Dan Boyle can be his harshest critic. In that role, part of his routine after every game is to grab a seat on the couch once he gets home and watch a replay of himself in action that night.

Right now the 35-year-old Sharks defenseman is going through a rough patch. He is without a point in his past six games, a problem for an offensive-minded player of his caliber. Add a handful of penalties and seven giveaways -- half his total for the entire season -- over that same stretch, and even Boyle found his own performance too painful to view.

"The Chicago game, I got home and I actually didn't watch it just because I was disgusted," he said after Sunday's practice. "That was a little different. I hadn't done that in a while."

In San Jose's 1-0 victory over the Blackhawks last Wednesday night, Boyle took three consecutive penalties -- tripping Dan Carcillo, shoving Bryan Bickell into the boards and delaying the game when a clearing attempt went into the crowd. Overall, he calls that game "probably the worst I've had in a San Jose uniform."

His ice time that game of 19:20 -- almost six minutes below his average for the season -- reflected that as well. Things did improve against Vancouver and his ice time reached 27:08.