Here’s what Kings coach Darryl Sutter said when asked about a 4-3 victory that gave them a 2-0 lead over the San Jose Sharks in their best-of-7 second-round series: “You have to win a lot of different ways. I don’t think there’s a consistent pattern to it at all. It’s like taking tonight and going to the last game. What was the difference between tonight and last game? I didn’t like how many penalties we took. Our penalty-killing did a good job. The power play came through for us. But every game is different.”
Dustin Brown pounced on a loose puck and swatted it into the back of the net with 1 minute, 43 seconds remaining in the third period of Game 2 of the Kings’ second-round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night at Staples Center.
Trevor Lewis guided a long rebound into the net from the left wing with 1:21 remaining in what became an improbable 4-3 come-from-behind victory for the Kings over the Sharks in the game and a two-games-to-none lead in the best-of-7 series.
and the Sharks’ repeat offender is suspended for the rest of the Western Conference semifinals. That means it could be a maximum of seven games if the series goes that far. It could be a minimum of three games if the Kings were to sweep. The Kings won
Game 1 2-0 on Tuesday. Torres had a hearing at the NHL headquarters in New York today. He was suspended for an illegal hit to the head. Torres hit Jarret Stoll at 19:02 in the second period of Game 1. Stoll didn’t return to the game and is out.
Kings coach Darryl Sutter likes center Brad Richardson’s game. He had no second thoughts about inserting him into Jarret Stoll’s spot on the third line. But since Richardson plays a position at which the Kings have an embarrassment of riches, Sutter spent most of the regular season scratching him from the lineup.
Brad Richardson went from bystander to participant with one illegal check earlier this week. Richardson went from being an extra player on the Kings’ roster, staying late after practices with the minor-league call-ups, to filling a critical role in the lineup after veteran center Jarret Stoll was injured.
Here’s a blog entry from our sister paper, the San Jose Mercury News:
The reaction was a mix of disbelief and frustration Wednesday as the Sharks dealt with the fact they may not have Raffi Torres in their lineup for a while.
Here’s more from Kings captain Dustin Brown after Wednesday’s practice:
Team captain Dustin Brown offered his opinions on all things relating to the Raffi Torres-Jarret Stoll incident in the second period of the Kings’ 2-0 victory over the Sharks on Tuesday. Brown gave a level-headed assessment of the play and the possible ramifications when the teams meet for Game 2 on Thursday night. He was calm, cool and collected as he spoke to reporters after Wednesday’s practice.
Kings coach Darryl Sutter delivered the news Wednesday in his usual quirky manner. When asked for an update on injured center Jarret Stoll, Sutter said simply, “Missing in action.” When asked whether Stoll might be sidelined long-term by an apparent upper-body injury, Sutter asked, “How long is the series?”
“I really don’t know,” Sutter added.