SAN JOSE — Ryane Clowe returned to HP Pavilion on Tuesday for the first time since his stick-slamming outburst that earned him 37 minutes in penalties in the Sharks' 4-1 victory over Vancouver on Sunday night, and he wasn't at all contrite.
"There's no secret how I play. I'm an intense guy and I'm an emotional guy. I try to play on the edge and sometimes you go over. I don't make any apologies for that," Clowe said after a morning skate in preparation for that night's game against the Anaheim Ducks.
He acknowledged, however, that he didn't like the fact he earned an extra two minutes in the penalty box for unsportsmanlike conduct for protesting a high-sticking call late in the second period.
"I don't like taking those penalties, that extra penalty where you hurt your team," he said. "Obviously that wasn't my plan, but I don't make any apologies for going over the edge."
Clowe was in the box before the opening faceoff Sunday night as linemate Logan Couture ended up exchanging shoves with Canucks forward Alex Burrows. A first-period fight with Zach Kassian followed as did two other minor penalties before the outburst that ended Clowe's night.
"The last one put me over the edge," he said, referring to the penalty drawn by Vancouver defenseman Keith Ballard at 19:30 of the second period. "It was a stupid call. I tried to finish a guy and he just skated out of trouble. I don't know if I even got a piece of him and the guy gives me a high-stick. It was just a constant march to the penalty box and it got frustrating."
Clowe banged his stick around the penalty box while continuing to complain, then slammed the stick to the floor when he drew an additional 10-minute misconduct and a game misconduct.
The referee who made the call, Dave Jackson, is scheduled to officiate Tuesday night's game as well.
So did Clowe and coach Todd McLellan talk about the incident?
"Not really," he said. "He knows how I play and nothing I do intentionally is to try and put the team in trouble. I'm smart enough to know I can't take those penalties, but sometimes that happens."
Clowe said he did hear from the San Francisco Bulls, the ECHL team he helped coach during the lockout.
"I did get a couple texts that said, now I understand why you didn't suit up for us," Clowe said.