SAN JOSE -- The Sharks had a surprisingly easy time with the Los Angeles Kings in their playoff opener, but they definitely aren't expecting more of the same Sunday night in Game 2.

"We've been through enough successes and failures to know you have to put each game behind you and be ready to go," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said Saturday. "They're a veteran group. They'll park it. They'll come back and play, and we'll probably get the game that we thought we would get originally when the series started from this point on. We better be ready."

Players appeared to have gotten the message from McLellan that they, too, need to put Game 1 behind them despite the success they had jumping out to a 5-0 lead that resulted in a 6-3 win Thursday.

San Jose Sharks’ Tomas Hertl (48) celebrates his goal against the Los Angeles Kings in the first period for Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round
San Jose Sharks' Tomas Hertl (48) celebrates his goal against the Los Angeles Kings in the first period for Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. on Thursday, April 17, 2014. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) ( Nhat V. Meyer )

"I was thinking back when I played the first couple of playoff games and how excited I'd be after one win," Logan Couture said. "It's changed when you've played a lot of playoff games and you realize how long it takes to get to where you want to go and how many wins it actually takes. It's one game, move past it. It's going to be a long series."

The Sharks know they aren't likely to win future games after the kind of third period they had in Game 1, when they were out-shot 16-5 by a Kings team that narrowed the gap to two goals before the empty net tally by Brent Burns.

"We've looked at clips where things we were doing in the first period, we were aggressive," Tommy Wingels said, "and in the third we were not aggressive anymore. We paid for it. When you give them time and space with the puck and let them wind it up and come at you with speed, they're going to have success."

Wingels said the third-period letdown wasn't a case of the Sharks having used all their energy building their lead in the first 40 minutes so there was nothing left in the tank.

"I don't think it's physical at all. We're in good shape," he said. "Two periods of playing hard won't make us tired for the third. That being said, more mentally, more psychologically, sticking to our game, what we've talked about. We kind of got away from it. We're going to make sure that doesn't happen again."

  • Based on lines at Saturday's practice, McLellan appeared to be sticking with the same forward combinations that provided balanced scoring in Game 1 with goals coming from all four lines as well as defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

    But that doesn't mean players such as Marty Havlat, Tyler Kennedy or Bracken Kearns are relegated to the sidelines for an extended period.

    "We have some very good players that aren't in the lineup right now that if the type of game changes we feel real good about putting them in," McLellan said.

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