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NHL Hall of Famer and LA Kings great Luc Robitaill tells Jay Mohr where the Game 2 win vs. the San Jose Sharks ranks amongst the all-time greats and his thoughts on Raffi Torres' hit on Jarret Stoll...
Mohr: "The Kings comeback last night was so crazy.... you can't even draw that up."
Robitaille: "It was absolutely amazing. And you're right, you definitely can't draw this stuff up. It was one for the ages that we're going to remember for a while. We played well enough to make a comeback in the 3rd period, but you never know what's going to happen. It was pretty neat being in that building."
Mohr: "I didn't think the Raffi Torres hit was that dirty. He stayed on his feet. He made an effort to get in front of Jarret Stoll. but the league saw differently. Dirty or clean hit"?
Robitaille: "There's been worse hits but the problem is there is so many angles we couldn't see. There's a few angles where he leaned upward and that's what the league wants us to get rid of. They want guys to come in and go through the body so they don't target the head. Everyone is talking about concussions and protecting the head. The minute you cut upward the first thing you're going to hit is his head. There is an angle from the other side in which you'll see that and will change your opinion of the hit."
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Dustin Brown and Trevor Lewis scored power- play goals just 22 seconds apart late in the third period as the Los Angeles Kings took a thrilling 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks in Game 2 of this Western Conference semifinal series.
Jeff Carter had a goal and an assist while Drew Doughty also scored for the Kings, who now hold a 2-0 lead in this best-of-seven series. Jonathan Quick, who posted a shutout in Tuesday's 2-0 victory, made 28 saves in the win.
Brad Stuart had a goal and an assist while Patrick Marleau and Marc-Edouard Vlasic also scored for the Sharks, who got 27 stops from Antti Niemi in the loss.
San Jose played the game without forward Raffi Torres as he was suspended for the rest of this semifinal match from an illegal hit to the head of Kings forward Jarret Stoll in Game 1 on Tuesday.
This series now heads to San Jose for the next two games with Game 3 set for Saturday night.
The Kings trailed by a goal and had failed on a power play chance earlier in the frame, but were given another chance when Stuart was called for tripping. Just 22 seconds later, Vlasic was called for a delay of game as he flipped the puck over the glass in his own zone.
On the 5-on-3, Mike Richards threw a shot on net from the left circle that was stopped by Niemi. Carter was then able to push the rebound to the front where Brown pushed the puck in to tie the contest at 18:17.
Still on a man advantage, the Kings then went up as Tyler Toffoli, playing his first playoff game, came in down the right wing and fired a shot on net that Niemi made a right pad save on, but the rebound kicked out to the left and Lewis buried it for a 4-3 lead with 1:21 to play.
The Sharks got Niemi out of the net in the final minute for an extra attacker, but was unable to get anything going before time expired.
The Kings opened the scoring just 3:06 in as Carter flew down the right wing and let fly with a wrist shot that beat Niemi for his fourth of the playoffs.
Quick turned away 11 shots in the first period, and the Kings took a 2-0 lead 4:10 into the second on a power-play goal.
With Scott Hannan in the box for interference, Doughty blasted a big shot from the top of the right circle that found the left corner of the net through bodies in front for his second of the playoffs.
The Sharks, though, finally got one through Quick thanks to crisp passing. Dan Boyle held the puck at the left boards and sent it to the slot where Logan Couture sent a pass over to the right side with his back turned. Joe Thornton received the pass and quickly sent it to the front where Marleau had an easy tap-in for his fifth of the postseason near the midway mark of the second.
It was a tie game just over four minutes later as Scott Gomez sent a short pass from the left point over to the right where Stuart ripped a shot that deflected in front and went past Quick for his first of the playoffs.
The Sharks took a 3-2 lead at 8:56 of the third while on a delayed penalty to Los Angeles that saw Vlasic jam it in from the right side for his first career playoff goal.
Game Notes: Los Angeles went 3-for-6 on the power play while the Sharks were held off the board on four man advantages ... This marks just the second postseason meeting between these two Pacific Division rivals. The Sharks got the best of the Kings in six games during the 2011 conference quarterfinals ... Stoll missed the game.
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Kings will try to extend their lead in the Western Conference semifinals, as they host the San Jose Sharks in Thursday's Game at Staples Center.
The defending Stanley Cup champions used a strong performance from Jonathan Quick in Game 1 to stake themselves to a 1-0 lead in this best-of-seven set.
Quick, the reigning Conn Smythe winner, posted 35 saves to notch his second shutout of this postseason and lead the Kings to Tuesday's 2-0 defeat of the Sharks. Quick, who also shut out St. Louis in Game 3 of the first round, fought off 16 shots in the third period on Tuesday.
Quick's six career playoff shutouts are a franchise record and his 25 career postseason wins is one away from tying the team mark set by Kelly Hrudey.
