As the series shifts to San Jose for game three and four, hope is far from lost for the Kings to inch their way back into their Western Conference Quarterfinal bout with the Sharks.
Falling behind 0-2 in a series isn’t ideal, but the Kings are traveling to a building where they’ve had some success this year, and one where the Sharks have had their troubles, San Jose posting the Western Conference’s third-worst mark on home ice at SAP Center with an 18-20-3 mark during the regular season.
“Definitely not the start that we wanted but, again, we’re hopping on a plane [Sunday] with just one thought in our mind,” Anze Kopitar said Saturday night.
The Kings posted a 2-1-0 record in their three visits to San Jose during the regular season, winning 4-1 on October 22, 3-2 in OT on January 24, and falling 5-2 on March 28.
“We have to regroup, go to San Jose, and come back with a tied series,” said Marian Gaborik.
They’ll have to start with a win Monday night.
“We’ve got to play a lot better to get ourselves back in the series, and we have an opportunity to do that Monday night,” said Milan Lucic “All our focus and energy has to go into Monday night and do whatever it takes to win to win.”
The Kings will be playing their 14th Game 3 when trailing 0-2 in a best-of-seven game series, they are 3-10 all-time in series decisions when the opposing team wins the first two games. The Kings are 18-26 all-time in Game 3’s of a series.