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San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Antti Niemi made 22 saves to help the San Jose Sharks take a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of this Western Conference semifinal series.
Thanks to a pair of wins in San Jose, the Sharks were able to tie this best- of-seven set at 2-2 after dropping the first two games in Los Angeles, where Game 5 will take place on Thursday.
The Sharks, who swept the Canucks in the opening round, got goals from Brent Burns and Logan Couture on Tuesday.
"I thought we really established our forecheck well and that helped us get our first goal," said San Jose head coach Todd McLellan. "That's the type of game we have to play because we have big bodies and some speed that we need to use to our advantage."
Mike Richards had the only goal of the game for the Kings, who received 21 saves from Jonathan Quick in the setback.
"I think we battled back and made it close, but you don't get much for making it close," said Los Angeles head coach Darryl Sutter. "I think our role players kept us in the game and they have in the past three games."
The only goal of the first period went to San Jose at the 6:09 mark. Joe Thornton fed the disc from behind the net to the right circle, where Burns sent a shot on net that was blocked in front. The puck went back to Thornton, though, and he again fed Burns, who buried that one for his second score of the playoffs.
Los Angeles killed off two San Jose power plays later in the period as Quick finished the frame with 14 stops, while Niemi had to make just three saves to keep the Kings off the board.
Skating on the power play, the Sharks made it a 2-0 game when a slap shot in the high slot by Dan Boyle hit off the knee of Couture and went into the net at 3:55 of the second period.
San Jose caught a big break thanks to a quick whistle with 13:54 left in the middle stanza. The Kings' Slava Voynov sent a pass from the right point to the slot and Tyler Toffoli redirected it on net. Niemi got a piece of the puck and it trickled behind him, with Dustin Penner tapping it in, The referee, though, blew the whistle before Penner got the puck in and the score remained 2-0.
Niemi stopped six shots in the second period to keep it a 2-0 game going into the final frame.
The Kings finally got one past Niemi near the midway mark of the third on the power play. Jeff Carter fired a shot on net from the right circle that was stopped, but Richards was at the right side and was able to bank his second swipe off of Niemi and in.
Los Angeles, though, couldn't get any more past Niemi, who finished the final frame with 13 stops for the win.
Game Notes: Los Angeles was 1-for-3 on the power play, while San Jose went 1-for-4 on the man advantage ... San Jose forward Martin Havlat sat out the game. He returned to play in Game 3 after sustaining a lower-body injury in the quarterfinal opener against Vancouver ... This is just the second playoff series between these two squads. The Sharks took a six-game series in the 2011 quarterfinals ... Thornton has eight assists in the playoffs.
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Once again, the San Jose Sharks used home ice to their benefit to get back into their series with the Los Angeles Kings.
Logan Couture scored the deciding goal on the power play 1:29 into overtime as the resilient Sharks bounced back from a potentially deflating defeat two nights prior with a 2-1 victory in Game 3 of this Western Conference semifinal.
The Sharks fell into an 0-2 hole against the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings after Los Angeles put up two power-play goals within a 22-second span over the final two minutes to pull out a 4-3 triumph in Thursday's Game 2, but regained their own scoring touch on the man advantage while feeding off the crowd at HP Pavilion, where San Jose went 17-2-5 during the regular season.
Dan Boyle also tallied on the power play, a situation where the Sharks went 0- for-7 in dropping the first two games in Los Angeles, while Antti Niemi turned aside 26-of-27 shots in the critical win.
"It was a real, real important win for us. We felt we let them get away in LA," Sharks head coach Todd McLellan stated afterward.
Tyler Toffoli potted the lone goal for the Kings, who received 38 saves from Jonathan Quick but were ultimately doomed by a pair of penalties late in regulation.
Game 4 of this best-of-seven set will take place Tuesday at HP Pavilion.
With both netminders stingy throughout, the contest headed into extra time mired in a 1-1 deadlock, though the score didn't remain that way for long due to the Kings' inability to stay out of the box.
Robyn Regehr was sent off with 41.7 seconds remaining in regulation for hooking the Sharks' Tommy Wingels, and Trevor Lewis was whistled for charging into Niemi with 5.2 seconds on the clock with Los Angeles on a shorthanded rush.
"I'm disappointed that the refs had enough confidence to make a gutsy call like that in the last 30 seconds of the period," Kings forward Dustin Penner said of Lewis' penalty.
The Kings were able to kill off Regehr's penalty, but San Jose worked the puck to Patrick Marleau in the right slot on the resulting 5-on-4. Marleau's quick feed to Couture was then ripped over Quick's glove to give the Sharks the win -- and some new life as well.
Fueled by Thursday's heartbreaking loss and the urgency of the situation, the Sharks came out determined and capitalized on the game's first break, a penalty on Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin for shooting the puck over the glass just 1:31 in.
It took San Jose a mere four seconds to convert, as Boyle rocketed home a one- timer following a faceoff win from Joe Pavelski to claim a quick 1-0 lead.
Los Angeles drew even just past the midway mark of the opening period with the aid of a San Jose turnover. Toffoli intercepted a bad clearing attempt from defenseman Brad Stuart in the Sharks' zone, then fired in a backhander with Niemi caught out of position for the rookie's first career playoff goal.
San Jose continued to control much of the action in the second period, outshooting the Kings by a 14-7 count despite not having the dangerous Couture available for the majority of the frame due to an apparent leg injury. He returned to the ice just prior to the intermission.
"I thought when [Couture] came [back] in it gave our team a lift," said McLellan.
Quick kept it a 1-1 game heading into the third, however, with several strong stops that included back-to-back turnbacks of Andrew Desjardins and Pavelski from in close with around five minutes left in the middle session.
Both goaltenders continued to stand tall in the third period, with neither team gaining an edge until the Kings' late wave of penalties.
Game Notes: Marleau assisted on both San Jose goals ... The NHL announced on Saturday that the Sharks have been fined $100,000 for general manager Doug Wilson's comments critical of the league's decision to suspend wing Raffi Torres the entire series for a hit to the head to Los Angeles' Jarrett Stoll in Game 1. Stoll missed a second straight game as a result of the incident ... Forward Martin Havlat returned to the San Jose lineup for the first time since sustaining a lower-body injury in the team's playoff opener at Vancouver, but played less than five minutes before exiting in the first period ... Forward Tanner Pearson, the Kings' first-round pick in the 2012 draft, made his NHL debut on the team's fourth line ... The Sharks improved to 4-0 in these playoffs when scoring first.
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."