SAN JOSE -- Even the Sharks appear stunned by what they have wrought after two playoff games:

They have proved that Jonathan Quick is a human being.

Quick, the Los Angeles Kings goalie, has traditionally been an other-wordly force when he faces the Sharks. A year ago in a seven-game playoff series between the teams, he allowed 10 total goals and no more than three in a game. Back in January, Quick posted a rare visiting goalie shutout at SAP Center. He has been kryptonite to the Sharks offense.

But so far in this series, the kryptonite has been transformed into Swiss cheese.

Quick gave up five goals in Thursday's Game 1. He gave up seven in Sunday night's Game 2. During the regular season, the Kings never allowed as many six goals in any game. They gave up the fewest goals in the NHL. But our beloved Los Tiburones are outscoring them in the series, 13-5. (Including one empty-net goal.)

Are the Sharks surprised? The Sharks are surprised. Team captain Joe Thornton used the word "weird" to describe the first two games and was careful not to go anywhere near the notion that Quick could be getting rattled by the onslaught as Tuesday night's Game 3 approaches.

"He's such a world-class goalie, I don't think anything's going to faze him," Thornton said Monday.

That's his opinion. The opinion here is that fazing has indeed occurred. Quick has the worst goals-against average (7.20) of any 2014 playoff goalie to date. These last two games must be the worst consecutive starts of Quick's exemplary career, which has included a Stanley Cup championship and two trips to the Olympics wearing a USA sweater. He was pulled from Game 1 after two periods and might have been pulled from Game 2, except Kings coach Darryl Sutter probably didn't want to embarrass him with back-to-back yanks.

Of the major team sports, ice hockey might be the most instinctual and chaotic. Psychological aspects of the game are often given short shrift. But you do sometimes hear that a goalie is "getting into the heads" of teams when they can't score on him -- or the flip side, that a team is "getting into the head" of a goalie when he's having trouble making crucial saves.

Right now, you have to wonder if the Sharks are camping out inside Quick's skull, smoking cigars and telling dirty jokes.

Erase that notion, said Sharks coach Todd McLellan.

"I don't think we're getting into his head," McLellan opined of Quick. "We're trying to get into his net more than anything. That's what is important to us."

Well, they're doing a pretty good job of that, too. One striking thing about Sunday's seven goals by the Sharks is that they were scored on initial shots, not on scrambling second-chance or third-chance pokes at rebounds. Quick was screened on some of those shots. On others, he was hung out to dry by missed defensive assignments. But he usually makes those first stops.

"I think he's frustrated with the amount of goals going in," said Sharks forward Tommy Wingels, who screened Quick perfectly on Justin Braun's goal in Game 2. "Whether he thinks he can play better or he had no chance on those ... Obviously you don't want to give up that many goals. Maybe that's creeping into his head. There's a reason that Jonathan is an Olympian and has won a Stanley Cup. You have to be mentally strong. From what everyone says about him, I think he's very comfortable in that situation. He'll be ready to rebound."

He will still need some help. By the end of both games at The Tank, the Kings were discombobulated to the max. How else do you explain the horrible L.A. line change late in Game 2 that left the Sharks with a 3-on-0 fast break -- and the resulting Joe Pavelski goal? Quick had no chance. Other odd-man Sharks rushes yielded other goals.

"I think those goals were a byproduct of the team in front of him not playing well," said Kings defenseman Alex Martinez. "It wasn't on Quickie."

For his part, Quick has been circumspect and professional in responding to the carnage. After the Game 1 incident when Sharks forward Mike Brown barged into L.A. defenseman Slava Boynov and dumped him onto Quick, the Kings goalie flashed anger. But the next day with reporters, he was more diplomatic about Brown's charge toward the crease.

"It's where goals are scored," Quick said. "So he was going to the area where goals are scored."

Quick also noted that the Sharks might have benefited from a few lucky bounces on their goals but said: "I am a believer that you make your own luck."

The statement sounded awfully human. That's all the Sharks want from Quick, for at least two more games.

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Not so quick lately
How Kings goalie Jonathan Quick fared against the Sharks during the regular season and playoffs:
Regular
season Playoffs
2 Games 2
2-0 Record 0-2
3 Goals allowed 12
1.47 GA average. 7.20
40 Saves 56
1 Shutouts 0