The Kings get a second chance at home and can send this series to the Tank. Win tonight and they come back to Los Angeles again, no matter what. The Kingdom will have their back tonight, the Kings must bring the upset shadow to loom over Staples Center and the Sharks.
Speaking of Staples Center and the Kingdom… one last note. A follow-up on Tuesday’s story. Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News is not letting this go. Pride is the word I have for the showing Staples gave the Kings Tuesday night. Even at the end, when the Kings had been defeated. The crowd was loud, supportive and furious. However, Purdy said the following in the above linked column:
The Staples noise didn’t equal the ear-stabbing sounds of playoff games in, say, Calgary or Chicago. It was more Anaheim-esque or Colorado-esque … loud enough to give the first period some jump. Although as it turned out, the Sharks were quite capable of stumbling over themselves with or without the crowd’s help.
Now, it isn’t a full blown article on the ineptitude of Staples Center or the crowd that fills it. But still, when the Sharks should be praised on a serious come back, one of their beat reporters feels it necessary to harp on the reaction (or lack their of, by the Kingdom). I wonder if this is insulting to the Sharks, at all?
Not to mention, not that I expect it, it could have been nice to give the crowd a bit of credit. At one point a sentence alluding to the crowds frenzy was mentioned. However it was blamed on being only the fourth home playoff game in nine years. Really? Thanks.
Tonight the Kings have a second chance to show the Sharks which team is to be dealt with for the rest of this series, at home. However, the Kingdom doesn’t need a second chance. They just get to do what they’ve always done again, and they will.