#81 KINGS v SHARKS, 4/5/12, OT Loss T&T ... Sharks steal one @ Staples
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04-06-2012, 03:06 AM
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This game should not have gone to a shootout. In all honesty, the Kings outplayed the Sharks, but they beat themselves with their lazy/stupid penalties that they committed along with some questionable decision making that the Sharks capitalized on. Quick had a very poor game, it was apparent from the very first goal he let in. Can't count on him to bail the team out every night, however, this better not creep up in the playoffs for a third consecutive year.
The Kings prove once again, just like they did last year in the playoffs, that they can take the Sharks. They need to be smarter and sharper, stay out of the box, try not to shoot into a Sharks players' shin pads when he is standing directly in front of you, and clean up the PK. Quick's penalty on Moore was unnecessary and proved to be the turning point of the game. Put this loss behind them and move on to the next game and earn those two points to capture the Division title (with Phoenix hopefully losing one of their next two).
My thoughts as well. The Kings did what they have done frequently in the recent past when at a critical moment in a big game: they lost focus. You could see it happen, multiple times in the game but most crucially after they made it 3-1. You could see them collectively say "we've got this." And then reality came back and bit them in the ass.
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