SAN JOSE -- By the end of a goal-giddy night, all four Sharks lines had scored at least once against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick in a 7-2 Game 2 rout.
That was crazy enough against a stud net-minder like Quick. But what truly tested the limits of believability was that San Jose's fourth line of Mike Brown, Andrew Desjardins and Raffi Torres got everything rolling with two second-period goals that pulled the club out of a 2-0 hole.
Brown, who netted the first 4:25 into the period, hadn't scored a goal since Dec. 2. Torres, who nailed the second less than five minutes later, scored one goal in the five regular-season games he played all season, and that came on March 2.
And Desjardins, who had two assists precisely once in 81 regular-season games, made like Joe Thornton and flicked a pair of fine set-up passes for both scores. The captain himself was impressed.
"Where we want to go, everybody's going to have to be a leader throughout these playoffs," Thornton said. "And tonight their line just played great and won us the game."
The unusual scoring binge notwithstanding, Desjardins thought his line with Brown and Torres was only doing what it was supposed to do with the Sharks facing such a tough uphill climb after the opening 20 minutes.
"The job of any fourth line is to come in and create momentum for your team," he said. "Lay the body and be effective that way, and if you can chip in, you chip in. Tonight, we were fortunate enough to get two goals."
Brown, who scored his first-ever postseason goal and was named No. 1 star for the first time in his NHL career in any game, said the goal that broke the spell against Quick was all set up by his line mates.
"Torres and (Desjardins) were on the forecheck and the puck went into the corner," he said. "I just kind of creeped to the middle and he found me. It was a great pass, a great play, a great forecheck and I just put it in on the one-timer."
Desjardins deflected any notion that he is blossoming into a top-flight playmaker.
"I'm pretty much a tracking kind of guy," he said. "But we're all here for a reason. We all have some skills, so when we have the opportunities, we need to chip in. You get the bounces sometimes."
Coach Todd McLellan isn't surprised that his fourth line has shown some scoring potential, even though Torres only joined Brown and Desdardins in the postseason and their individual numbers don't really suggest an offensive juggernaut in the making.
"The way they play, they complement each other," McLellan said. "They're fast. A lot of players who play in that role are bigger and maybe can't move as quickly. But these guys are fast, and they hug pucks a lot, and they want to play together, which is a great thing.
"They also have a sense, I believe, that everybody around them believes in them. They feel good about going out on the ice and we feel good about having them out there."
Torres, who gives the fourth line greatly enhanced physical mustard, has formed an almost instant bond with Desjardins and Brown, and thinks they can be a force for San Jose, even if they're not scoring every game.
"I thought Brownie had one of the best games I've ever seen him play, and Desi was great with puck," Torres said. "He's got a lot of skill and it shows in practice. So it's great to see those guys get rewarded."
Torres loves playing with Desjardins and Brown and said they've struck up a quick rapport. They're constantly communicating when they're off the ice.
"Fourth line guys have to keep talking to each other, letting each other know what we see out there, especially in our zone," he said. "We can do this, we can do that, and just try to feed off each other's energy."
Kings coach Darryl Sutter said that even beyond the scoring, the depth of San Jose's attack throughout the game was the major difference.
"I think their (James) Sheppard and Desjardins lines dominated in the second and third period," Sutter said. "We didn't have an answer for that. I think you scale out when you start going against third and fourth lines. It's clear that our important players against those guys have to do a better job. That's clear."
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