While the goal itself was nice, everything leading up to it showed the desperation Los Angeles needed to get the important Game 3 win.
Fans are hoping the team will clinch the series at home and close it in San Jose.
“You’ve got some Stanley Cup champions there.” he said. “We know what to expect from him”. We’re in a good spot.
The Sharks allowed a first-period power-play goal to Anze Kopitar but killed off the next two Kings chances with the man advantage, including a faceoff violation call against Chris Tierney that bridged the second and third periods. Jonathan Quick made 29 saves in the win. And while everyone would still be asking about their epic collapse of two seasons ago, nobody would believe for a second that it could happen again. It doesn’t look good in real time or on video the next day.
The second period saw only six shots from the Kings, and eleven by the home side. You’ve just got to produce…. The Sharks certainly got a few good looks early in the period, but it didn’t take long for the game-changer to emerge.
And well they should.
The Kings answered not much later, thankfully.
Coach Boudreau did not switch goalies because Gibson was doing bad, but rather he switched goalies because that is what he did in the regular season and wants to stick with his plan he has of using both goalies in the playoffs.
“We’re getting some opportunities”, Toffoli said Monday, “but we have to hit the net, create some noise in front and bear down”.
One would think that this game was all about offense because they scored three goals yet it was all because of the teams focus on defense on why they won this game.
Ward has two assists in the first three games of the series and has 37 points in 56 career playoff games.
Win the special teams battle, win the game.
The message has been received, loudly and clearly.
As a result, the Sharks fourth line received just one full shift together after the second period in Game 3. On the powerplay at 9:15, from Lucic Slashing against Justin Braun, Quick made an incredibly lucky save on a Logan Couture shot.
“It’s a tight series”, he said.
Outside of Kopitar, the players that are supposed to do the heavy lifting for Los Angeles did so in Game 3. “That’s what our mindset was coming up here; we accomplished that tonight”.
“We’re confident. I mean, we’re up 2-1 in the series”. Monday’s game shouldn’t have gone into overtime. “We have a great opportunity ahead of us”. “Went back and forth both ways”. Overall, this could be an effort that may swing the momentum their way as they move towards Game 4. The Sharks went 0 for 5 on the power play through three periods, which included two chances in the third period.
“When there’s concerts going on, basketball games, things going in and out of arenas, the ice is never gonna be ‘absolutely ideal, ‘” San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon said. “They’re a tough team, they’ve won some championships, they’ve got a lot of guys over there who carried them to those championships”.
“The deeper in the playoffs the better for us”, said Henry’s Hi-Life General Manager Dan Navarro.
“The focus stays the same”, Pearson said. “We’ve got more to give”. They will also need the continued steadiness of Martin Jones, who has stopped the shots he should be stopping through the first three games of this series.
The Kings blocked a bunch on the Sharks’ power-play, closing up lanes. Season ticket holder Anne Van Leeuwen is looking to forget 2014 when the Sharks blew a 3-0 series lead against the Kings. The rest of us are just transcribing. It’s what makes us successful.
NOTES: The Kings had lost all five previous playoff OT games against the Sharks….
“I’m excited”, said Sheri Falcone of San Jose.