Can The San Jose Sharks Recover After Dropping Game 2 vs. LA Kings?

By Randy Holt
Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

For the better part of their tilt in Game 2 against the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Semifinals, the San Jose Sharks were in control. But in less than 30 seconds in the waning minutes, things got out of hand, leading to their second consecutive loss in the series.

Dustin Brown and Trevor Lewis scored power play goals 22 seconds apart to help the Kings get off to the 2-0 lead in the series. Which puts the Sharks in a hole that many did not expect them to be in after wasting the Vancouver Canucks in the first round sweep.

With the series now at a 2-0 edge for the Kings, there is good news and bad news for the Sharks. The good news is that both of these were one-goal games. And that both have been on the road. Neither one of those really gives an indication that the Sharks are out of this series.

After all, the Kings were down 2-0 in their series before rattling off four straight and advancing to this round. While a 2-0 deficit isn’t impossible to overcome, especially since the Sharks haven’t played a game on home ice to this point, the fact that they’re trailing is the bad news.

The Sharks have never come back from a 2-0 series deficit. Nine times before this year, the Sharks have gone down 2-0. They’ve lost every single one of them, with two coming by way of the sweep.

However, not all is lost. The Sharks did a lot of things in Game 2 that probably should have led to a win. They were able to get to Jonathan Quick, managing three goals against him, while taking control of the faceoff dot. If they can do those things throughout this series, especially when they head home, this team will be just fine.

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