Meanwhile, the Kings made sure a two-game losing streak didn't become three.
"I think we kind of have that New England Patriots mindset where we don't want to lose two in a row," Clifford said. "Coming off a two-game (losing streak) that's big for us. So we definitely wanted to come back."
NOTES: The Kings had won 11 of 14 before dropping two straight to Phoenix and San Jose this week, their first two-game losing streak since losing to Nashville and Detroit February 9th and 10th. As was the case the last time the Kings lost two consecutive games, their recent skid occurred on the road. The good news is, including Saturday they play five straight at home, where they've been dominant recently while winning eight of their last nine. ... The Kings hope to take advantage on the home stand, as they face five straight on the road beginning March 25 in Chicago. ... Kings top prospect Tyler Toffoli made his NHL debut Saturday. The 20-year-old center was the leading scorer in the AHL with the Kings' Manchester affiliate, scoring 28 goals with 27 assists in 55 games. ... Sharks coach Todd McLellan set a new franchise record with his 207th win Thursday when San Jose beat Los Angeles 4-3. ... The Sharks, who snapped a four-game winless streak with the win Thursday play their next five on the road, including Saturday's game against the Kings.