Quotes from Sharks locker room after 5-2 loss in LA

After getting beat the night before by the Anaheim Ducks on home ice, the Sharks didn’t fare any better in Los Angeles. Martin Havlat, recently back from injury, did his best to help San Jose – contributing with their first goal and latter adding and assist – but, it wasn’t nearly enough to keep up with the Kings offense. The two teams played a fairly even first period and it was tied 1-1 after 20 minutes. However the Kings dominated the last 30 minutes of regulation and won 5-2.

Here’s what they were saying back in the locker room…

Coach Todd McLellan on the overall game – “I thought our effort was much better tonight than it was last night. They’re a good team and when you look at the game I thought we had a fairly good start, a good first period, against a team that was rested and ready to play at home…They played a very hard second period. When we regrouped I thought we came out in the third [period] and had some jump on the penalties and it just hurt us. We can’t put ourselves in that situation against a team like this. Even after that we had some push back in our game. The effort was better tonight than it was last night if we are comparing the two games.”

McLellan on the difference between the two teams – “I thought they were harder along the boards, they won more board battles, they came up with loose pucks on their fore-check more than we came up with ours. They used their size and they used their board play to their advantage, especially in the second period that wore us out a little bit. They knew we played the night before. We regrouped between periods and we came out with the energy that we needed but the penalties really hurt us.”

Defenseman Dan Boyle (who scored the Sharks second goal, early in the third period) on the difference between the two teams tonight – “Their effort, probably, especially in the second [period]. They were all over us and were in our zone the whole time. They just had a better jump than we did, or desperation probably.”

Boyle on the penalties called – “It’s tough to give up that much time on the power play. [With] 5-on-3 and 4-on-3, it’s tough to kill for that long. We came back with a big second goal, but their fourth [goal] probably killed us.”

Boyle on the effort displayed – “Both teams are trying. I’m not saying that we aren’t trying; I just want to be clear on that. They were probably trying harder…You work as hard as you can; (but) you need everybody. I think when we have guys going and others aren’t that isn’t going to work at this time of year. We need everybody—six D men, our goalie, all four lines; no matter if you play five minutes or 25 minutes you have to show up.”

The teams have now met four times this season, with the home side winning every contest. They’ll face-off two more times, in LA again on April 5 and then in San Jose (for the final game of the regular season) on April 7.

Update: Did Havlat give a rude hand gesture to the Kings fans after he scored? Full story here.

Recent Articles

Team Penner v Mayor NHL ASG 2015

The Return of Dustin Penner

It’s time. Dustin Penner is making his return to the world of hockey. Before you get all nitpicky about the title of this article, just wait. It got you here, didn’t it? And who doesn’t love a good Penner story? Since landing in Los Angeles back in 2011, MayorsManor has been one of his favorite […]

Sharkie-Bailey-NHL-hockey-S

Puck Probability: Predictions for Kings at Sharks, with a twist

Hopefully you’re sitting down for this one. During the 2011 playoffs, Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News wrote a disparaging article about L.A. fans and Staples Center. With the Kings and Sharks tied at one game each in their best-of-seven series – and the Kings coming off a 4-0 shutout in San Jose […]

Yellow Horn Ontario Reign v Bulls

Kings Appear Closer to Putting ECHL Team in Manchester

Expect the AHL West stories to ramp up in the coming days. While our sources indicate a formal announcement is not likely before next week, both the ECHL and AHL have Board of Governors meetings during their respective All Star Game festivities this week. How the plan impacts both leagues will be discussed, thus small […]

Major News Items

MayorsManor Prospect Rankings 2015 Midseason

LA Kings 2014-15 Midseason Prospect Rankings: No. 6-10

Yesterday, we rolled out the initial article in our three-part series looking at the midseason updates to the LA Kings top 10 prospects list. Already served up were three honorable mentions – defensemen Kevin Gravel, … [Read More...]

More Prospect News