I wrote about the passing lanes, the Sharks’ predictable love for the trailing, lateral pass, one timer and how we must close gaps and take those away.
Forcing that team to forecheck the traditional way neutered them.
Goodness knows we have harped on the importance of the 70’s Line and their chemistry. Proven again.
I don’t expect Sutter to change a thing. I think Sutter gets it and will keep them together with Cartsy at center.
The forwards are where they belong. Mike Richards included.
Now come two other things I noticed have been a difference maker.
Blocked shots by our Kings against their forwards and D.
Getting our shots through.
We are blocking more shots, which in turn causes more transition plays by us against them. I bet if you look at games 1 and 2, they blocked more shots. And the last two games, opposite. I haven’t looked at the stats. Total guess but it looked like the Kings were sacrificing bodies to keep shots from getting to Quickie.
Our shots were also getting through. We were releasing the puck faster, building traffic quicker and keeping shots low. Brown’s shot from the short side to the long side pad caused a rebound to an open Kopitar. In game one, Brown tries to roof that shot and misses the net or it’s an easy save.
The trend of taking away their space, lanes, getting low shots through and blocking theirs are the subtle nuances that have us on our toes and them holding their vaginas open and ready for our fists.
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