Slava Voynov and Mike Richards registered a goal and an assist apiece for the Kings, who have won 11 straight games at Staples Center dating back to the regular season. L.A. also has won five straight since dropping the first two games of the conference quarterfinals to the Blues.
The fourth-seeded Kings, who were 19-4-1 as the host during the regular season, also have home-ice advantage at the start of a playoff series for the first time since 1992.
"It felt weird to be honest with you, but it is what it is," Kings forward Anze Kopitar said of starting a series at home. "It's nice to have home ice and it's nice to stay home an extra day, but we realize that we're going to have to do it on the road at some point too."
Antti Niemi allowed both goals on 20 shots for the sixth-seeded Sharks, who turned in a four-game sweep of the Northwest Division-champion Vancouver Canucks in the opening round. Tuesday's contest was San Jose's first game since eliminating the Canucks on May 7.
"We have to find ways to score," San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. "We have to make it a lot harder on them. And did we generate some chances? Yes, but we didn't win the game."
As of Thursday morning, there was still no word on whether Sharks forward Raffi Torres will be suspended for his hit on Kings center Jarret Stoll in Game 1. Torres was given two minutes for charging on the play, which occurred near the end of the second period.
Torres, of course, is considered a repeat offender and he was given a 25-game suspension for a vicious check on Chicago's Marian Hossa during last year's playoffs. That suspension was ultimately lowered to 21 games, but Torres still missed the first eight games of this season.
The NHL requested an in-person meeting with Torres for his hit on Tuesday, meaning he could be suspended for as many as five games.
Stoll, meanwhile, never returned to Tuesday's contest and is likely to miss Game 2.
San Jose, which will host Game 3 on Saturday, was 8-14-2 as the road team this season.
This marks just the second postseason meeting between these two Pacific Division rivals. The Sharks got the best of the Kings in six games during the 2011 conference quarterfinals.
The Kings and Sharks split four regular-season meetings this year, with each team winning twice at home.
Robitaille tells FOX Sports Prime his thoughts on the Kings first win in Round 2 vs. the San Jose Sharks: "It was kinda interesting yesterday because you can sense our crowd was nervous. Having home ice. You have home ice, you really feel that you gotta win that first game 'cause you wanna keep it. All in all, we're happy with the win."
He added, "We're still not totally happy with our game yet as a team. We know we could be better. It's good because we're finding ways to win and I think as an orginization and as a team, we're going to get better."
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Jonathan Quick posted 35 saves to notch his second shutout of the postseason and backstop the defending champion Los Angeles Kings' 2-0 whitewashing of the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of this Western Conference semifinal series at Staples Center.
Quick recorded his fifth career playoff shutout in Game 3 of the Kings' first- round victory over the St. Louis Blues and fought off 16 shots in the final frame Tuesday to help the Kings draw first blood against the Sharks.
Slava Voynov and Mike Richards registered a goal and an assist apiece for the Kings, who have won 11 straight games at Staples Center and have home-ice advantage in a playoff series for the first time since 1992.
Antti Niemi allowed both goals on 20 shots for the sixth-seeded Sharks, who turned in a four-game sweep of the Northwest Division-champion Vancouver Canucks in the opening round.
Game 2 of this series is scheduled for Thursday in Los Angeles.
An evenly-played first period found the teams locked in a scoreless tie late in the stanza, but the Kings broke through in the finale minute of the frame to jump in front.
San Jose won a faceoff cleanly in the LA zone, but Richards came up with the puck and charged down the right wing before stopping just inside the San Jose zone.
Richards then touched the puck to a trailing Voynov, who rifled a heavy slapper from the right circle that sailed past Niemi to make it 1-0 with 12.9 ticks left in the period.
After killing off a hooking minor against Anze Kopitar near the midpoint of the second, LA doubled its edge at the 12:30 mark when Voynov flipped a shot on net from the right point that deflected off the leg of Richards and skipped past the right pad of Niemi for a 2-0 lead.
That was all the offense LA would need, as Quick kept the Sharks off the board with 27 saves over the final 40 minutes to complete the shutout.
Game Notes: This marks just the second postseason meeting between these two Pacific Division rivals. The Sharks got the best of the Kings in six games during the 2011 conference quarterfinals ... The last time LA hosted a playoff series was in the 1992 division semifinals against the Edmonton Oilers. The Kings lost that series in six games ... When winning Game 1, the Kings have won 10 of 16 series ... Quick's six career playoff shutouts are a franchise record ... Quick has 25 career playoff wins to move within one of Kelly Hrudey for the club record.
Quick tells The Petros and Money Show on the possibility of having a Frozen Freeway Series against the Anaheim Ducks: "You don't really assume anything especially this time of the year, but after we won a lot of the interviews we went through were kind of focused around us facing the Ducks. We knew there was a pretty good chance that we would of ended up playing them but we also knew that San Jose is sitting there waiting and there's a chance we're going to play them."
