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05-01-2011, 05:04 PM
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The Sharks got 46 shots on goal against Detroit in game 1.
Many of the games in the LA/SJ series went to overtime, which will result in higher shot totals.
The Kings outscored the Sharks in the series (21 to 19), thus LA spent a significant amount of time holding the lead. Teams give up more shots when they're holding the lead, it's the nature of the beast.
San Jose also led the entire league in shots per game during the regular season, so getting a lot of shots on goal is part of their identity.
So with all that being said, I don't really think the Sharks high shot totals are that much of an indictment of the Kings play. As an example, the 52 shots given up in game 5 were, for the most part, of very low quality.
The Kings also finished 3rd overall in the NHL with 27.9 shots against average during the regular season. The number of shots they allowed in the series was uncharacteristic of the team. The Kings blowing further adds to the critique that the team fell apart defensively, as they had opportunities to win games but turned out to be their own worst enemy.
I think the shot totals allowed by the Kings reveals a lot about their lack of puck possession and how much time the game was spent in LA's zone. The Kings were opportunistic of the chances they did have to score, however, they were not as strong in defending a lead or keeping the puck out of their zone for an extended period of time.
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