EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings are home from a two-game playoff humiliation still confident they can compete against the San Jose Sharks.
Just don't ask Quick what the Kings must change to make it happen.
"A lot of things," Quick snapped at the Kings' training complex Monday. "I've got things to do this afternoon. I don't want to get into all of them."
Quick isn't known for his loquaciousness in Los Angeles, but he's known for stopping pucks, particularly in the playoffs. The Conn Smythe Trophy winner didn't do it nearly often enough in the first two games, yielding 12 of the Sharks' 13 goals over just five periods.
Although Los Angeles hasn't appeared capable of keeping up with the speedy, motivated Sharks so far, the Kings plan to rely on their playoff experience and an improved defensive effort when they host Game 3 on Tuesday night at Staples Center.
It takes more than two horrific road games to unnerve a veteran roster packed with Stanley Cup champions, according to leading scorer Anze Kopitar.
"It's not good, but it doesn't really matter if it's 7-2 or you lose 3-2 in triple overtime," Kopitar said. "It stinks, and we've got to get better."
The Kings were in the same jam last year after two road losses in St. Louis to open a playoff run that stretched all the way to their second straight Western Conference finals.
But those were two one-goal defeats in St. Louis last spring. Los Angeles didn't seem as utterly outclassed by the Blues as they did in San Jose, unable to keep pace while making dozens of uncharacteristic mistakes in puck possession, neutral-zone defense and goaltending.
As Quick suggested, the Kings have plenty to fix. They've also got to forget the pickle they're in, according to center Jarret Stoll.
"You've got to park it," Stoll said. "You've got to move on. ... You prepare for the game like it's any other, but you can look back and see the situation you're in. We know what we need from the guys. We just haven't got it up to this point."
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