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Moving on from Game Two Loss

Friday, 05.17.2013 / 11:14 AM PT / News
By Jonathan Okanes  - Staff Writer
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Moving on from Game Two Loss

The Sharks can lament the fact that they scored three goals against Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick on Thursday night but still lost Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals.

But did we mention they scored three goals against Jonathan Quick?

The aftermath of San Jose’s painful 4-3 loss after allowing two goals during a 22-second span late in the game can go down different paths. Losing a game after committing back-to-back penalties down the stretch and outplaying your opponent most of the night can be tough. The Sharks were a stunned team as they headed back to their locker room after the game at Staples Center, and for good reason.

But when the smoke clears from the Kings frantic winning sequence Thursday, the bottom line is San Jose exhibited a slew of encouraging signs. The Sharks need to use that as motivation as the series shifts back to HP Pavilion for Game 3 on Saturday.

“I liked our game,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. “It was a hell of an effort tonight from our group. We have to get back to San Jose. We have to wake up in the morning and feel good about what we did for 59 minutes. There is a lot of good to take out of that game.”

Like they did in Game 1, the Sharks put a lot of pressure on Quick. But unlike the series-opener, San Jose finally capitalized on the scoreboard. When Patrick Marleau scored midway through the second period for the Sharks’ first goal of the series, Quick no longer seemed invincible. And San Jose confirmed that hypothesis by putting up three goals in less than 20 minutes. The Sharks got more traffic in front of the net, the ice opened up and the Kings defense no longer seemed impenetrable.

San Jose was the better team Thursday night at even strength. Three of the Kings’ goals came on the power play, including one with a two-man advantage. If the Sharks can do a better job of staying out of the penalty box, with the way goalie Antti Niemi is playing 5-on-5, San Jose has to feel good about itself if it can similarly break through against Quick again during the remainder of the series.

“We know we can break through on him,” Sharks forward Joe Pavelski said. “We know we’re going to get our chances, and we did. We’ll take a lot of good things out of it. We played them hard. We felt like we carried the pace for the most part. You move on. It will be nice to go home.”

Seeing as the Sharks are human beings, Thursday’s loss still will not be easy to get over, regardless of the encouraging signs they displayed for most of the night. But the team seemed confident they will be past it by the time they take the ice Saturday in front of what promises to be a delirious crowd at the Shark Tank.

“We’re a confident group,” center Logan Couture said. “We’ve played a lot of playoff games in here. We’ve had some deep runs. We’ll get over this and get ready for Game 3. Our building is going to be loud. We’ll be ready.”

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
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