SAN JOSE – After two of the most lopsided losses in franchise history, San Jose Sharks coach David Quinn said he isn’t worried about losing his job.
The Sharks were beaten 10-2 by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, two nights after being crushed 10-1 by the Vancouver Canucks in the first game of a four-game home series.
The Sharks, at 0-10-1, remain the only winless team in the NHL, and with another loss Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers, they will set a new league record for most losses consecutive to start a season with 12.
The Sharks, who went 22-44-16 last season during Quinn’s first year in San Jose, were outscored 55-12 this season.
When asked after Saturday’s game if he was concerned about his job security, Quinn replied: “I guess it’s an obvious question, but if you’ve been around a long time, I mean, I don’t think about it for two seconds. I have a job to do.
The rebuilding Sharks have five players on their active roster who have more than two years of NHL experience or less, including rookies Ty Emberson or Magnus Chrona. Emberson, a defenseman, was left out Saturday, but Chrona, a day after being recalled from the Barracudas, made his NHL debut midway through the second period after starter Mackenzie Blackwood allowed six goals on 18 shots .
Chrona, in his first season of professional hockey, allowed four goals on 17 Penguins shots
“Just look at some of the guys we have, we haven’t played a lot of NHL hockey,” Quinn added later. “That’s the situation we find ourselves in, isn’t it? Guys trying to prove themselves and establish themselves. We all recognized it before the season started. So this is the situation we find ourselves in.
“I know (reporters) want to keep asking me about my job security and all that. Maybe it’s in a reporter’s guide that this is what you’re supposed to ask the coach after two games like this, but give me a break.
Sharks players have expressed their support for their coaches after their last two defeats.
“I don’t know what else coaches can do. It’s up to us,” said Sharks winger Anthony Duclair on Saturday. “They do a great job motivating us and preparing us for games. The game plan is the game plan. We just have to follow it and right now as players we are not following it and that is making us it’s expensive.”
Sharks defenseman and assistant captain Mario Ferraro said Quinn and the coaching staff have emphasized in recent games that everyone needs to worry about their own job and not try to do the job. from someone else.
“We’re all trying to make a difference individually, and in doing so, we’re straying from the game plan,” Ferraro said. “This happened several times again tonight, including me. We are moving away from the game plan and it hurts us.
“We are all trying to make a difference. We are trying to turn the situation around. But sometimes it’s too much, right? It’s just that we have to stick to our jobs and trust that everyone will do their jobs and we didn’t do that.
Sharks center Nico Sturm said after Thursday’s loss to Vancouver that it would be a cop-out for players to blame coaches.
“It’s not about the coaches,” Sturm said. “We’re losing 10-1, what are the coaches going to do? The coaches are not there and they are not playing. It’s far too easy to play against us at the moment, and it’s certainly not the coach’s fault. It’s up to us as players and we’re not where we should be right now.
Duclair echoed those sentiments.
“We just have to be stronger with the puck. I think we lose way too many battles,” Duclair said. “It’s just too easy for the opposing team to come in here. Especially in front of our fans.
“Our combat levels are sometimes non-existent and it costs us dearly. »
The Sharks are off Sunday before returning to practice Monday.
“It had a snowball effect,” Quinn said. “We have a little time to figure that out since we’re off (Sunday).”