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Kings could see fear in Sharks’ eyes before comeback

Jun 11, 2014, 1:29 PM EDT

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When a team finds itself down 3-0 in a series, you’ll usually hear the players talk about their focus on winning just one game. That’s partially because they need to make their task smaller in the face of overwhelming odds, but getting that first victory can also swing the momentum in your favor.

Drew Doughty realizes that because that’s what happened in the Los Angeles Kings’ first round against the San Jose Sharks.

“Once we won that first game of the San Jose series, we kind of had a feeling we were going to come back and win that series,” Doughty said. “And you could see it in their eyes and their team and their captains and leaders that they were worried about us coming back.

“So we don’t want to give these guys any life.”

The Kings have proven that they can bounce back after the Rangers claim an early lead, but it will still be particularly important for the Kings to score the first goal tonight. Anything the Rangers can latch onto as a source of hope could be potentially problematic for the Kings.

Because while the odds are heavily stacked in their favor, they know that last victory isn’t merely a formality.

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  1. thegronk87 - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Kings also have to be careful to make sure no one from the rangers organization steals the puck like Elias did in 2012.

  2. cybernetikghost - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    It’s funny how he says “their captains” like he doesn’t want to call out Joe personally. Even Gretzky talked about knowing you are going to lose when you have the lead- in referencing the Miracle on Manchester- so it literally happens to the best of them. If that makes San Jose feel at all better…

    • geauxshawx - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      Without taking anything away from the Kings play (please read this again before slamming me), let us not forget Stoll’s illegal hit on Vlasic. It cost the Kings two minutes, but cost the Shawx their best all-round D man for the series. That hit came mid way into game 5, which was the pivotal game. And, sure, Doughty can say that AFTER the series was over.

      • gohawks7 - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:13 PM

        And what did SJ do after Vlasic was hurt? They should have knocked Stoll on his ass to show LA that they weren’t going to take that kind of crap. But instead they did nothing at all. And LA knew that SJ was intimidated at that point…

    • geauxshawx - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:23 AM

      What would that have accomplished re: winning games. It wouldn’t put Vlasic back in line-up. Take Doughty out of kings roster, different playoffs entirely. Just curious, what was your reaction last year to Sharks’ Torres’ hit on Stoll?

      • gohawks7 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:14 PM

        It doesn’t need to be an illegal, suspension worthy hit. They had PLENTY of opportunities to finish a check on Stoll, legally, and every time they eased up. Playing the body, wearing the opponent down is a big part of playoff hockey. The Sharks are terrible at that aspect of the game.

  3. sjsharks66 - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Doughty doesn’t want to call out Joe, because he knows what will happen next season.

    Sharks should have played the series the way they played that game. The fear was in the Kings eyes, along with a few fists. Instead the Sharks become sissies when it’s time to play tough.

    • dannymac17 - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Thats assuming Joe even plays with the heartless sharks. that team is full of softies and crybabies.

    • cybernetikghost - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      If Thornton is still with the Sharks next season, Doughty has nothing to worry about. Doughty can lose a fight if he can still win the series. Nice if you to choose a video from the Cup run though, that really invalidates your point.

  4. sjsharks66 - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    The cup run has nothing to do with the Sharks though. It just proves that Doughty was beat down by Thornton. Which was the point I was making about not calling Joe out personally. If Thornton played with that kind of intensity in the playoffs, maybe the Sharks win the last game to end the series with the Kings. As for the Kings first cup run, impressive with the amount of losses they ended with. Although the only tough team they played was the Blues. Surprisingly they destroyed the Blues that year. To bad the same couldn’t be said for the Sharks that year. You have to admit. the first run was pretty easy for the Kings, unlike this year. Hats off to the Kings on this run, because they are winning the cup again. They played 3 of the best teams out of the West this year. The Rangers are decent, their best player and what I thought would be the only reason the Rangers MAY have beat the Kings cannot even stop a beach ball.

    • pirovash88 - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      The only thing easy about that Cup run was the way the Kings made it look. The Blues went on to destroy your guppies that year 4-1, then they ran into the Kings in the next round where the Kings completely dominated them. That goes to show how much better the Kings were playing in that Post Season than any Team. You Sharks fans can all say that they had it easy that year, but at the end of the day, they swept an opponent you had no chance against. It’s a testament to the Kings strength in getting it done, something your Team can only dream of achieving.

