The view from San Jose - LA Kings Insider

Moral victories mean nothing in the standings, but the Kings played a far better game against San Jose than the Sharks’ recent opponents. The Sharks had scored a total of 15 goals in their previous three games, but thanks largely to the efforts of goalie Jonathan Quick, the Sharks were held to one goal. Bottom line, though, is that the Sharks extended their winning streak to four games and pulled another point ahead of the Kings in the Pacific Division. Here’s how the San Jose Mercury News covered last night’s game, followed by some additional postgame quotes from the Sharks’ locker room…

San Jose Mercury News’ Sharks coverage


(on the Kings…) “I expected a tough game from them. Even without the coaching change, they have always played us hard. (It always) seems to be a one-goal game. They are a very good defensive team. Shots and chances were at a premium, and I didn’t expect any different from them. I’m happy we were able to find one in the shootout.”

(on the goalies’ play…) “I thought both goaltenders were really sharp. You don’t see a lot of 1-1 games that are that tight, and they both played well and both goaltenders performed well in the shootout. Ours was lucky enough to get one more save than theirs.”

(on the penalty that led to the Kings’ goal…) “In my opinion, Logan established his ice and (Dustin) Brown ran into him. The question that I would have is, if Logan went down, would Brown get a penalty for hitting Logan?”


(on the game…) “Our fans get into these kinds of games and so do we. It was an all-around good game. I think in the third period we probably outplayed them a little bit, but (a) good 65 minutes by both teams.”

(on the Sharks’ offense…) “We had some good chances we just didn’t finish but the chances are there and as long as we keep shooting the puck it will eventually go in.”


(on his goal…) “(The Kings) are a great defensive team they don’t really give up many chances. To find a soft spot like that doesn’t happen very often. (Ryane) Clowe made a great feed to me and I was able to get a lot on it.”

(on the low-scoring game…) “Every game is like that. They are a great defensive team. They’re good on the forecheck, they play hard, (and) we expect to battle like that every time if we are in their building or in ours.”


(on beating Quick in the shootout…) “I’m not sure how many times I’ve went against him; I think he might have stopped me once and I’ve scored on him once, but I went to the same move. I felt pretty confident on that forehand move because of the fact it’s worked a couple times this year.”

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#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


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#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

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Handedness: Left


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Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


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#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


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Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


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Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


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