Previewing the Los Angeles Kings' 2013-14 West Quarter-Final:
Game 3 vs. San Jose
April 22, 2014
7pm PST (10pm EST)
SJ leads series 2-0
I cannot recall a time when this group was outplayed as badly as they were in the first two games in San Jose. But that was the case for the Los Angeles Kings who fell 6-3 in Game 1 only to be defeated by a 7-2 score in Game 2. If there is any solace, it is that home-ice advantage has dominated this series dating back to last spring's Western Semi matchup. The Kings only hope being at home for Game 3 will put them back into this series.
In Game 1, they started slow but finished great. In Game 2, they got out to a fast start in the first period. But then, the wheels came off for the Los Angeles Kings. The usually-reliable defensive unit turned non-existent, netminder Jonathan Quick wasn't much better allowing an unheard-of 12 goals in two games while the silver-and-black got outshot and outhit, two categories they usually dominate in. With all said, however, the San Jose Sharks played their best hockey thus far, firing on all cylinders while making the Kings look like, for lack of a better term, amateurs.
From anger to frustration to shock, Game 2 ended with many Los Angeles fans wondering what went wrong. But in Game 3, they will have the 7th man in their corner as this series shifts to Staples Center, where the Kings have defeated the Sharks in eight-straight contests. As ugly as the end results of the first two games were, the Kings just need a win on Tuesday and they are right back in this series.
While both Jake Muzzin and Trevor Lewis scored for Los Angeles on Sunday, they were arguably the only two productive Kings. While they hope for more success from the duo, the Kings can only hope for a more team-oriented effort which hopefully means a shift in the hits department.
For Kings fans, Tuesday night cannot arrive fast enough. Let's just hope it will be worth the wait.
Enjoy the game!