The Sharks' top line of Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski has been stifled as of late.
The three combined for 36 points over the first five games. Since then, Pavelski has three goals, but Marleau and Thornton have just one assist each. "There's no way we could keep up the pace we did in the first five, individually and collectively," said defenseman Dan Boyle, whose absence from two games with a bad cold is cited as one reason the power play dropped off. "The puck was going in, and now all of a sudden guys are cold. That's just the way it goes."