March 23, 2011 5:40 pm

Sharks swim to top of division

The Kings have faced the San Jose Sharks four times this season, but they shouldn’t bother studying the game film too closely. The Sharks were treading water for the first three months of season, but since Jan. 13 they have been on fire, with a 21-4-3 record that has carried them to the top of the Pacific Division. The Kings are 2-2 against the Sharks this season, most recently beating them 3-2 in a shootout on Jan. 26 at Staples Center, but the Sharks take a three-game winning streak into tonight’s home game against Calgary had have totaled 14 goals in their last three games. Terry Murray said he planned to watch tonight’s Sharks-Flames game…

MURRAY: “As you go through it, the process of maturing as a team, it does come down to the execution, when you come down to a time, in playoff situations, where you get tested time and again. You get great awareness of what it is that you need to do every night in order to make a big push. It’s just a process. You see it so many times with young hockey clubs. You take a step backward, you take two ahead, and you just go through it. They seem to be coming to their time right now, where it is their opportunity to put it all together. They’ve got a lot of experience, world-class players, a top line, a good back end, and they’re just making the big push and they know how to do it right now.”

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