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Discuss: Kings stifle Sharks in Game 1

May 15, 2013, 12:53 AM EDT

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The San Jose Sharks out-shot and out-hit the Los Angeles Kings, but that wasn’t good enough to get the win in Game 1. Instead, Los Angeles took a 1-0 series lead thanks to a 2-0 win on Tuesday.

Shall we gab?

  • Jonathan Quick stopped 34 out of the 34 San Jose shots, earning his second shutout of the 2013 playoffs. Is he back (or at least close) to the all-world form that he displayed on his way to the 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy and Stanley Cup?
  • On the other hand, Antti Niemi was beaten twice on 20 attempts by the Kings. How much is this loss on his head? Can he match or best Quick often enough to eventually win this series?
  • This series/game could be a good example for those who are into the “rest vs. rust” argument. Did the Sharks look a little groggy after the long break they received by sweeping the Vancouver Canucks? Will the bumps and bruises from edging the St. Louis Blues in six games eventually catch up with the Kings?
  • Joe Thornton and Brent Burns had strong games despite going without a point while guys like Logan Couture were frustrated in Game 1. Who needs to step up the most for the Sharks?
  • If you were to put together a playoff power rankings list, where would Los Angeles rank? Where are the defending champions in the pecking order?
  • Do you expect this series to remain low-scoring?
  • Which Western Conference final matchup would you like to see the most this year?
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  1. sjsharks66 - May 15, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Well that was embarrassing. Hopefully the Sharks remember how to play Sharks hockey, because that was not it. The only hope was the 3rd period. Quick was a life savor for the Kings. Never thought this series would be easy, just hope it wont be as hard as it looks.

    • manchestermiracle - May 15, 2013 at 1:10 AM

      Nothing to be embarrassed about. It isn’t like the low-scoring Kings put up 4 or 5 goals. I thought San Jose came out strong and had a couple of good chances early, not just in the third.

      One of the Kings’ strong points is taking the opposing team out of their comfort zone. They don’t allow much from the middle and Quick almost never leaves any rebounds for second chances. Last year higher seeds than the Sharks never solved Quickie.

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 15, 2013 at 3:49 AM

      I’m fairly certain “Sharks hockey”, is them not going far in the playoffs. So ya, that was it, you Shark fans should be used to it by now.

  2. manchestermiracle - May 15, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Quick stopped 35 shots, but what’s the difference when you get a shutout to open the series?

    The Sharks looked sharp from the get-go. No “rust” apparent there. They just couldn’t get anything past Quick.

    Although anything is possible, I don’t see any high-scoring games in this series. Both teams have solid defenses.

    Kings/Blackhawks would be an epic WCF. Long ways to go yet for that.

  3. quickisquick - May 15, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Torres should be suspended for yet another hit to the head. I don’t care if he’s “reformed,” because he still doesn’t know where the line is between edgy and dirty until he looks behind to see that he has skated five yards over it.

    • manchestermiracle - May 15, 2013 at 1:22 AM

      Stoll didn’t come back out of the locker room, either. Who knows what that weather-vane Shanahan will do or not.

  4. loyallakingsfan35yrs - May 15, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Kings need more shots. 20 SOG after three periods will not

  5. pennerismyhomeboy - May 15, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Quick is back and here to stay. Kings/Chicago Western Conference Final. Go Kings Go!! Repeat!!

  6. loyallakingsfan35yrs - May 15, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    …..will not get you four wins.

    • manchestermiracle - May 15, 2013 at 1:14 AM

      I’d like to see more SOG if for no other reason than it means the Kings are spending more time on offense and less time in their own zone. But if Quick keeps up his stellar play I have no problem winning 1-0, 2-0, 2-1, etc.

      When the Kings did break out and score goals last year it was because the defense frustrated the opposition and caused turnovers and odd-man rushes. That may still happen in this series, but in the meantime I’ll take any win no matter what the shot differential.

  7. blomfeld - May 15, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    *** this message is intended for fans of the reigning Stanley Cup Champions only ***


    For me friends, the best part about what’s playing out right now is the fact that Jonathan Quick is making all of you ‘jealous’ detractors look like ‘imbecilic’ idiots! … and I love when things like that happen ! :) Anyway, that was a solid win for us tonight, which was only made possible by the ‘extraneous’ efforts of all … Brown, Richards, Lewis, Kopitar, Doughty, etc … I love you guys man ! So let’s resolve to keep this tempo up, as the Sharks are an excellent team who will ‘bite back’ if we give them half a chance. Like I said only a few days ago, I’ve got a good feeling about this series. However it’s imperative that we Kings never take our foot off their throats, not even for a second …

    These are ‘good times’ man ! … especially if you’re a King’s fan ! :) :) :)

  8. loyallakingsfan35yrs - May 15, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    ..ok Quick.. I Believe!

  9. ethanmacleod1685 - May 15, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Strong game by the sharks, just not enough

  10. 8man - May 15, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    I picked the Sens and the Sharks tonight. I know nothing.

  11. buffalomafia - May 15, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Look out for the Kings!

  12. pariseinminnesotabichez - May 15, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    I hope Kings fans don’t expect a game like this all series for them, prepare for a disappointment, Go Sharks

    • rocoop - May 15, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      You sound a lot like the Blues fans last series……..LOL

    • manchestermiracle - May 15, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      No, parise, we expect more hitting and hopefully some more scoring from our defending champs. By the way, Quick looks like he did last year at this time. So yeah, we expect that, too. Go ahead a keep believing that the Sharks were off their game, but not because of the way the Kings play.

  13. aldog83 - May 15, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Sharks outplayed Kings.

    Quick was amazing again.

    Blues outplayed Kings in many games last series.

    But the Kings are finding a way to WIN!

    The Kings need goals from Carter, Brown, Kopitar, and Doughty

    To support Quicks stellar play. (Quick is used to this as Kings were a bottom
    Five goal scoring team in their cup winning regular season)

    Sharks are even tougher in SJ so we gotta get goals and take GM 2.

    Graat job Kings thanks for the ride. I personally am struggling in life and you guys give some hope and relief for a few hours. When I get to watch.


    • blomfeld - May 16, 2013 at 12:18 AM

      @Aldog83 – Be good friend and take comfort in the knowledge that “ours” is a wonderful enterprise which is bringing joy to all of us Kings’ fans ! :)

  14. namriverrat69 - May 15, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Quick is quickly rounding in the shape Quick was in last year when he quickly disposed of oppenents very quickly.


  15. thewaytonever - May 15, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    I tip my hat to the kings the bounces went your way last night. sometimes its better to be lucky than good. but that being said the sharks dominated most of that game we out hit, out shot, won more faceoffs, and dominated puck control. yeah quick stole the game but if the sharks keep playing like this we will wear quick down and take the series. cheers kings fans look forward to the battles ahead

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