Game 5....What Did They Say?
Head Coach Todd McLellan: "Do we have a decision to make? Yep, just like any other night. We have two good goaltenders. We will have to make some decisions throughout our lineup in every position because we weren't obviously near good enough tonight."
Todd McLellan (on Sharks tempo): "No, I don't have an explanation for that. I thought we were slow. SImply put, we were slow. We didn't have legs. We didn't execute well which made us even slower. We had poor puck support and that made us slow."
Todd McLellan (on Sharks lines): "Part of the plan went out the window after about four shifts in when we were standing still watching. There wasn't one line combination that stayed the same throughout the first thirty minutes of the game. Trying to find legs, trying to find pairs of players that were capable of executing, trying to find momentum. I don't think you can read too much into that early switch with Pav and the rest of the group. You know just a little bit of desperation trying to find pairs."
Joe Thornton: "Usually we have really fast starts in this building and that wasn't the case tonight. They started faster than us. It's a rarity around here. We have to have better starts. That's the bottom line. The last two games we have not had very good starts."
Dan Boyle: "Obviously, playing five [defense] is not something you are used to. The problem is playing five [defense] when you are down 3-0. That's where it gets a little bit difficult. Five [defense] when you are up, you can keep it simple. "
Joe Pavelski: "We're on right now. The switch is on. We're in playoff mode. It has been that way for awhile. At the end of the season we knew that was coming. We knew it was going to be a tough series. We worked hard to get to that 3-0. We got to find a way to win that fourth game now. We have not done that yet. We will take what we can but you go to bed and you're still thinking about the game. You wake up and you're thinking about it. You go to the rink everyday and you're thinking about it. Our switch is on and we want to be a lot better than we were tonight."
Head Coach Darryl Sutter (on Kings third line): "They were good--they helped save us from elimination."
Jonathan Quick: "It was a long game. I can't say we took (the game) it away from them (from the beginning), we had a good start. We had a few good shifts, kept building on it. They came with a lot too, they had a big push back. It's not easy to win against this team, they're a great team for a reason. We're fortunate to get a second win out tonight. We've got game six so we have to focus on winning another one."
Drew Doughty (if win makes series less daunting): "Not at all. If anything it feels more daunting. We came this far to get two and now we need to get two more. We take it one at a time and that puts even more pressure on us; we can kind of smell it but we can't get ahead of ourselves. We have a lot of work ahead of us, and going back to Staples is the thing we want to be doing so we need to get a win and tie the series up."
SHARKS TEAM NOTES:
• The Sharks had a combined 55 hits on the night.
SHARKS PLAYER NOTES:
• James Sheppard had a game-high nine hits.
• Justin Braun led all Sharks with 24:17 minutes of ice time.
• Joe Pavelski had three takeaways, which was a game-high. He was also 53% from the face off circle (8 of 15).
• Joe Thornton, Tommy Wingels, and Brent Burns all lead the Sharks in shots with four each.