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.
San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan outperformed Kings counterpart Darryl Sutter after Game 1. So we have a guest for our quote of the night
“We have to find ways to score,” San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. “We have to make it harder on them. All the cliches, I can stand up here and use them all. But it’s about getting it done. When the night ends, you have to have the job done.
“You can have as many good looks as you want. You can be in alone. You have to find ways to finish and we have players who are very capable of doing that. We have players who are capable of scoring greasy, dirty, playoff-style goals.”