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Couture: You can’t give a team like L.A. any life

Apr 23, 2014, 7:33 PM EDT

Jonathan Quick, Logan Couture Jonathan Quick, Logan Couture

The San Jose Sharks have a 3-0 series lead over the Los Angeles Kings after winning in overtime last night, but they still see Game 4 as an important contest. Even if they will get four chances to finish off Los Angeles, they don’t want to allow the 2012 Stanley Cup champions to gain any momentum.

“We’re going to do what we can to win, finish them in four,” said Sharks forward Logan Couture, per CSN Bay Area. “You can’t give a good team like the L.A. Kings life. We’re going to do whatever we can. We know they’re going to be desperate. We have to match their desperation and play our best game this series to beat them.”

It’s not just the fear of the Kings pulling off an unlikely comeback that’s motivating San Jose. The Sharks remember what happened in 2011 when they took a 3-0 series lead against Detroit in the second round only for the Red Wings to force a Game 7. San Jose won that series, but the Vancouver Canucks ousted them in five contests in the Western Conference Final.

Sharks coach Todd McLellan speculated that allowing the Red Wings to get back into that series hurt the Sharks even if they still came out on top.

San Jose is hoping that this is the year the team wins the Stanley Cup after making the playoffs in each of the last nine campaigns and coming up short. The Sharks are off to a great start, but they still have a ton of work ahead of them.

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  1. sharksman - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Go Sharks !!!

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Here’s the rule: When you have the lead, the right time to take your foot off the gas pedal is… when the clock reads 00:00.0 and the blue light behind the net comes on. And as they are learning in the PIT/CBJ series, the best way to protect a 3-1 lead is to make it 4-1. So far no one has.

  3. paulerhythm - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Interesting thought: when the Kings have been in a 0-3 hole in there history, they have always lost the 4th game. So, I’d put money on history repeating…
    This is the best chance the Sharks have in winning the cup…

  4. fpstratton - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    As a devout Kings fan, I must say that the Sharks deserve all the credit in the world for having elevated their game. The team has much more speed than it did 12 months ago, when the Kings narrowly beat them in a second round series. I don’t see anyone beating them this year. Sharks will win the Cup.

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