He added, "Both teams bring great offensive skills to the table, great goaltenders so either way we were going to have to prepare pretty similar. It ended up working out that we don't have to go on the road for games one and two. We get to sleep in our own bed and know we'll wait for San Jose to get down here."
LA Kings star Dustin Penner and San Jose Sharks star Patrick Marleau joins Jay Mohr Sports on Monday to chat about their upcoming matchup in the 2nd round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Dustin Penner on facing the Sharks in Round 2... LISTEN!
Mohr: "Let's get some bulletin board material going here. How happy are you to go spank the Sharks up in the shark tank?"
Penner: "Well, those are some pretty hazardous waters up there and we know what we're getting into. There should be a lot of chum in the water for each game."
Patrick Marleau then hopped on right after Dustin to chat about facing the Kings... LISTEN!
Mohr: "Dustin Penner just joined us and he said he is personally coming after you to take you out!"
Marleau: "Oh, is he? Ok. I'll be ready for that (laughing)."
Mohr: "So you know, I just made that part up. I tried to get him to give us some bulletin board material but, he was very respectful of you guys."
By Michael Rushton, NHL Contributing Editor
LOS ANGELES KINGS (5th seed, West)
REGULAR SEASON RECORD: 27-16-5
2013 PLAYOFFS: Defeated St. Louis 4-2 in conference quarterfinals
(Sports Network) - With their first-round victory, the Los Angeles Kings became the first team in NHL history to win five straight playoff series despite opening each set on the road.
These Kings, though, have had success in their own building this season as well and will open a playoff series at home for the first time since 1992.
As the Western Conference's eighth seed a season ago, the Kings knocked off the Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues, Phoenix Coyotes and New Jersey Devils to win their first ever Stanley Cup championship and did so without home-ice advantage in any of the four rounds.
Los Angeles also opened up the 2013 postseason on the road with a rematch against the Blues and dropped the first two games of the series in St. Louis before rebounding to win the next four contests.
All six games were decided by a single goal and the Kings finally grabbed a series advantage by winning Game 5, 3-2 in overtime on defenseman Slava Voynov's winner eight minutes into the bonus frame before taking Game 6 by a 2-1 margin at home.
It was the Kings' 10th straight victory at home dating back to the regular season.
"I think we're confident now," said Kings center Mike Richards. "A year ago -- I can't compare it to what went on back then, because I barely remember it to be honest with you. We're confident. We still have some work to do, I think. We played well enough to win the series. We can still get better, and that was our goal from day one this year, was to improve right through to the last day. So we have some work to do, and some time to get some bumps and bruises out of the way, and get some practices in."
The Kings will now get ready to open their first playoff series at home since the 1992 division semifinals against the Edmonton Oilers. Los Angeles lost that series in six games and hasn't won a set it opened at home since beating Vancouver in six games during the 1991 division semifinals.
L.A. is 4-5 all-time in the playoffs in sets that begin at home.
After averaging 2.73 goals per game during the regular season, the Kings averaged just two per contest versus the Blues, but turned up the defense by yielding just 1.67 goals per game. A lot of the credit should go to netminder and reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Quick, who allowed more than two goals in a game just once during the series with the Blues.
Even more important, Quick did not get rattled after losing the first two games of the set following an inconsistent regular season. He ended Round 1 with a 1.58 goals against average, .944 save percentage and one shutout.
Another key to the victory was the heavy minutes logged by defenseman Drew Doughty. The 23-year-old averaged 28 minutes and 49 seconds per game, posting 33:37 of ice time in the extended Game 5. That didn't stop him from scoring a goal and notching 25:02 of ice time in the series finale.
Voynov also had a knack for coming up big as he matched his regular season total with two game-winning goals in the series while leading the team with a plus-5 rating.
Veterans Rob Scuderi and Robyn Regehr also averaged over 20 minutes per game for a solid core at the blue line, while rookie Jake Muzzin saw a slight dip in ice time after leading the Kings with a plus-16 rating during the regular season. He had a pair of assists and was a minus-2 in the first round while averaging 15:36 of ice time.
The Kings got balanced scoring versus the Blues, with Jeff Carter leading the team with three goals. He finished fourth in the NHL during the regular season with 26 goals and had a league-high eight game-winners before coming up big with a pair of goals in Game 5.
Carter's former teammate in Philadelphia, Richards, led the Kings with five points -- all assists -- while Justin Williams and Dustin Penner also had a pair of goals versus the Blues. Penner had the series clincher, scoring with 0.2 seconds left in the second period in Game 6.
Dwight King added a pair of assists to form a solid second line with Richards and Carter, while Anze Kopitar had a goal and three assists in the six games skating with Williams and Dustin Brown. That line will look to chip in more offensively in Round 2, while Penner while try to stay hot to add even more depth on the third line with Trevor Lewis and Jarret Stoll.
