SAN JOSE Todd McLellan was blunt about the task ahead.
"We haven't accomplished anything," the Sharks' coach said Monday. "We didn't get our work done in L.A., and that put us behind the eight ball. The fact that we won Game 3 that's great, but we still are behind in the series, and the series is getting shorter."
The best-of-seven matchup with the Los Angeles Kings continues with tonight's Game 4 at HP Pavilion. History explains the importance of San Jose evening things up with a second victory. Only 9.2 percent of the 262 NHL teams trailing a series 3-1 have come back to win it.
"We've just got to find a way to get even," McLellan said. "If our intensity or urgency drops because we've won a single game, I would be disappointed in our group."
His players know where they stand in the series, of course. But that is somewhat offset by the sense that they have more than held their own against the defending Stanley Cup champions.
"We felt we've been the better team through three games, and unfortunately we're down 2-1," defenseman Dan Boyle said. "I think we're going to see a better team (tonight) from their side, so we're going to have to raise our game even more."
Both coaches were dealing with lineup changes, though only the Kings' Darryl Sutter was ready to make a commitment, declaring forward Kyle Clifford is ready to play after dealing with an upper-body injury.
For the Sharks, McLellan indicated he might use seven defensemen and go with Jason Demers as the replacement for once-again injured forward Marty Havlat. Demers practiced on both the blue line and up front Monday, and McLellan indicated he could be used in both spots.
"I'll go in wherever they want me to right now," said Demers, who has not played since suffering an ankle injury April 18. The defenseman has played a few games at forward before, late in 2009-10 and the postseason that followed.
While McLellan's defensemen have stayed healthy and out of trouble, his forwards have provided the challenge with problems created by injuries to Havlat and Adam Burish as well as the suspension of Raffi Torres.
"It affects us in a few different ways," McLellan said of missing 25 percent of his forwards. "Pairs that we've used on a regular basis for penalty kill and power play units, that kind of stuff. But every team is going through it."
Red Wings 3, Blackhawks 1 in Detroit Gustav Nyquist and Drew Miller scored 31 seconds apart midway through the second period, and Pavel Datsyuk restored a two-goal lead in the third to help Detroit beat Chicago and take a 2-1 lead in the second-round series.
Ducks Defenseman Francois Beauchemin has undergone successful reconstructive surgery on a ligament in his right knee.
Beauchemin hopes to return in time for the start of next season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.