LOS ANGELES -- Sharks forward TJ Galiardi's allegation that Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick tries "a little embellishment every now and then" drew a pointed reaction from Quick's teammates Thursday.
"Were not worried about what they're saying," Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown said. "I just think it's kind of ironic considering the first series they were in they were being accused of that and now they're whining about it."
Just as the Sharks tried to turn around Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa's charges that San Jose players were diving, Kings defenseman Drew Doughty pointed to Galiardi as being guilty of the same thing for which he's faulting Quick.
"It's just funny to even hear that from a guy who is the biggest diver on their team," Doughty told the Los Angeles Times. "Like it's just ridiculous he can even say that, to be hones
But, Doughty continued, "I don't want to get involved in that stuff. ... There's been times where even the refs are telling him, just get up, because he's diving so often."
Shortly before the Sharks flew to Los Angeles, Galiardi said, "What kind of bugs me" about Quick was his attempts to draw penalties when players were in proximity.
"You skate by and you don't even touch him or you barely even touch him and he's throwing his hands in the air," Galiardi said. "It's playoffs. Everyone's trying to draw a penalty. Whatever."
"You could see how talented he was," Couture said of Toffoli, four years younger and a 16-year-old rookie at the time. "You knew he was going to go somewhere in this game."
Toffoli was the Kings' second-round pick in 2010 after being projected to go higher before facing criticism for his skating.
"Which is garbage," said Couture, who heard the same criticism as a junior. "You put up points, you play well, you can skate. Proving people wrong is always fun."
But he did start working out this week at the Kings practice rink.
If Pittsburgh closes out the series Friday night, the Sharks game will begin at 5 p.m. If Ottawa forces a sixth game on Sunday, San Jose and the Kings will face off at 7 p.m.
Both games would be carried on NBCSN.