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Sharks ‘weren’t very good’ in a Game 5 loss, but ‘maybe that’s a good thing’

May 24, 2013, 2:46 AM EDT

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They kept it close for a while.

The San Jose Sharks, after fighting back on their home ice to even this best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal, were thoroughly outplayed by the L.A. Kings in Game 5, leading to a 3-0 loss on the road.

The Sharks are now on the brink of elimination.

A victory in Game 6 back in San Jose – by the way, the home team has won every game in this series, so it’s possible – will extend the series.

But the Sharks have to be much better. They gave Kings’ goalie Jonathan Quick a relatively easy night and were eventually worn down by the Kings, who were physical all game.

“Game 5, coming into their building, they were going to have a hard push – we talked about that before the game,” said Sharks coach Todd McLellan, according to NHL.com.

“They came hard right off the bat, but we got through that without being scored on.

“The rest of the night, the other 50 minutes, we weren’t very good. Moving forward, maybe that’s a good thing because we’ve got a lot of things to improve on.”

  1. thewaytonever - May 24, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    With 2 days off and it being at the Tank I expect this to be a better effort. TMac needs to get the boys going.

  2. blomfeld - May 24, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    OFF WITH THEIR HEADS … THE LOT OF THEM !

    Matt Greenes’ hit on that one ‘goldfish’ sending him right into his own bench was positively hilarious ! Anyway, I say that we Kings now finish off these freaks in ‘style” in game 6 and put an end to this silliness …

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • sharksman - May 24, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      “freaks ? ” wow that’s nice
      way to keep it real

  3. jacketsfan7 - May 24, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    I expect so too, this is going to 7, I’m calling it

  4. manchestermiracle - May 24, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Maybe McLellan is just trying to motivate his boys, but I didn’t think they played a bad game. They just didn’t keep hitting like they did in game 4 and the Kings wore them down.

    You could make the point that Niemi actually outplayed Quick, since he had to make more stops. The game could easily have been 1-0 going into the last couple of minutes since Niemi was screened on Voynov’s wrister, or even 0-0 if Niemi’s d-men clear the rebound Kopitar put home at the end of the second.

    Other than the goaltender the Sharks’ top guys didn’t step up. Weird to see Couture with a -3 at the same time Thornton, Marleau, Pavelski and Boyle all had -2. When’s the last time you saw that? Sunday night it’ll be a different story.

    • sharksman - May 24, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      sharks still got outplayed we need someone else to score the puck and you cant always expect the big guys to score
      too little too late
      very much like game 4 only turned around
      should go 7 but the sharks will have to play a heck of a lot better to make it count
      Go SHarks

  5. joelwrobinson - May 24, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Kings fans: Diehard since May 2012.

    • manchestermiracle - May 24, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      A few of us have been around waiting for this kind of run for many years. But thanks for generalizing, since that’s always a viable argument.

    • blomfeld - May 25, 2013 at 12:43 AM

      been a King’s fan since ’73 … so on behalf of all my fellow ‘long-time’ King’s fans, I say ‘go to hell’ you filthy vermin !

  6. bauxjangles - May 24, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    This really was the first game of the playoffs where the Kings started playing from the initial puck drop. This whole time, they have only ever been chasing the opponent or trying to match their momentum. The only question now is if it was a fluke or if last years team finally woke up.

    Love the atypical “bandwagon fans” scoff. God help the fans of the previous years cup winners, should they ever have an opinion because it will never be taken seriously. Good thing Sharks fans won’t have to worry about that for a long, long, long while.

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