Sharks' stars silent again in Game 2
"Yeah, we got to get a bit more offensive time," Marleau said after the game. "We've had some shots, but we have to get to the net and get those second chances and find a way to score."
Sharks coach Todd McLellan found it difficult to harp on just that one line on a night when nothing worked. Los Angeles beat San Jose 4-0 to even the series at 1.
"I'm not so much worried about an individual line, I'm disappointed in our team," said McLellan. "When you look at our game per say, it was hard to find two or three guys that really competed at the level that they needed to. So we can talk about Joe's line if you like, but I like to look at the team as a whole and obviously we need to be better in a lot of different areas."
The Kings are winning the special-teams battle through two games. Los Angeles is 3-for-9 on the power play, while the Sharks, which ranked second in the NHL in the regular season with the man advantage, is 0-for-7. The Kings' penalty kill deserves huge credit, blocking shots, closing lanes and making smart decisions. There's a reason the Kings were fourth on the PK in the regular season.
It's uncanny. When answering a question about how the Kings would compete without suspended center Jarret Stoll and injured star center Anze Kopitar, Kings winger Ryan Smyth was saying after the morning skate Saturday that good teams find a way to respond against adversity.
"I thought tonight was a big step for our hockey club," said Captain Canada, who was terrific with his work along the boards. "We were missing a few key guys and I thought it wasn't just one or two key guys stepping up, but everybody. And it started in our own zone."
"Very undisciplined as far as penalties go," said McLellan. "You can't do that. We have to understand where we are at this time of year. Taking liberties and trying to get away with things, it doesn't happen now. It really comes back to cost you, and it did tonight."
Braun steps in
"I thought he was maybe one of our better defensemen," said McLellan. "He kept the game simple. He was very competitive. He moved the puck and didn't try to overhandle it. He was fine. He wasn't the root cause of anything that went wrong for us tonight."