So, here the Sharks are again -- struggling to find their groove against a lower-seeded team in the postseason's first round. They are trying to make sure it doesn't become "here they go again" with a quick playoff exit.
There was a been-there, done-that quality to the Sharks' lackluster 4-0 loss Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings that left this series tied at one game each. It marks the fourth consecutive year the Sharks have slipped into a maddening, opening-round malaise.
And two springs ago it proved to be fatal as the Presidents' Trophy-winning Sharks were upset by No. 8 seed Anaheim.
That's why the Game 2 loss to a depleted Kings squad only resuscitated the same old questions about San Jose's will to compete.
"If we had answers for it, we would not do it," defenseman Douglas Murray said Sunday. "It's tough to say why."
Center Joe Pavelski added: "It's just disappointing. It's all on us. You think about playing a certain way, and then you don't do it."
The consensus among the Sharks, after looking at the videotape, was they got completely outworked. While committing undisciplined penalties that contributed to two early Kings power-play goals hurt, getting away from the team concept of hockey made a bad night even worse.
"Guys care," defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic said. "Everybody wants to win and contribute. When things aren't going well, everybody wants to score that goal and make that play. But we need to concentrate on our team game."
Sharks try to shake early playoff doldrums again
San Jose Mercury News | Apr 18