The San Jose Sharks beat up on the Anaheim Ducks over the weekend, and it's safe to say that the Ducks weren't too happy with their performance after the game. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle decided to lambaste his opponent for running up the score as one of the reasons why his team lost such a lopsided decision.
Why did he go that route, exactly? Because the Sharks weren't convinced a 5-0 lead in the second period was enough.
Carlyle's talking about a 5-on-3 situation in the latter stages of the second period, a time of the game where there are roughly 25 minutes of hockey still to be played.
Say the Ducks score shorthanded and then, once the power play expires, they score a goal with 30 seconds left on the second period clock. Totally plausible, and the score would be 5-2 heading into the third period. That would be, you know, a hockey game.
I'm not a head coach in the NHL, but maybe Carlyle should just focus his team on not giving up goals instead of blaming the other team for scoring those goals. Seems like a sound strategy.