SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 14: Dustin Brown #23 of the Los Angeles Kings flips over Douglas Murray #3 of the San Jose Sharks in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the HP Pavilion on April 14, 2011 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Drew Doughty is trying to do too much. The missed hip-check was unnecessary.
And the interference penalty could have been fatal.
The Kings were nervous in the first period.
Then the Sharks were nervous.
I guess they still are, because Todd McLellan is on "the podium" right now talking about how the non-call on Stoll changed the momentum of the game and allowed the Kings to dominate, the theory being that Stoll takes a lot of face-offs (unfair, he should have been kicked out!) and the Sharks were down to five D.
I take the fact that they're making excuses in a win to be a good sign.
The Sharks are a different team, they say. They're physical now.
I wouldn't be surprised if Stoll gets a game for that.
And if that happens, I predict there will be hits in this series that are worse and go unpunished.
Back to McLellan: his press conference seemed like they had lost. He spent a lot of time explaining, essentially, why they didn't dominate 3/4 of that game.
They didn't dominate because they were contained. They were contained because the Kings got back to the system.
Yes, if the Kings had any power-play at all, they would have been leading after the 1st.
But they don't. So they weren't.
Will the power-play wake up? Maybe if Oscar Moller is dressed.
The problem is, Kevin Westgarth had a great game and almost scored the game-winning goal.
Justin Williams played better than I dared hope he would. And that's a huge upgrade over Williams last year's playoffs.
Jon Quick this year is an upgrade over tired Quick last year.