LOS ANGELES -- It's not like the Sharks haven't managed to get the puck past Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick before.
They drove him to the bench only two months ago with a pair of goals just 1:24 apart in what ended up a 4-3 victory for San Jose. And he lost four of the six games in the 2011 playoff series between the teams, including when the Sharks rallied from a four-goal deficit to beat Los Angeles in overtime, 6-5 in Game x.
But they could not score against him in Game 1 -- and now San Jose must figure out a way to change that Thursday night or return home empty-handed in the Western Conference semifinals.
"He's in a zone right now," Sharks forward Logan Couture said.
And what will it take to get him out of that zone?
"More traffic, more shots in succession. He's aggressive," said Couture, who beat Quick twice in that 2011 playoff series and once this season. "He comes out of the blue and takes a lot of the lower net away. Shoot it off him, rebounds."
Some of that applies to any goalie. But other Sharks, like Couture, factor into account Quick's tendencies in figuring out the best way to try to inflate his goals-against average, even a fraction.
"He does a good job of challenging, coming out, cutting down the angles," Tommy Wingels said. "We've got to find a way to keep him deep in the net and continue to get second, third and fourth opportunities around him."
What does Joe Pavelski see as the trait that makes Quick such a challenge?
"He moves," the Sharks forward said. "He scrambles awesome."
Quick earned the Conn Smythe Trophy a year ago with some attention-getting statistics -- a goals-against average of 1.41 and a save percentage of .946 -- numbers much more awe-inspiring than the 3.16 and .913 he put up in that 2011 series against the Sharks.
And Quick has shown mental toughness, bouncing back with four consecutive wins in the opening round series against the St. Louis Blues after dropping the first two games -- including one on his own giveaway in overtime.
But the Sharks look at that overtime gift to Blues forward Alexander Steen for inspiration.
"You never know when he's going to give you one, too. You've seen it in the St. Louis series," Pavelski said. "He has given up some goals and some chances with him handling the puck in different situations, so we've got to keep going there, going there hard and the bounces are going to come."
But Pavelski also knows the Sharks also have the responsibility of taking better advantage of what scoring chances they do get.
"We had some good looks. We had some great chances," said Pavelski, who had one himself from the slot early on San Jose's first-period power play. "One of them could have gone in just as easy."
Though the Sharks outshot Los Angeles 35-20 in their 2-0 Game 1 loss, Coach Todd McLellan wasn't putting too much emphasis on those numbers.
"I don't think we can get wrapped up in the shots on goal because they're not always of high-scoring quality, but they were going to the net," he said Wednesday. "I think we can do a better job in and around that area."
Asked what else his team must do to get Quick out of his zone, McLellan again alluded to the St. Louis series won by Los Angeles.
"There were some key people that had pucks on their tape in that series and had the goaltender out, but just didn't finish. We had some key people with pucks on their tape last night," McLellan said. "You have to give Jonathan Quick a lot of credit, but I'd like to think we'll have a little more poise in that situation and hit our spot a little bit better."