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Sharks win in OT, go up 3-0 over Kings

By Ross McKeon Playing the role of playoff overtime hero is nothing new for Patrick Marleau.

The longest-tenured Shark scored his fourth career sudden-death winner – a backhand goal on San Jose’s only shot of OT – to give his team a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night and a 3-0 stranglehold on the first-round series.

The Sharks, winners of five straight playoff overtime games and 10 of their past 11, can wrap up the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal Thursday when the Kings host Game 4.

After surrendering two one-goal leads in regulation, Los Angeles pumped off the first five shots of Read More

Source: San Francisco Gate

Game 3 Fallout: Mike Richards – ‘Don’t worry about what’s ahead of you’

By John Hoven

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Comments from Mike Richards following the Kings OT loss to the Sharks in Game 3 on Tuesday night…

On losing in overtime:

“They got the last goal. That’s usually how it goes. One team plays well in overtime and then the other team scores on their first chance. It’s obviously disappointing. We still have to play better to win hockey games.”

On how to improve play in the neutral zone:

“Don’t turn the puck over, just manage the puck better. Make their defense go back and get the puck every time. Every little part I think we can do a little bit better job. Read More

Source: The Mayor

Joey Hishon gets his chance to shine for Patrick Roy Wednesday

By Adrian Dater ST. PAUL, MINN. – No pressure on Joey Hishon today or anything. Whether he plays his first NHL game or not on Thursday, a playoff game against the Minnesota Wild, will depend on how he looks in practice today – his first with the team all season and the first time in which Patrick Roy […] Read More

Source: Denver Post

April 22 postgame notes

By JonRosen -With the loss, Los Angeles fell to 6-10 all-time against San Jose in the playoffs, a mark that includes a home record of 4-4. The Kings are 94-129 all-time in the playoffs and 54-52 at home. -The Kings fell to 23-26 all-time in overtime in the playoffs. -The Kings fell to 16-25 all-time in Game 3s. When losing a Game 3, they are 5-19 all-time in playoff series. -Three teams in NHL history have rallied to win a best-of-seven series after losing the first three games: The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs (over Detroit in the Stanley Cup Final), the 1975 Read More

Source: LA Kings Insider

Game 3: Sutter, Brown, Quick, Sharks talk OT winner for San Jose

By John Hoven

Locker room quotes following the Sharks OT victory in LA on Tuesday night…

Kings Head Coach Darryl Sutter on tonight’s game:

“Not quite enough tonight. I thought we played a pretty good hockey game. We were pretty good tonight and so were they.”

Sutter on top players:

“I think our better players were better, that was for sure and it was noticeable. I think we can push that through our lineup because those are the guys that are going to pull us. That will give us a chance for the next game, right?”

Sutter on San Jose:

“They’re a good hockey club, and I’m not saying Read More

Source: The Mayor

Evolution? OZ Faceoff Losses in 2013-14

By Tyler Dellow I’ve been prattling on for a while about Bruce Boudreau’s team, how they play following offensive zone faceoff losses and the fine results that they achieve. I was doing my year-end totting up of the data and I happened across something interesting. Start at the beginning. I classify shot attempts depending on when the last [...] Read More


April 22 postgame quotes: San Jose

By JonRosen Todd McLellan, on what he told his team heading into overtime: I just told our guys to settle down, play the way we know how. We got caught out in pieces a lot. Tired players did not manage that neutral zone real well, in fact, the only time we really got the puck behind them was the one forecheck we had, we scored, so we were not very good in that situation. They had the bat in their hands and they were going to swing it and they had us on our heels but sometimes it goes that way, we Read More

Source: LA Kings Insider

April 22 postgame quotes: Dustin Brown

By JonRosen On how he assesses the Game 3 loss: Not good enough. I mean at this point, this series, we needed to find a way to win a game, and that didn’t happen so now we’re in a bigger hole and we have to figure it out. On the Kings’ play in their own zone: That’s part of the game. Sometimes you’re going to have to play in there and limit their opportunities. I don’t know what the shots were, but we have to get back to how we play. On how back-to-back penalties in third period affected the outcome: They Read More

Source: LA Kings Insider

Richards, Carter a part of three-nothing deficit history

By JonRosen History is not on the Kings’ side, though two players with key experience are. Only three teams have come back from three-nothing series deficits to win a seven-game Stanley Cup Playoffs series. Toronto erased a three-nothing deficit to Detroit in the 1942 Stanley Cup Final, the 1975 New York Islanders defeated Pittsburgh in a league quarterfinal, and Philadelphia upended Boston in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals. Mike Richards captained the 2010 Flyers team, and one of his teammates was Jeff Carter. “Just play each game and don’t worry about what’s ahead of you,” Richards said after Tuesday’s 4-3 overtime loss Read More

Source: LA Kings Insider

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