A few more takeaways before the Kings prepare for an elimination Game 5 on Friday in Los Angeles. The Sharks lead the best-of-seven series, three games to one.
The Kings’ best players need to step it up
So far, the Sharks’ Big Three -- Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton and Brent Burns -- have been the dominant offensive forces in the series, while the players the Kings rely on to score -- most notably Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Carter -- have been mostly silent.
At their best, the Kings don’t need a lot of goals to win games, especially in the playoffs, but they cannot continue to rely on the likes of defenseman...