Sharks moving on after collapse

Published: Saturday, May. 18, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Sunday, May. 19, 2013 - 10:28 am

SAN JOSE – A dizzying 22-second span that led to a pair of Los Angeles power-play goals turned what seemed destined to be a tied series into an 0-2 hole for the Sharks.

The San Jose players say it didn't take much longer than that for them to put Thursday's Game 2 collapse behind them and turn their focus to defending home ice for the next two games so they can tie their second-round series with the Kings.

"Coming in today, we could have been hanging our heads and moping around," defenseman Brad Stuart said Friday.

"But I don't sense that at all. Obviously, guys aren't feeling good about what happened last night, but when you look at the big picture, we feel good about knowing what we have to do and what we can control."

So instead of looking back at the two late penalties that led to the two power-play goals that turned a 3-2 lead into a 4-3 loss, the Sharks would rather bank on the fact that they managed to score three goals against Jonathan Quick, outplayed the Stanley Cup champions for much of the night and now have home-ice advantage for the next two games beginning tonight in Game 3.

San Jose lost just twice in regulation at home all season, winning both meetings against the Kings and both games in a first-round sweep against Vancouver.

"We did a lot of really good things," forward Logan Couture said. "I thought we deserved to win that game. But we're down 2-0. It's time to come into our building. It's going to be loud.

"The fans are going to be into it. We have to find a way to win."

Penguins 4, Senators 3 in Pittsburgh – Sidney Crosby had his second career playoff hat trick, and Pittsburgh took a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Brenden Morrow added his first playoff goal in more than five years for the Penguins.

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