SAN JOSE -- The Sharks have been trending in the wrong direction in the amount of power play opportunities they have given the Los Angeles Kings in the first four games of their Western Conference quarterfinal series.
San Jose killed all four penalties it took in the first two games at home. But in Games 3 and 4 in Los Angeles, the Sharks were down a man nine times with the Kings scoring three times with the man advantage.
In Game 4 on Thursday, a Raffi Torres penalty for boarding Dustin Brown in the second period occurred about 175 feet away from the Sharks net and led to a Justin Williams goal and a 2-1 Kings lead.
"When you look at some of the penalties we've received, too many of them have occurred in the offensive zone, which is normally where you don't take them," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "You normally are drawing penalties when you're in the offensive zone.
"We talked about that after Game 3. You want to play aggressive and you want to play on the edge, but you can't play in the penalty box."
"We want to establish that physical presence and try to get that momentum going back our way," Brown said. "So we just go out there protecting our guys. Just trying to stir it up."
Sharks center Logan Couture said the key to containing Gaborik, Anze Kopitar and whomever else is playing on that line is to force them to play defense.
"They don't feel as comfortable when they're defending as they are when they're on the offense," Couture said. "With Gaborik, he's so quick. Try to close on him and take away his time with the puck."