SAN JOSE -- There may not be a combined 121 hits doled out again when the Sharks host the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday in Game 2 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series. But few expect the physical play to subside, either.
"I don't think it's going to change much," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said Friday. "It's two teams that compete hard."
Mike Brown, playing in his first playoff game in five seasons, had one of the first period's most memorable plays in a 6-3 victory.
With the Sharks leading 1-0, Brown drove hard to the net and put his shoulder into Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, who then fell on top of goalie Jonathan Quick. Both Kings players, and all of their teammates on the ice, took exception and a scrum ensued.
Offsetting double minor penalties were handed out, with Brown going to the box for goaltender interference.
Quick, known to have a short fuse, "was whacking me the whole game after that" with his stick, Brown said. "That's good. Let him focus all his attention on me."
Did Brown get into Quick's head?
"It's playoffs. The goal is to get them to take their mind off the game in whatever kind of way you can," Brown said. "To get the goalie, that's pretty much their No. 1 guy right there, to get him off the game, that's what we want."
The Sharks were ready to come out on to the ice when the power went out. Shortly after, McLellan began to wonder if the outage would sap the sellout crowd's enthusiasm.
"When you get out for warm-up and you have music going and the energy is building and building, all of a sudden is wasn't there," McLellan said. "I was concerned that it would play into L.A.'s favor. But we managed it well."
"Stoll's pretty good anyway, but I think I have to pick up my game so we can start with the puck a little more," Sheppard said. "It's things you can work on, and sometimes there are bounces here and there, but for the most part it's getting the timing down and getting used to that kind of motion."
McLellan noted Sheppard was not put in that position a lot until the last few weeks of the regular season, as he took just 233 draws and won 45.1 percent (105) of them. On occasion Thursday, Joe Pavelski stepped in for Sheppard to take the faceoff when the puck was in the Sharks defensive zone.
"On home ice with the last change we have that luxury ... to get certain people out there, but again if they're fatigued, he has to step up and win some of those," McLellan said. "It'll be maybe a greater concern maybe when we get on the road."
best of seven
Game 1: Sharks 6, Kings 3
Sharks lead series, 1-0
Game 2: Sunday, at San Jose, 7 p.m. CSNCA, NBCSN
Game 3: Tuesday at L.A.,
7 p.m. CSNCA, NBCSN
Game 4: Thursday at L.A.,
7:30 p.m. CSNCA, NBCSN
Game 5*: April 26 at San Jose, time TBD, NBCSN
Game 6*: April 28 at L.A., time/TV TBD
Game 7*: April 30 at San Jose, time/TV TBD
* -- if necessary
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