The View from San Jose - LA Kings Insider


David Pollak: Sharks’ collapse complete; Kings win Game 7

On a franchise that has long had the reputation of being playoff failures even after reaching the Western Conference finals in successive years, this was the worst yet.

Daniel Brown: San Jose Sharks power play loses all its steam against Los Angeles Kings

The Sharks went 0 for 4 on the power play in the second period alone. They had two more chances in the final period, but by then the general excitement that followed a power play had lost its charm. Fans grumbled early and often, and it was so quiet inside the normally raucous building that you could hear lone, plaintive cries of: “Shoot it!” The Sharks’ final chance came at 14:58 of the third period, with the team still within reach at 3-1. Instead, it was one final taste of frustration.

Mark Purdy: San Jose Sharks live down to reputation

There is no use piling on the Sharks at this point. They looked sad enough in that handshake line. They looked even sadder in the dressing room when, with no standing to make excuses, none of them tried. They know their reputation as underachievers who lack the killer instinct to ever win a championship.


Kevin Kurz: Rewind: Sharks’ dubious reputation grows after latest failure

The performances of the top players at the tail end of the series only adds fuel to the fire. Marleau, Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture and Brent Burns combined for a grand total of one goal and two assists over the four defeats. None of them found the scoresheet at all in the final three games, as the Sharks got just two goals from James Sheppard and Matt Irwin.

Kevin Kurz: Changes necessary if Sharks are to compete with L.A.

Despite the series going the full seven, McLellan said this latest performance wasn’t nearly as close as 2013. The Sharks scored just two goals in their final three games, getting dominated 18-5 over four consecutive losses.

Ray Ratto: Sharks’ latest playoff disappointment the worst of all

And with this massive system failure, there is no good reason to expect that the fan base will be even remotely as tolerant as it has been in the past, nor should it be. Enough is enough, and in this case, way too little is way too much. San Jose’s continental reputation as a team with a miserable springtime resume is now set in granite, and claiming the Sharks are just a tweak away won’t stand any longer. This is who they are, and this is who they shall remain until they decide to prove otherwise.


Corey Masisak: Kings complete comeback, advance to face Ducks

The Kings became the fourth team in NHL history to win a Stanley Cup Playoff series after losing the first three games, joining the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1942, New York Islanders in 1975 and Philadelphia Flyers in 2010. Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, who were members of that Flyers team, became the first players to do it twice.

Eric Gilmore: Sharks devastated after blowing 3-0 series lead

“We obviously don’t want to hear that kind of stuff, but what are we going to say?” defenseman Brad Stuart said. “We were on the wrong side of history tonight. It’s tough for us to argue with anything that’s said. We let ourselves down, we let the fans down, we let everybody in our organization down. It’s not a good feeling. There’s not really much else you can say about it.”

Eric Gilmore: Failures on power play contribute to Sharks’ demise

The Sharks saved the worst for last. They went 0-for 6 on the power play Wednesday night in a 5-1 loss to the Kings in Game 7 at SAP Center. Four of those power plays came in the second period when the game and series were still up for grabs.


The Neutral: This one’s gonna leave a mark: Sharks complete epic collapse with Game 7 loss

Unfortunately, as much as it rationally should not, the order of the wins does matter. The Sharks coming oh-so-close to sweeping the Kings, setting themselves up for an easier second-round opponent in the process and surely a lengthy playoff run, before dropping four straight to the team that beat them in the playoffs last spring as well…that hurts. And it’s going to hurt for a long, long time. Thornton and Marleau deserved better than this and they’ll get another kick at the can next year with a roster that should be a legitimate Cup contender as long as the Sharks don’t completely overreact to this series and blow everything up. But if it’s getting hard for me to keep doing this every spring, I can’t imagine how hard it’s getting for them.

Rules for Blog Commenting
  • - No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • - Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • - Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • - Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • - Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.
Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

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


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

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


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

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


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

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


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

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


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.