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 the second and another three in the third.
Then, trailing 6-3 late in the game, the Kings found themselves with their own two-man advantage – something they couldn’t capitalize on either.
However, it was the first of the Sharks penalties in that sequence that had coach Terry Murray particularly hot – calling Dany Heatley‘s tripping of defenseman Alec Martinez ‘gutless.’
After waiting a day, to let the emotions simmer down a bit, here’s what Martinez had to say about the play – “I was just going back for the puck. I thought I made the play to Greener and then I just tried to turn up ice and he took my feet out. So, I don’t know. I, obviously, had my back to the play. I just got up and tried to join the rush because I knew we probably had the delayed penalty. That’s just playoff hockey. We just have to make it known that they can’t be doing that kind of thing.”
Murray was a little more adamant about it at the time, saying it was a slew foot – “That’s where you break your leg. That’s where you blow your knee out. I hate that play. That’s a gutless move in my mind. You just don’t do that in hockey.”