After building a deserved 4-0 lead in the first period, the Kings reverted to their old ways. They sat back in period two and watched a great game happen. I thought, in hope, that it was the dreaded second period curse and that ending in a tie, it would be nothing more then what Kings team showed up in the third. I even calmly explained this to many friends.
However, the third period went further back to what most of the season has brought the Kingdom. The team that we have watched, celebrated and have often been happily surprised by? They went home. I’m sorry if that sounds shocked but they did. I’m not going to give you stats because it just isn’t necessary. They didn’t skate. The defense left Jonathan Quick so far out to dry that not one person in my section complained of a soft goal (first time EVER) With a lesser goaltender? Overtime doesn’t happen. The hitting, blocking shots, taking shots? Non-existent.
Worse yet? The Sharks didn’t look that great either. Looking at the play in the third? Neither team wanted to win. Seemed like a game of hot potato. The Kings should have, could have stepped up and won it behind Quick. Simply because, as predicted, Quick is outplaying Antti Niemi, every shot made.
With this, all I can say about tonight’s game is the following: it is pivotal. The Kings must consciously decide which team will take the ice tonight. The Sharks have seen two completely different teams. One is extremely beatable and one is an upset shadow breathing down their necks.