Clifford/Lewis/Richardson outplayed Simmonds. Simmonds looked pretty bad all night. He was trying too hard. While the other three were playing hard nosed hockey, cycling it and hitting hustling, Simmonds was trying to deke through people and use his skill to beat them.
Pretty much my read on it too. It certainly wasn't a lack of effort, just a lack of effectiveness.
Yeah, no goats -- hockey happens -- but Simmonds was guilty of not getting the puck safely in deep more than once, and each time the Sharks shoved it right back in the Kings' faces, as Murray likes to say. I expect there'll be some corrections made.
This has been a year long problem, not just this game.He's been guilty all season long and he [or the coaches] have yet to correct it.
I would have liked to have seen him step aside and give Quick a better look on the GWG. Quick looked like he was screened by Simmonds.