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LOS ANGELES – If there is one part of their game the Los Angeles Kings weren’t pleased with in Game 1, it’s that they gave up 35 shots to the Sharks. In the third period, trailing 2-0, San Jose put 16 on net compared with just four for the Kings.
“We’d come back in our own zone and play that tight little box protecting our home plate. We can’t be doing that,” Drew Doughty said. “We still need to make plays, going forward, and get that one more goal to give us a little extra breathing room. We weren’t happy with that, but I think it’s something that we’re definitely going to learn from, because they were kind of all over us in the third.”
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Rob Scuderi said: “I like the fact that we got the lead, but recently we’ve gotten the lead and been sitting back a little bit. Every time a team is down in the third period, they’re going to have a big push, that’s just how it goes. … Hopefully we can play a more complete 60 minutes tonight.”
Jonathan Quick, of course, stopped every shot he saw in Game 1, recording his second shutout of the postseason in what was Los Angeles’ fifth straight playoff win.
“They had some good quality scoring chances and Jonathan was there to stop them,” Anze Kopitar said. “We want to make sure we tighten up a little bit more and create a little more in the offensive zone.”
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Many people (including me) missed Raffi Torres' hit on Jarret Stoll, as all eyes were pointed in the direction of Doughty moments earlier. The Kings’ star blueliner appeared to be shaken up a bit on a hit behind the net from Patrick Marleau.
Doughty, too, hasn’t yet viewed the controversial play.
“I didn’t even see the Stoll hit, I still have to watch it. It sucks,” he said.
As for the hit from Marleau: “It wasn’t anything bad, just a little hit. I’m fine, good to go.”
The Kings will replace Stoll with Brad Richardson, who played in Game 1 of the Blues series but has been a healthy scratch in the past six games. Richardson is expected to center the third line in Stoll’s place, between Trevor Lewis and Dustin Penner.
Kopitar said: “I don’t think it’s going to be a big difference. Richie has been in the lineup lately, not for the last couple games, but he’s played in the playoffs already and he knows what it takes.”
Richardson, 28, had one goal and five assists for six points and 10 penalty minutes in 16 games with the Kings in the regular season. He had two assists in the final game of the regular season against the Sharks on April 27.
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Doughty had an interesting take on the differences between the Sharks’ top two scoring lines, centered by Joe Thornton and Logan Couture.
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“They are two skilled lines and that’s obvious, but for the Thornton line they like to do certain things in the offensive zone that the Couture line doesn’t do. The Couture line kind of tries to find guys in the slot and get open. Thornton’s line tries to find the back of the net and make plays from behind the net to the front.
“They both play differently in the offensive zone, but on the rush they’re the same. They are two lines we have to pay special attention to, and shut them down if we want to win.”
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Other than Richardson for Stoll, the Kings’ lineup is expected to remain the same for Game 2.
Justin Williams – Anze Kopitar – Dustin Brown
Dwight King – Mike Richards – Jeff Carter
Dustin Penner – Brad Richardson – Trevor Lewis
Jordan Nolan – Colin Fraser – Tyler Toffoli
Robyn Regehr – Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin – Slava Voynov
Rob Scuderi – Alec Martinez