Moving on from Game Two Loss

Friday, 05.17.2013 / 2:14 PM / 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 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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