After holding a lead for much of the night, the Sharks allowed a late equalizer and eventually lost in overtime to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.
Several key penalties marred the final period for the Sharks, including a two-minute minor for Timo Meier after officials determined he tripped Robert Bortuzzo.
Sharks head coach Bob Boughner expressed frustration with the officiating after the game, believing there were inconsistencies with some of the late calls.
In overtime, Patrick Marleau was whistled for a hooking penalty with 1:39 to play. While he was in the box, David Perron capped off the victory with a turnaround shot just underneath the pads of Sharks goalie Martin Jones.
Boughner apparently was imploring his players to bring up the intensity during the morning skate prior to Thursday's loss, and was asked about his message to the players following the overtime defeat.
"I just think we weren't sharp early in practice," Boughner told reporters on a Zoom conference call. "We were only out there for 15-20 minutes, but just a sort of little wake-up call, let's get going kind of thing. There's no real story behind it other than just a little wake-up call this morning when guys were ... travel across the country, got in late last night and I just didn't think we had enough energy, and just a little wake-up call. That's all."
The Sharks will have a chance at retribution as they once again will take on the Blues from St. Louis on Saturday, before heading back to San Jose for a clash Monday with the Minnesota Wild.