"It's about getting it done," said Todd McLellan. "When the night ends, you have to have the job done. You can have as many good looks as you want. You can be in all alone. You have to find ways to finish, and we have players that are very capable of doing that. We have players that are capable of scoring greasy, dirty, playoff-style goals."
The San Jose Sharks look to even the series vs. the Los Angeles Kings in Game 2 in the Western Conference Semifinals on Thursday at 7 pm PST. Please note all games will be carried LIVE locally on NBCSN / 98.5-102.1 FM KFOX and the Sharks Radio Network.
Before each game day, sjsharks.com will take a look at the “Game inside the Game” as the Sharks continue their quest toward the Stanley Cup. Line matchups, player vs. player battles, head-to-head stats, and key figures highlighted each game day.
Before Game 2, let’s take a closer look GAME INSIDE THE GAME for the Sharks and the Kings.Lineup changes for Game 2?San Jose:
No injuries reported for San Jose in Game 1. Defenseman Jason Demers is day-to-day and could see action in this series.
Forward Jarret Stoll left the game late in the second period after he was checked by Raffi Torres and did not return.
Did You Know?:*Goose Egg
… the Sharks were shutout for the 17th time in franchise history in the playoffs in Game 1. It was the 2nd time Jonathan Quick has shutout the Sharks in the playoffs. (34 saves in 4-0W at SJ on Apr 16, 2011)*Reverse the trend
… the Sharks have never won a series after getting shutout in Game 1 (0-for-3).
…. Forward Bracken Kearns played his first career game in the Stanley Cup playoffs in Game 1 and fired one shot in 6:05 of ice time. Kearns turned 32 on Sunday.
*Lots of ice
…. Dan Boyle led all Sharks players with 23:26 of ice time in Game 1. Slava Voynov led all Kings with 23:54 of ice time.*Hit Parade
…. Tommy Wingels led all players with eight hits in Game 1…. Dustin Penner had six hits for the Kings.*Home sweet home
… with the win in Game 1, the LA Kings have won 11 straight games at the Staples Center dating back to March.
THE BOTTOM LINE
“We need to find a way to score goals,” said Logan Couture.
The Sharks outshot the Kings 35-20 in Game 1 but were unable to find the back of the net in the 2-0 loss. Everyone always talks about the traffic in LA, and that is exactly what the Kings did to score their two goals… got traffic in front of Antti Niemi… the Sharks will have to do the same in Game 2 in front of Jonathan Quick’s cage. The Sharks had a real solid effort in Game 1 but just couldn’t score…. which if your glass is half full, a good sign. Look for the Sharks to get “greasy” in front of the LA net in Game 2 as they look to even the series at 1-1.