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Must win? Sharks’ Boyle says series ‘has to be 2-2’ after tonight

May 21, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT

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If you’re wondering how much importance the Sharks are putting on tonight’s Game 4 against the Kings, just ask Dan Boyle.

“It has to be 2-2 when we leave here,” Boyle told CSN Bay Area on Tuesday. “Has to be.”

The Sharks head into tonight’s action down 2-1 in the series, but on a high after Saturday’s thrilling OT victory — the win kept San Jose undefeated at HP Pavilion this postseason and prevented the Kings from taking a 3-0 stranglehold over the series.

Home ice has been a major theme thus far, and it’s probably why Boyle said what he did.

The Sharks have been dynamite at the Tank during the regular season and postseason, losing just twice in regulation in 27 games.

The Kings, meanwhile, have been virtually unstoppable at Staples — they’re riding a 12-game win streak there, and had the NHL’s best home record during the regular season — so it’s understandable that the Sharks don’t want to face a potential elimination game on Thursday when the series moves back to L.A.

Also of note?

In the regular season and playoffs combined, the Sharks are 0-4 at Staples this season and have been outscored 14-7.

  1. kingsfan68 - May 21, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Going back to la 3-1 kings, closing it out in 5

  2. dannymac17 - May 21, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    of course its a must win, you gonna go back to LA down 3-1?

  3. sharksman - May 21, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    and you expected him to say anything else ? of course its a must win , if the sharks loose tonight it would be series over ….having to win 3 straight 2 on kings ice….don’t think that would happen
    Series Even after tonight !
    Go Sharks !

  4. sjsharks66 - May 21, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    I could have sworn the Sharks had the best NHL home record in the regular season. Were those articles and analysts comments not true?

    • sharksman - May 21, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      I do believe it was 2nd best

    • Mike Halford - May 21, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      At one point the Sharks did, yes. Thing is, that statement is sorta subjective — LA (according to standings) technically had the best home record because they had the most wins (19).

      But, if you went by points earned and fewest outright losses, it would be San Jose (17 wins, 5 OT/SO losses, only two reg. defeats).

      Hope that clears things up.

  5. sjsharks66 - May 21, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Oh alright! My mistake. Was just confused, have heard different records from other sources. Thanks for clearing it up!

  6. khmerson562 - May 21, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Shut out tonight, go kings

  7. joelwrobinson - May 21, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Sharks played good enough to win in both of the games played in LA this series. Not worried. Sharks in 6.

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