SAN JOSE SHARKS (6th seed, West)
REGULAR SEASON RECORD: 25-16-7
2013 PLAYOFFS: Defeated Vancouver 4-0 in conference quarterfinals
Expectations for the San Jose Sharks were certainly lowered when they followed up a Western Conference finals series loss in 2011 with last year's quick first-round five-game exit.
And while San Jose opened the season with seven straight wins to become quick contenders, a mid-season fade and ultimate sixth seed had many once again writing off the Sharks.
A solid four-game sweep of the Northwest Division-champion Vancouver Canucks may have changed all that.
One knock on this edition of the Sharks was the fact that the club went just 8-14-2 on the road this season, negating an outstanding 17-2-5 mark at home.
In fact, San Jose did not lose its second home game in regulation until April 21 and was one of only three teams this season to have two separate seven-game winning streaks, joining the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks. However, of those 14 wins over the two streaks, 11 came at home.
So there had to have been a sense of relief when the Sharks won their first two games in Vancouver before opening up the home portion of its playoff schedule with a 5-2 victory in Game 3. San Jose then showed its resilience, again rallying from behind to win the series-clincher 4-3 in overtime.
"In the past you kind of felt the pressure. This year we didn't feel that way and maybe that carried through into third periods," said Sharks head coach Todd McLellan.
"We're a loose group, playing free. (There's) not a lot of expectations that are put on us from the outside that have been on us in the past."
The Sharks used an excellent power play to get by the Canucks, scoring seven of their 15 goals on the man advantage. All three of Logan Couture's first- round goals came on the power play, while Joe Pavelski also scored a trio of goals on the man advantage.
That helped the duo pace the Sharks with eight points each, taking some pressure off of expected scorers Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. Not that the two didn't do their jobs, with Thornton notching four power-play assists as part of his six first-round points. Marleau added four goals and an assist versus Vancouver.
In addition to killing off two of 10 short-handed situations, the defensive story was goaltender Antti Niemi, who helped the Chicago Blackhawks win a Stanley Cup in 2010 but had been less than impressive during his two playoff runs with the Sharks.
That all changed in the first round, with the 2013 Vezina Trophy finalist winning a pair of overtime games while posting a 1.86 goals against average and .937 save percentage.
In front of Niemi, McLellan continued to spread his minutes out between his six defenders. Dan Boyle (23 minutes) and Marc-Edouard Vlasic (22 minutes, 40 seconds) were the team leaders, while Justin Braun, Brad Stuart, Matt Irwin and Scott Hannan all averaged at least 17 minutes of ice time per game.
That also allowed former blueliner Brent Burns to remain up front at forward, where he notched a goal and two assists.
Boyle, Burns and Hannan combined for two goals and seven points, while forward Raffi Torres provided some energy with 14 hits to along with solid speed.
Depth could be an issue for the Sharks in Round 2. Forward Martin Havlat did not play after Game 1 due to injury and there is no timetable for his return, while fellow winger Adam Burish, a key penalty killer, is not expected to play this round due to an upper body injury.
Veteran Scott Gomez filled in for Havlat, while it is unknown who McLellan will turn to in place of Burish, who appeared in all four games.
This will mark just the second postseason meeting between these two Pacific Division rivals. The Sharks got the best of the Kings in six games during the 2011 conference quarterfinals. Thornton, Marleau and Couture all had two goals and three assists in the set, while Pavelski had three goals.
The Kings and Sharks split four regular-season meetings this year, with each team winning twice at home. The Sharks and Kings faced off in their respective regular-season finales, with L.A. notching a 3-2 win.
Los Angeles has won six of its last seven at home versus the Sharks, but has dropped six in a row in San Jose.
Williams paced the Kings with two goals and six points versus the Sharks this season, while Brown scored three times. Kopitar and Scuderi had four assists each, while Quick was 1-0-1 with a 2.74 GAA and .903 save percentage in three games.
Burns led the Sharks with six assists and eight points in the four meetings with the Kings, while Couture added three goals. T.J. Galiardi and Irwin both scored twice.
Niemi went 2-2-0 with a 3.31 GAA and .904 save percentage in four games versus the Kings in 2013.
While the Sharks may be playing with the pressure off, the Kings continue to take a no nonsense approach to the playoffs. That has Los Angeles performing at a high level despite the weight of being defending champions.
San Jose will have some extra rest ahead of this series and is certainly prepared for a long series with some fresh defenders, but will have to solve a Los Angeles defense that yielded only two power-play goals in 17 short-handed situations.
Quick and Niemi should keep these games from being high-scoring affairs, but Los Angeles' offensive depth should eventually get the better of San Jose.
Sports Network predicted outcome: Kings in 6