Kyle Clifford

It's too little and too late for 0-2 Kings

It's too little and too late for 0-2 Kings

Marian Gaborik didn't exactly ride to the rescue Saturday night upon his return to the Kings' lineup.

Playing for the first time since injuring his right knee back on Feb. 12, the goal-scoring hero of the Kings' 2014 playoff couldn't immediately find his finishing touch against a resilient San Jose Sharks team that has won most of the battles — large and small — thus far in their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

The Sharks, not known as an especially stingy defensive team, held the Kings to single digits on the shot clock until deep into the second period en route to a 2-1 victory at Staples Center. The win gave the Sharks a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven-game...