The San Jose Sharks gave the Los Angeles Kings all they could handle in the second round of the playoffs, but ultimately came out on the losing end. While their core group of offensive stars came through in the postseason, there was a severe lack of secondary scoring. In a series dominated by stellar goaltending, that could have made a big difference, and helped the Sharks move on to the Western Conference Finals. As the team looks at what changes need to take place in the offseason, expect some time to be spent on developing AHL talent and possibly signing a few third and fourth line scoring threats.
Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton combined for 16 goals in 11 playoff games, while defenseman Dan Boyle chipped in three. The Sharks only scored 25 goals in the playoffs, and 19 of them came from those five players. Brent Burns was the only other player with multiple playoff goals, with two. Centers Andrew Desjardins and James Sheppard each played in all 11 games, but failed to register a single point. Scott Gomez, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Raffi Torres were each held to two points or fewer, giving the Kings a great chance of winning games if they shut down the top two lines. Defenseman Brad Stuart registered only six assists in the regular season, but had a goal and three points in the playoffs. Unfortunately he is one of the only players who elevated his game in the postseason, and the Sharks are headed home early because of it.