I've seen you admit that there are ebbs and flows to an NHL season, and a game is no different. A team is not going to dominate a game for 60 minutes. As the last few minutes of the first and the first couple of the second show, the Sharks will get their chances.
... If they do, I have to believe that Quick (and the Kings' defense) will be up to the challenge. I don't expect the Kings to dominate the entire 60 minutes, but when it's said and done they will have likely out-played their opponent tonight, and that's all I can ask for - especially on the road.
I don't really understand why Richardson was so upset. That was as clean as it gets. I'm glad he didn't completely lose it and draw an instigator.
... Yep, the players in the league have definitely become more sensitive to clean hits. It's ridiculous that there has to be a scrum/fight after every one of them. It's not "old time hockey" at all, and it kills the flow of the game. Used to be that people took hits, got the number, and tried to get them back at a later time in the game.