Friday, February 27, 2009

We all have bad days at work

During a long season, is it realistic to believe a player will be at his best every night?

After winning four straight, the San Jose Sharks lost at Detroit, 4-1. Veteran Sharks center Joe Thornton (pictured here) had just one shot on goal.

After the game, Thornton admitted he didn't have his "A game" that night.

His coach, Todd McLellan, said that in a long season, players will have off nights.

"The first thing we need to do is realize we're talking about one-eighty-second of the regular season. We all have bad days at work. I have them, you have them," McLellan said. "We're not giving him permission to have an off night, but we're not naive enough to think he's not going to have them throughout the year."