The Los Angeles Kings will look to bounce back from an overtime loss in the their game of their playoff series against the San Jose Sharks when the two teams meet again Tuesday night for game four. The Kings were not happy with a questionable penalty call that led to the Sharks’ winning goal, and goaltender Jonathan Quick completely lost his composure. The Kings need Quick to regain focus, and it’s important to note that they won game two thanks to a few questionable calls against the Sharks.
Kyle Clifford will return to the Kings’ lineup for game four, and is a great addition as a depth forward. He matched a career high this season with seven goals and 14 points, and while he hasn’t scored in five playoff games so far, but he’s a solid physical presence and his return should give the Kings a lift.
With the exception of a 2-0 win in the first game of this series, all of the Kings’ playoff games have been decided by one goal. That puts a lot of pressure on Quick, and makes Clifford’s return even more significant. As the previous two games have shown, one bad penalty and the resulting power play goal can have a huge impact on the game.
Clifford scored five goals and had 12 points and 123 penalty minutes during the 2011-12 season, but an upper-body injury limited him to just three appearances during the Kings run to the Stanley Cup Finals.