The defending champions Los Angeles Kings lost game 6 to the Sharks on Sunday and will have to play a decisive Game 7. San Jose took full advantage of having Game 6 at home and were able to defeat the Kings 2-1 and will play Game 7 against L.A. at Staples Center on Tuesday night. The Kings have won their last 13 home games. They have been a different team on the road in these playoffs having won only 1 of their previous 6 away games.
"They won the special-team battles," Kopitar said. "And we took too many penalties again. . . . That's clearly up to me to not fire the puck over the glass."
Said Richards: "I took a penalty and Kopi had an unlucky one . . . plays that probably shouldn't happen."
"I didn't think we played well, to be honest," Richards said. ". . . Everything seemed like it was to the outside and we couldn't generate anything. We have to find a way to do that and obviously on Tuesday night, hopefully."
This will be the first time ever San Jose has managed to force a Game 7 after losing the first two games of a playoff series. They have never been able to win a series after losing the opening two games.