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."

  • A Sharks spokesman said Friday afternoon that the team was still investigating why the power went out inside SAP Center at approximately 7 p.m. Thursday. Emergency lights came on almost immediately, but full lighting wasn't restored for another 10 minutes as teams took their pregame skates in relative silence without any music playing.


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    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."

  • Sharks third-line center James Sheppard did video work with the coaching staff Friday after a rough night in the faceoff circle in Game 1. Sheppard won just 2 of 11 draws, largely against Jarret Stoll, as the Kings won 51 percent (35 of 68) of the faceoffs for the game.

    "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."

    For more on the Sharks, see the Working the Corners blog at blogs.mercurynews.com/sharks. Follow Curtis Pashelka on Twitter at twitter.com/CurtisPashelka.

    SHARKS VS. KINGS

    First-round series;
    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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