Kings vs Sharks – Game Five Playoff Photos

Earlier in the series Jon from sharkspage.com – the Bay Area’s longest running hockey blog – was kind enough to pass over some photos from games one and two between the Kings and Sharks (linked here: game one and game two).
Below are some shots he took during game five on Saturday night, featuring: Drew Doughty, Jack […]

Doughty says Kings will ‘do anything to win’ game five

Doughty cleared out in Game 2

Over the last 36 hours, much has been about Drew Doughty‘s exchange with Scott Nichol in game four – which led to a power play goal for the Sharks.
Yet, that wasn’t the only target of Doughty’s verbal assault on Thursday night. He also spent plenty of time in the face […]

Alec Martinez is looking to stay on his feet in game five

Early in game four the Kings saw Dustin Brown and Matt Greene sitting in the penalty box together, giving the Sharks a two-man advantage and a good chance for some first period momentum.
While San Jose failed to score before things returned to 5-on-5 play, they did plenty of it later – posting three goals in […]

Is opportunity knocking on Trevor Lewis’ door?

Rookie or not, Trevor Lewis has been a valuable piece of the Kings arsenal this season.
Used mostly as a defensive forward, he’s occasionally moved up to a higher profile line and did so again in game two (when Jarret Stoll was out).
During the regular season he averaged 11:29 of ice time per game – and […]

Smyth’s been here before with a few of these guys

Last hour, Willie Mitchell shared his experience of being down 3-1 in two different playoff series back in 2003.
Well, at least four other Kings players have been there as well – and it was all in the same series, the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals between Carolina and Edmonton.
The Hurricanes had jumped out to a 3-1 […]

Willie Mitchell has seen this all before

photo courtesy of www.sharkspage.com 

When you talk to a professional athlete about their team’s performance you’re never quite sure what you’re going to get.
Will it be full of cliches and other non answers? Will the response include deflection, praise for the other team or even back-handed compliments?
With Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell it’s been the same thing […]

Matt Greene on what’s needed right now

Prior to the series with San Jose starting last week, most felt the Kings strength was their defense and the offense was going to need all the help it could get.
Well, for the most part, things have played out the exact opposite.
Through four games, the team has scored 14 goals, an average of 3.5 goals per […]

Dustin Penner is a man of few words these days

Ah, it was a much simpler time.
All the way back to February 28th.
Kings GM Dean Lombardi took a big swing and traded three assets for left wing Dustin Penner.
It was partly a sign of confidence in what his hockey club was capable of doing down the stretch and equally necessary given the lack of scoring […]

Which Kings player will get off first?

The Kings have scored first in two of the three playoff games with the Sharks.
And they have a 1-1 record to show for it.
Still, when game four gets underway tonight, the coaches, the players and the fans will all be looking for the Kings to score first and take control early. They’ll need to win […]

Coach Terry Murray on Westgarth 2.0

Last hour we looked at the evolving – and improving – game of Kevin Westgarth through the first three games of the series with San Jose.
Before the playoffs started, I asked coach Terry Murray if he expected to play Westgarth the entire series, to which he responded “No, probably not. He might play in the […]