Kings eye Stoll sub, Sharks aim at Quick

Brad Richardson, top, appears he will be facing off against the San Jose Sharks again. Noah Graham/Getty Images

LOS ANGELES -- Center Brad Richardson is the most likely player to be inserted into the Los Angeles Kings' lineup Thursday night for Game 2 to replace the injured Jarret Stoll.

“If that’s the case, I’m excited to get back in there,” Richardson said Wednesday after practice. “Big shoes to fill, but I’m excited to do that.

“I’ve played in the playoffs before, got some experience last year, I can draw on those times, have fun and play hard.”

For the San Jose Sharks, head coach Todd McLellan will need to find a replacement for second-line winger Raffi Torres, whose hit on Stoll led to his suspension pending a hearing at noon ET Thursday in New York (the 27-year-old Tim Kennedy is a good bet).

“If Raffi can't play, we've got other people that we can put in,” McLellan said Wednesday. “We'll look at our lines. We'll look at how we can best use those people. There's been a number of players who have been skating and have been waiting for this opportunity. If it does come to that, we feel confident.”

Injured winger Martin Havlat continues to skate but doesn’t appear ready yet.

“I would venture to guess no,” McLellan said.


The Kings were outshot 16-4 in the third period Tuesday night. But Kings head coach Darryl Sutter wasn’t overly concerned that the Kings seemed to be under siege, saying it’s natural for San Jose to have pushed like it did given the score.

“It’s playoff hockey. We take a 2-0 lead into the third period and it’s basically even till then, power play, shots, really dead even game, and then you need your goalie to make some big saves,” Sutter said. “If we were down 2-0, we’d be pushing too.

“You have to be able to manage that, and we always do.”


The Sharks found out in Game 1 what the Blues dealt with in the previous round.

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick is back to his Conn Smythe self.

“He's a world-class goalie,” Sharks center Joe Thornton said. “He played well in Game 1. We'll just keep firing pucks in and hopefully a couple can sneak by him.”

“We had some good looks,” added Sharks forward Joe Pavelski. “We had some great chances. One or two of those can go in just as easy. We didn't give up much, but their chances, they capitalized on and they got the win. We have to play that same defensive style we had and compete, and there's a few areas of the game that we can be a little faster.”

Sharks center Logan Couture said creating more traffic in front of Quick is paramount heading into Game 2.

“More traffic, more shots in succession,” Couture said. “He's aggressive, he comes out of the blue and takes a lot of the lower net away, so shoot off him and (get) rebounds …

“He's in a zone right now. He's playing great. He's seeing everything. He's compact with the puck -- it's hitting him and it's not coming off him. But we have to find a way. In the St. Louis series, they were saying the same things that I'm saying right now. We've gotta find a way to score.”