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‘Don’t stink’: Sharks’ Gomez gives advice for Game 7

May 28, 2013, 1:34 AM EDT

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The formula for winning a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup playoffs doesn’t seem too difficult. Right?

“Don’t [stink],” San Jose Sharks’ veteran forward Scott Gomez told NHL.com, reportedly in a joking manner.

“What I was told was don’t change your game. Do what got you here. Obviously every emotion is going to be running high. When the game comes we’ll be ready. It’s exciting for us.”

The Sharks face the L.A. Kings, the defending Stanley Cup champions, in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinal series on Tuesday.

The winner advances to the conference final, where they will face either the Detroit Red Wings or Chicago Blackhawks, who will also be engaging in that most-exciting seventh and deciding game on Wednesday.

“You’re playing for your lives. You have to be desperate,” Sharks’ forward Logan Couture told reporters, as per a video post on the team’s website and seen below.

For the Kings, their reign as Cup champions is in question.

Last year, they never faced elimination, rolling over the competition throughout the post-season, beginning with the Vancouver Canucks in the opening round and finishing with a Stanley Cup win over the New Jersey Devils.

“After what we did last year, I always say you don’t really know what you’re playing for until you’ve won it,” Kings’ captain Dustin Brown told the L.A. Times.

“So my perspective on playoffs this year has been completely different from my perspective on playoffs in previous years because I don’t think I fully understood what I was playing for until we put ourselves over the top.

“And that’s kind of the same way with losing. It’s hard to understand what it takes to win until you lose.”

 

 

  1. blomfeld - May 28, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    “because I don’t think I fully understood what I was playing for until we put ourselves over the top”

    CAPTAIN ON THE BRIDGE !!!

    as you were gentlemen … friends, the fact is as Captain Brown so eloquently states, some of life’s greatest achievements are never fully appreciated in the heat of the moment … here tonight on the eve of the great battle, we Kings will engage the enemy tomorrow as reigning Stanley Cup champions who are “second to none” … yet imagine trying to tell that to people a year ago at this time, especially the many vermin here at PHT ? … you’d be laughed right out of the room, not to mention the many jealous ‘daggers of scorn’ which would have been hurtled your way … regardless, people like Couture and Gomez are misguided idiots and they and their Sharks team will be engaged tomorrow by our glorious Kings and they will be destroyed in detail, God willing …

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 28, 2013 at 8:18 AM

      home ice advantage is huge here. Go Kings!

    • twofortripping01 - May 28, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      Misguided? Last time I checked, Scott Gomez has his name on the Stanley Cup twice. His game stinks lately, but he knows a thing or two about winning.

    • illustrick - May 28, 2013 at 9:26 PM

      Scott Gomez sucks, and has sucked since he left the Devils.

  2. loyallakingsfan35yrs - May 28, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    Kings 5 Sharks 3 final game 7

  3. kingsfan93 - May 28, 2013 at 4:04 AM

    Logan Couture (from the video) “Yeah, we expect them to play better than they were last night.”

    I could understand from a stand point of what Logan Couture is getting at, but to say about game 6 is that the Kings should of won that game. They out played Sharks for the majority of the game. But that is the way the cookie crumbles.

    Sharks be more desperate alright. They will just be taking more runs at J. Quick to continue to cheat their way thru of how they could possibly win the series.

  4. rushledger - May 28, 2013 at 4:26 AM

    Gomez is saying don’t play like he did for years with Montreal, a venture he’s still getting paid for this season.

  5. jonkchar - May 28, 2013 at 5:26 AM

    I really like the Kings but I’m feelin a Sharks win

  6. matt14gg - May 28, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    Ridiculous that this game doesn’t start until 9 pm on the east coast.

    • govtminion - May 28, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      Which is 6 PM on the west coast. You’d rather the game start while the local fans are still at work?

  7. sjsharks66 - May 28, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    @kings93. Cheat? You mean like how your kings boarded Petrangelo of the blues last year and took him out of the series? Which was their TOP defenseman. Or how Brown threw that knee against the coyotes?

    So quick has tripped backwards a few times. Maybe if he wasn’t pretending to get shot every time, they would call it a trip.

  8. colossal87 - May 28, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    wait a second, the kings actually have a fan base? wow i guess you learn something everyday.. PITT STRONG

    • rocoop - May 28, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      You have a lot to learn…

  9. loyallakingsfan35yrs - May 28, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Yes Kings have a fan base. Die hard fan base! Bandwagoners are considered fans. So we have a huge fan base. They may not know who Butch Goring or Mario Lessard is but hey.. this is sunny southern California. What do you expect.

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