The Kings managed to slow down the pace for 40 minutes Tuesday night and play their kind of game, limiting the Sharks to 16 shots through two periods. It wasn't a track meet. The Sharks were frustrated.
"We didn't do a good job of getting pucks to the net like we did the first two games," Marleau said of the opening two periods. "But in the third period things started to turn around for us and gave us that confidence again."
The Kings might salvage some pride Thursday night in Game 4, but they just don't have the juice this year to keep up with the Sharks' four-line attack that's twisting them in knots and leaving them gasping for air by the end of each game.
The Sharks got their lineup healthy just in time for the playoffs and now look like the deepest team in the NHL.
Watch out NHL, the Sharks are coming.