No question, the Kings played a sloppy game with the puck in Game 1 against the San Jose Sharks, giving up the puck frequently in their own half of the ice. The Sharks capitalized again and again while building a 3-0 lead after the first period and a 5-0 advantage after the second en route to a 6-3 victory Thursday.
“We’re not going to beat San Jose trying to score four goals, that’s for sure,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said after the team held an optional morning skate Sunday at the SAP Center. Sutter’s message to the team going into Game 2?
“I think, first off, when you’re starting on the road and you’re in a building with one of the best teams in the league at home, it’s not going to be easy,” he said. “You ain’t going to steal it, that’s for sure. You ain’t going to surprise nobody. You line up and make sure you play really well.
“That’s what we talked about after last game. It’s an awesome building to play in. That’s what it is. Good place to play. You’ve got to be ready to play. Break it down, if you want to take it from a team standpoint, your top players have to be a little more on top of it and that’s right through your lineup.”