Post-Game Notes and Quotes, Game 1
Head Coach Darryl Sutter: "First period, chasing the puck. You're not going to beat a team like that chasing the puck."
Darryl Sutter: "Combination (of turnovers and speed). First off, coming into a building like this, you have to be prepared to face a little bit of an onslaught in the first part of the game. And, obviously, we didn't do a good enough job getting our players prepared for that."
Dustin Brown: "I think we weren't ready to start. They're up to a three-nothing lead and sloppy play, turnovers, bad changes, odd man rushes. We probably gave up more odd man rushes in the first period than we have in the last, I don't know (month), yeah. So when you give a team like that opportunities on the odd man, they're going to make you pay, and that's what they did. It was more of the same in the second."
Dustin Brown (on Quick): "He made a lot of huge saves for us tonight. It just happened they had too many grade-A scoring chances. I think the puck came off mine, he was looking one way and it came out the other. We can't give up that opportunity."
Dustin Brown: "I don't know if stunning is the right word, but whatever you want to use as an adjective, it's just a result of us not being ready to play from the get go. Again, we talk about their offensive fire power. When we play into their hand like that, I mean it should be...the score should be that way if we're going to turn the puck over and be sloppy."
Willie Mitchell: "Not a start we wanted, no doubt about that. You know, this club plays well in this building, and in order to have success against them, early on, you've got to do the right things with the puck. We didn't do that and paid the price dearly for it."
Head Coach Todd McLellan: "It was a great game. We won. We'll talk about the third period obviously. We were disappointed with the way we responded there. But for the most part, it was a real good game. And now we leave it alone. It's over. It's done."
Todd McLellan (on the upcoming game Sunday): "Regardless of what the score was, for or against us, we've got to move on now and prepare to get better. And be ready on Sunday. We only have to look back to last year, they went to St.Louis, and got down 2-0 and still came back and won four straight. They are a very good hockey club for a reason. And they showed it in the third period tonight."
Joe Thornton: "It was a weird night. We got fortunate with a couple of those goals."
Joe Thornton (on Desjardins line): "They were banging early. You could feel their energy and that encited everybody else. But they started the whole shift for us tonight with a couple big bangs and that got us going. Got the early lead and then we went on from there."
Marc-Edouard Vlasic: "We expected them to push back and they did. We got to be ready for game two. We had two great periods. Third one wasn't that great. But we'll be ready for Sunday."
Marc-Edouard Vlasic (on all lines scoring): "It was great. We need that to go far to win the cup. You need depth and we showed that tonight."
Raffi Torres: "If you sit back against a team like that's what they are going to do. We got to keep going after them and keep playing the way we know how to play. We can't take breaks in the third. I think we got to learn from that."
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SHARKS TEAM NOTES:
• The last time the Sharks lead 3-0 after the 1st period was Game 3 vs VAN in the 2011 Western Conference Final [Credit: Josh Dubow, AP].
• All four of San Jose's lines scored a goal in tonight's contest [Credit: Josh Dubow, AP].
• The Sharks tied their regular season hit record, set April 3rd, 2014 versus Los Angeles, with 52 hits on the night.
SHARKS PLAYER NOTES:
• Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, and Raffi Torres scored their first goals of the 2014 playoffs.
• Patrick Marleau recorded his 58th career playoff goal.
• Tomas Hertl scored his first career playoff goal and added his first career playoff assist on the Vlasic goal.
• The following players had multi-point nights: James Sheppard (0-2=2), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (1-1=2) , Tomas Hertl (1-1=2), & Brent Burns (1-1=2).
• Matt Nieto recorded his first career playoff assist.
Mike Brown assisted on the Torres goal. It was his 3rd career playoff point.