What they're saying in L.A. after Sharks' comeback

What they're saying in L.A. after Sharks' comeback
April 20, 2011, 6:09 pm
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CSNBayArea.com staff

If you think Northern California hockey fans are reeling from the Sharks' spectacular comeback Tuesday night, you can imagine what the scene is in SoCal, where the Kings coughed up a four-goal lead en route to an overtime loss in Game 3. We know Devin Setoguchi's goal ended the game, but what did it mean for the series? Here's a sampling from Los Angeles-area media in the aftermath of San Jose's big win.

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This was a team collapse, a failure that won't be easy to forget. ....
Matt Greene insisted this defeat was like any other, but the truth of that won't become evident until Thursday. And even then, who will trust the Kings to hold a lead after this?
"It doesn't matter how we got there. It's just a loss. That's it," Greene said. "We're down, 2-1, in the series and we've got to come back on Thursday and even this thing up."
It will be a defining moment, one way or another.
Helene Elliott
Los Angeles Times

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While the practical consequences of a one-game deficit in the series hardly are dire, the emotional consequences of Tuesday's loss might run deeper.
"We played a good first (period)," Kings captain Dustin Brown said, "but it's playoffs and we didn't do the things that made us successful for the first two games."
J.P. Hoornstra
L.A. Daily News

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The way the Kings respond in Game 4 will prove much. Kings fans will be ready Thursday, much like they were Tuesday, and the Kings delivered early in an impressive style.
They just didn't deliver late.
Jill PainterL.A. Daily News

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The San Jose comeback doused all the doubts about the Sharks melting in the spring like a snowdrift.
The Sharks had dredged up that issue themselves on Saturday by losing Game 2, 4-0, even though the Kings' Jarret Stoll was suspended, and in fact San Jose was outplayed in the final two periods of its Game 1 victory.
This is a dynamic machine that has U.S. Olympian Joe Pavelski centering the third line.
The Sharks had seven players this year with 20 or more goals, and seven with 50 or more points (Nashville's two scoring leaders had 50 points, by comparison). The Sharks also were second in power-play percentage and had the best shots-on-goal differential in the league.
Mark WhickerOrange County Register