SAN JOSE -- Sharks forward Raffi Torres said Friday he felt like he "was skating around pretty much on one leg" by the end of San Jose's seven-game opening round series loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
Torres, who had surgery in September to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and missed all but five regular season games, said in Game 7 on Wednesday as he was sitting on the bench in the second period that it was a struggle just to get up and get on the ice.
"At one point there I was just skating around and was just kind of like, 'what am I doing on the ice right now?' But hey, that's just part of it. You just had to be out there," Torres said Friday. "I'll get healthy this summer and come back, come back stronger."
Torres said he will use the summer months to rest his surgically repaired knee, but didn't want to speculate whether he may need an additional procedure.
"It's been a long year. It's been really frustrating, a lot of highs and lows, mentally and physically," Torres said. "But is the time right now to kind of shut my brain off and just get healthy, just be ready to go. I have some time here obviously now to just relax and let my body get readjusted for what I need to bring next year and have that full year."
Torres played in all seven games against the Kings and had two goals and an assist. His three points actually matched the offensive production of front line players such as Joe Thornton, Logan Couture and Brent Burns.
Torres played on the fourth line with Andrew Desjardins and Mike Brown for much of the series. The unit provided a big emotional lift to the Sharks in the first two games, but their effectiveness wore off as the opening round went on. They combined for one point in the last four games, and struggled on the road when matched up against Kings center Mike Richards and his line.
Torres, who is signed for the next two years at $2 million per season, said he likes the team and enjoys playing with the Sharks, but was frank about what's needed to change if the Sharks hope to exorcise their postseason demons.
"Our actions will be the best (gauge) to see what kind of players we are, what kind of people we are," said Torres, who played in the Stanley Cup finals with Edmonton in 2006 and Vancouver in 2011. "Are we going to hide out and just kind of crawl under a rock or are we going to stick together and come back and say, 'You know what, this one stings.'
"No one's happy here. ... It's embarrassing. It shouldn't happen. When you have a team down 3-0, you have to put them to bed. We have to learn from that now."
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