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Kings were ‘sloppy’ in Game 1 loss to Sharks

Apr 18, 2014, 2:27 AM EDT

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The San Jose Sharks were ready to go. The L.A. Kings, well, not so much.

The Kings fell behind by five goals by the end of the second period, spelling the end to the evening for goalie Jonathan Quick, and resulting in a 6-3 loss. The Sharks lead the best-of-seven first-round series 1-0. If it’s any consolation, the Kings did outhit the Sharks 69-52. So, there’s that.

“We weren’t ready to go from the start. Just trying to play catch up, we were really sloppy,” said Kings’ captain Dustin Brown, as per LA Kings Insider.

“When you’re sloppy against a team like that, and they’re good on the forecheck and can cause turnovers when you’re not sharp, they’re going to get a lot of chances. It could have been a lot more. Quickie made some big saves.”

Oh, the play of the Kings goalie.

His game lasted 40 minutes. It wasn’t until the third period began that the team in front of him finally managed to get back into the game, scoring three times to cut San Jose’s lead to 5-3 at one point.

Earlier in the first period, San Jose forward Mike Brown sent Kings’ defenseman Slava Voynov into Quick, resulting in a scrum behind the net. Not the most polite way to welcome the L.A. netminder to the series.

But head coach Darryl Sutter didn’t seem too pleased with the play of Quick, who allowed five goals on 28 shots. On the play of his goalie, Sutter turned his answer to the decision to pull Quick.

“I think I could’ve made the decision earlier,” said Sutter.

  1. sharksfan754 - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:42 AM

    I meant to say it last post. It’s only one game. As I told a black jerseyed Quick autographed fan at Buffalo Wild Wings tonight, Nothing but respect here.

  2. patthehockeyfan - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    Watching that game was more like watching an episode of “The Invasion of the Goalie Snatchers.” Quickie? I don’t think that was him. The Sharks left pods in the Kings’ dressing room, one of which was placed at Quickie’s spot. That was some pod creature in the net; not Jonathan Quick.

    Good game for the Sharks. The Kings will even it up on Sunday. That is, barring any more pods lying around.

    GKG!!!

    • mrpinkca - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      I was pretty surprised when I realized this wasn’t blomfeld.

  3. aldog83 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    One game…..

    Shark Fans…

    “Thumbs up” if you think this is Over!

    • kingsfan93 - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      For anyone to really think this series of Kings vs Sharks is over, don’t know jack.

  4. bwayblueshirt - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Quick played way to aggressive. Three of those goals went in when he was a foot outside the paint. He needs to literally take a step back and get back to his fundamentals if he is going to lead the Kings into round two.

    • kingsfan93 - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      Bwayblueshirt – When I was analyzing J. Quick’s game last night just had me thinking something not right about his game and that is “he is too aggressive.” (like you said).

      That it wasn’t just that though, the team in front of him was a total slop in every aspect.

      But I do DEFINITELY expect J. Quick (especially) and rest of the Kings to come back strong on Sunday.

      Let’s Go Kings!!!

      • bwayblueshirt - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        I agree, I think the defense defended odd-man rushes very poorly (leading to two of the goals in question) and I think he’s a good goalie who’s going to use this as motivation rather than dwell on it.

  5. sharksman - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    One game, nothing is won, still a long way to go. So far so good. Go Sharks !!

  6. aldog83 - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Im a KINGS fan.

    This is the Best Sharks Team yet.

    If Brown and Richards don’t start scoring.

    We are done.

    Hope Toffoli can be the “Toffoli” of last years playoffs.

    So many things went wrong in GM 1 for KINGS (Credit the SHARKS)

    “KIngs need GAME 2 BADLY!!” (in GAUNTLET voice)

    • patthehockeyfan - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      I’m a little worried about Doughty. Although he had 5 shots, and played about 25 minutes, he was a -2 for the game. There were occasions of his usual brilliance in his game last night, and there were occasions that made me think that he isn’t 100% yet.

      The Kings haven’t depended on Brown and Richards for scoring for a while now. Kopitar is still great; Stoll and Williams also need to start putting it in the net. Carter and Lewis, too.

      But, I get your point about Richards and Brown. Somebody needs to break it open.

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