Sharks notebook: Killer instinct required

April 23, 2011, 11:16 pm
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It was a mandatory skate for the Sharks this morning, as Todd McLellan ran a more complete practice after staying away from the ice yesterday.
There was a lot of talk about having a "killer instinct" and ending this series at home, while the Sharks have the opportunity:
Todd McLellan: The big thing will be the mental preparation, showing up to the game with your work boots on and being prepared to meet their challenge, they're going to play loose, throw everything they have at us, and if we let up or take our foot off the gas pedal for any little bit, it's going to cost us.Dan Boyle: When you have the opportunity to win that 4th game, you've got to take advantage of it. We're at home, we dont want to have to get back on a plane go back there and fight for another 60 minutes you want to take care of business when you can, get the extra rest, but you have got to take advantage of it, when you can put a team away you've got to put them away.
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Joe Thornton: Weve known all year you know weve got incredible depth, and we feel like our top 3 lines can play against any top 3 lines in the league. So when you have good depth like that, its a luxury to have and hopefully we can continue it.

The Sharks offense has been as potent as ever in the last two games, and 12 seems to be the magic number. Twelve Sharks on the score sheet each of the last two games, tallying a total of 12 goals in the pair of contests in Los Angeles. Depth breeds confidence with this San Jose team:
Joe Pavelski: Obviously its nice, its what it takes, we have different lines stepping up at different times, and thats led to good road play to be honest. And scoring goals that way and the power play hasnt quite produced like it can but we have definitely had more momentum off it and been a little more dangerous.LA has totally scrambled their lines, things will stay almost identical for the Sharks lineup. NEWS: Kings frantically rework their Game 5 lines

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