      • geauxshawx - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        Yea, and it only took your Kings over FORTY YEARS to do it… Twice as long as the Shawx have even been in the league. Sure, winning the Cup is THE thing, but there can be some pros, i.e. Dan Marino, who can still be considered great in their sport. Since coming to Shawx, Joe has had more points than anyone in NHL.

    • cybernetikghost - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      The cup run has everything to do with the Sharks and Thornton in particular. Doughty is in talks for the Conn Smythe, with a Stanley Cup Championship already to his name. Whereas Thornton has the reputation for disappearing in the playoffs and costing his team. Thornton can win the scrap, and a President’s Trophy, and hold all the SJS records he wants. Don’t mean a thing if you don’t got at ring.

      • geauxshawx - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:27 AM

        Again, so you’re saying as a quarterback in the NFL, Marino was nothing?

      • geauxshawx - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:32 AM

        And Jim Plunkett, QB for Raidaws, has TWO rings! Which is the greater QB? Plunkett or Marino?

      • geauxshawx - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:49 AM

        Hint: only the one WITHOUT a ring is in HoF. QED, it don’t necessarily mean a thing even with two rings!

  5. islander75 - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    rangers should be able to play free of any pressure tonight despite the fact facing elimination. when you’re down 3 games to none there isn’t much left to lose.

    but for LA there is definetely a lot to lose right now. i don’t know…there have been so many comebacks and turnarounds in this years playoff edition…i woulnd’t count the rangers out yet

  6. sjsharks66 - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    pirovash88 that is basically what I said. The hardest team they played was the Blues. It’s been said many times that the Kings first run at the cup was pretty easy. That their only real competition was The Blues. No reason to get worked up about it. Tonight the Kings probably take their second cup in 3 years. That’s impressive and you can’t discredit that fact. Still can’t stand the Kings or their fans but if they pull out a win tonight I will be one of the first people on here to say congratulations.

  7. ronniethec - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    I guess the fact that 2 years ago the Kings took the team that won the presidents trophy in 5 games did not mean too much. The Sharks, in reality, have never done anything. Even the Crapitals made the finals once. Sharks have only one hope…move to Seattle, change their name, change those awful colors and get rid of that absurd logo. (A new coach and GM may help)

  8. sjsharks66 - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    I keep reading Shawx with a heavy NY accent… Please tell me that is the case. If so, it’s great. Haha

    • geauxshawx - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:51 AM

      Try Bahston… Queer, huh?

      • geauxshawx - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        Sorry y’all. Old school European word means different things to different people. Shoulda said “weird” but can’t edit post. Just meant weird for Bahstonian transplant to be Shawx fan…

  9. sjsharks66 - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    I guess, his name will still be in the books and possibly a spot in the HOF. Successful career with or without the cup. I guess I am more of a half glass full kind of guy.

    • geauxshawx - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:54 AM

      Yup. See my comments above, re: Jim Plunkett with two rings, Dan Marino with none, but in HoF.

  10. gohawks7 - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    I knew the Sharks were in trouble the second Vlasic went down with an injury and they didn’t do anything about it. Oh….except put their tails between their legs the rest of the series.

    EVERY team to show their teeth against the Sharks in the playoffs beats them.

    • geauxshawx - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:03 AM

      You mean an ILLEGAL HIT? Retaliation wouldn’t get Vlasic back on the ice. And whenever Shawx do it (i.e. Torres last year), they get historic “entire series” suspension.

  11. 34defense2014 - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Hey islander75!!! What kind of Islanders fan are you?!?!? Don’t count the Rangers out just yet?? WHAT?!?? From one true Islander fan to all you great King FANS!!! Knock there blocks off!! You’re team is awesome!!! Good for you guys!! Hey, islander75! You should turn in your orange and white for Rags blue!!!

  12. pantherpro - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Kings fans must be Dodger fans too, eh? In. Others words lame. The cup in LA? Weak.! Sharks fans dominate you clowns! You’ll get what you deserve next year Kings,

    Becker/ Goldie Hawn/ Tyler/Matty Perry/Hater

    • cybernetikghost - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      Why would it be a surprise if Kings fans were Dodger fans? They are both major sports in LA. You sound like a Sharks fan after game 3. Aren’t you guys tired of this “we’ll get ‘em next year” mentality?

      • geauxshawx - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:56 AM

        This from a fan of a team that took OVER FORTY YEARS to get theirs…

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