Kings right wing Justin Williams talked Monday about the need to make life more difficult for San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi in Game 4 of the teams’ second-round playoff series Tuesday night. He also spoke about great efficiency on the power-play.
“You can see it when he looks at his defensemen, when he smashes his stick down,” Williams said of trying to unsettle Niemi in Game 4 “Just like any other player on the ice, you can tell when he’s frustrated. You don’t want to give it away. We haven’t seen much of that from Niemi, so that’s our problem.”
Clicking on the power play certainly could ease the Kings’ scoring burden. They are only 5 for 24 for a 20.8 percent success rate with the man-advantage during the playoffs, which includes the tying and winning goals in their 4-3 victory over the Sharks in Game 2.
“Sometimes you might not get a lot of opportunities, but when you do, you need to create something, whether it be momentum for your team or getting the goalie a little uncomfortable,” Williams said. “Something needs to go your way when you have a man-advantage.
“And we do need to create penalties. I don’t think we’ve done enough. I don’t think we’ve gone to the net enough and had calls go our way. Put our noses down and go to the net and make someone haul you down, those types of penalties are what we’re going to look to do as well.”