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Burish: Kings were ‘slowing down’ during Sharks series

Jun 4, 2013, 3:23 PM EDT

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Have two tough series taken their toll on the Kings?

Adam Burish seems to think so.

The San Jose forward told ESPN Chicago Radio on Tuesday that, during the second round, some of the Kings players looked like they were out of gas.

“They had guys as our series went on you could tell they were slowing down,” Burish explained. “I give them credit, they were hanging in there. They were tough.

“But this is the playoffs, this is hard.”

It certainly is.

Los Angeles has recorded 626 hits thus far in the playoffs, over 100 more than the next closest team (Boston, with 512). While hits are often a questionable metric — the criteria for one varies from building to building — it’s a pretty good indicator of how physical the Kings have played over the last 15 games.

Their Round 1 series against St. Louis was dubbed by many as a brutally intense affair (Dustin Penner called it “the most physical series I’ve been a part of,”) and the San Jose series was equally taxing — in Game 4 alone, the two teams combined for a whopping 89 hits.

This style of play has resulted in injuries, something L.A. didn’t encounter much during the 2012 Stanley Cup run.

Jarret Stoll missed almost the entire San Jose series with a concussion, and now leading scorer Mike Richards is on the shelf with a suspected concussion as well.

“The Kings last year, they didn’t have one guy injured the entire playoffs,” Burish explained. “To win you’ve got to have talent and you’ve got to have luck.

“And right now the Hawks look pretty darn good to me.”

Chicago leads the Western Conference finals two games to none. You can catch Game 3 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles tonight on NBCSN.

  1. elvispocomo - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    “But this is the playoffs, this is hard.”

    Considering they still lost to the Kings, I’d say he has first hand knowledge of that this year.

  2. pirovash88 - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Burish, do us all a favor, just sit on the sidelines and keep your mouth shut.

    • shwoogy1 - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      Why because he has a good point? He can say whatever he wants. As a former Blackhawk, and a good one at that, he knows what it takes to go all of the way. It is the truth. They do look slow and sloppy.

  3. sjsharks66 - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    I don’t see anything wrong with what he said. The kings probably were slowing down. They go through the playoffs at 110% every game, every period. It is bound to take it’s toll. Burish would know if the Hawks are looking good. He won a cup with them. He knows how they play.

  4. Habib Marwan - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    this guy’s a nothing , he should worry more about working on his golf stroke then anything else

  5. titansrbeast - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Oh god no! Not the almighty Kings, they never slow down, they’re a machine.

    On a serious note, yes they are a good team but come and give me a break, if you can’t tell the playoffs are wearing on them I don’t have much else to say other than watch the speed of Chicago vs LA and it’s quite obvious. You don’t get outshot 17-2 in the 1st period when you come ready to play. Just saying.

  6. joelwrobinson - Jun 4, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Jonathan Quick wasn’t slowing down and that’s the only reason they lost. Guy played like a brick wall. The Sharks pretty much outplayed them the whole series.

  7. gsprulz - Jun 4, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Burish is stating the obvious. Quick is saving the team, they haven’t played good in 4 games straight imo.

  8. jcinc2013 - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    As usual someone from the outside looking in giving advice! Just sit back and enjoy the next FOUR games.

  9. bauxjangles - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    He thinks we are slowing down and Joe Thornton claimed that he figured Quick out. I’ll give just as much credit to both sentiments. The kings aren’t a fast team like Chicago so they aren’t slowing, they’re slow.

  10. kingsforever - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    A fart in the wind

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