Let’s call this the way it really was: the Kings were absolutely run over by the Sharks for the first 30 minutes of this game. While the Kings will say they “didn’t start on time” etc., the true fact is they were fully outplayed until the Sharks built a 2-goal lead.
Joe Thornton and Brent Burns, or Mack Truck and his cousin Kenworth, ran thru the gears in all zones, so badly that after the 1st period the predictable comment was “the good news is they are only behind by one goal.” News flash: that is not good news.
The Kings came to life in the 2nd period, at 6:15 left, when Coach Sutter put Dustin Penner with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, re-uniting a line from last year’s Cup-winning run. The move sparked some offense immediately, but I think the change was at least equally due to defensive needs. More on that after the X Ray: