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Game Inside the Game - 5/24/2013

by Eric Lindquist / San Jose Sharks


Sharks Frustrated in Game Five

"Myself included we were bad tonight… and that’s why we lost tonight,” said Logan Couture. “We didn’t deserve to win… our power play was brutal.”

The LA Kings won their 13th straight home game behind Jonathan Quick’s 24 save shutout as the Sharks dropped Game 5 by the count of 3-0 on Thursday and now trail the best of seven series 2-3 vs. the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Semifinals as the series continues at the HP Pavilion on Sunday at 10pm! 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 6, let’s take a closer look GAME INSIDE THE GAME for the Sharks and the Kings!

Lineup changes for Game 6?

San Jose: No injuries to report for San Jose in Game 5. – Jason Demers was back in the lineup and skated on the 4th line with Andrew Desjardins and Bracken Kearns. Demers played 3:47 in Game 6.

Martin Havlat left Game 3 after playing 4:25 of the first period for San Jose (first game since getting injured in Game 1 vs. Vancouver) and was replaced by Tim Kennedy in Game 4. Adam Burish is still out with injuries – although may be getting close to returning. Raffi Torres is serving his series long suspension for his hit on Jarret Stoll in Game 1.

TJ Galiardi – Joe Thornton – Brent Burns
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Joe Pavelski
James Sheppard – Scott Gomez – Tommy Wingels
Jason Demers - Andrew Desjardins – Bracken Kearns

Matt Irwin – Dan Boyle
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Scott Hannan – Brad Stuart

Antti Niemi
Thomas Greiss

Los Angeles: No injuries to report for LA in Game 5.
Forward Jarret Stoll left Game 1 late in the second period after he was checked by Raffi Torres and has not played since – and replaced by Brad Richardson. Kyle Clifford and Matt Greene returned to the lineup in Game 4 for the Kings for their first action of the series. Willie Mitchell is still out with an undisclosed injury. Jordan Nolan, Tanner Pearson, Keaton Ellerby, and Alec Martinez did not dress in Game 5. Darryl Sutter made several line changes in Game 5.

Kyle Clifford – Anze Kopitar – Justin Williams
Dustin Penner – Mike Richards – Jeff Carter
Dwight King – Trevor Lewis – Dustin Brown
Tyler Toffoli – Colin Fraser – Brad Richardson

Robyn Regehr – Drew Doughty
Rob Scuderi – Slava Voynov
Jake Muzzin – Matt Greene

Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Bernier

Did You Know?

*Welcome back… defenseman Jason Demers returned to the lineup in Game 5 and played forward for the Sharks… Demers has now played 32 playoff games for the San Jose Sharks and has eight points (3-5-8).

*1st time for everything…
the San Jose Sharks have never won a series when dropping the first two games of a series. The Sharks have dropped their previous nine series when falling in a 0-2 series hole. San Jose has been swept twice, lost in five games twice, and were eliminated in six games five times in those instances.

*Times have changed… LA went 10-1 on the road last spring on the way to winning the Stanley Cup…but has lost five of six games away from home this year.

*Road PP woes… the Sharks are just 1-for-18 on the road in the playoffs (5.6%).

*Hit Parade… the Kings outhit San Jose 51-24 in Game 5, led by Dustin Brown’s seven hits.
"That’s the plan. We’ve got to be a physical team if we’re going to win, so that’s the plan – just bring it up there.” – Matt Greene.

*3-2… LA is 7-1 in series that they led 3-2… San Jose is 1-8 in series when trailing 2-3… the Sharks lone series win was against the Calgary Flames in the WQF’s in 1995.

*Backs against wall… the Sharks are 9-15 in games in which they face elimination…. 5-5 on home ice.
"The season is on the line… we are playing for our lives. I expect to see us as a desperate team… I think we are going home to win Game 6 and comeback to LA for Game 7.” – Logan Couture

The Bottom Line:

“We are going back to our building; we have a couple of days to regroup, to rest. When we’ve played well this year down the stretch we’ve played quick, efficiently, we’ve made tape to tape passes and that didn’t happen tonight (Game 5). We weren’t the team we wanted to be.” – Todd McLellan

The Sharks hope the trend is their friend in Game 6…. with the home team grabbing the victory at the HP Pavilion in Game 6. San Jose needs a much better effort from everyone in Game 6 than the effort they got in Game 5 to force a Game 7. The HP Pavilion will be rocking on Sunday as the Sharks play their first must win game of the playoffs. As coach McLellan stated, the Sharks need to play quick, efficiently, and make tape to tape passes to be successful….. if the Sharks do that on Sunday, Game 7 will be on Tuesday in LA!

GO Sharks GO!

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