Nemo’s probably been sprayed a few times, too. It happened in the first round, it’s happened here and it’s probably going to happen again.”