Sharks leading the series 3-1. Kings, with pride, will be doing all they can to force a game 6 on Sunday.
This is the Sharks’ NINETEENTH straight playoff game against the Kings. And the Sharks would really like to get another opponent for #20.
Sharks need to show their killer instinct, ala real life sharks, and get this series over. Let’s prove that a good road record is all it can be.
Sharks got their power play going — and it was the only way they scored. But they got three on the scoreboard.
And they kept the Kings to only two goals.
No goals scored in the first period
The Tank was rocking. Think the fans helped energize the team after a couple of icings (when there was no time out — used on coach’s challenge for goalie interference on King’s first goal).
The past is the past. Put it behind you and concentrate on the game at hand.
The Kings have been able to shut down the depth scoring of the Sharks. (Only the top line and top PP units have scored for the Sharks; and the top D pairing.)
Time for some more bruises tonight.
(Start time for Friday’s game 5 has been set for 7:30)
Sharks score first? Check. Sharks limit the offense of the Kings – kinda.
Intensity ratchets up as the Kings score (on PP) to tie it up in the first, and it’s a defensive battle until (the first) OT. Kings score 3:47 in.
Sharks seemed to be griping their sticks tight the whole night. Lots of flubbed passes (not tape to tape), some miscues, etc.
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Kings were unable to solve former backup Jones for more than 74 minutes (game 1 into 2), and it took the fifth power play of game 2.
But prior to that, the Sharks had already scored twice.
With a final flurry that the Sharks weathered with Quick pulled, and the Sharks take the 2-0 series lead.
Kings do not seem to be able to match the Sharks speed; the Sharks are taking the hits (and drawing penalties for the illegal actions) the Kings are dishing and bending not breaking.
Sharks radio analyst Hedican commented that Quick’s rebounds were going to dangerous areas, helping the Sharks take advantage.
Gaborik returned to the lineup, but was not a major factor. Only Lecavalier scored past Jones.
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Sharks lead the series 1-0. Special teams were key in game 1. And they were resilient when they fell behind the Kings, even giving up a short handed goal.
Kings may have lost Martinez to injury after game one. They have recalled D Kevin Gravel after Martinez missed second half of game. Regardless of Gravel’s participation, Doughty is prepared to play more minutes, if that is needed in Martinez’s absence. The Kings are concerned with the Sharks faceoff wins, especially in the offensive zone.
Update: Sharks – no lineup changes planned. Kings – Martinez out, McBain in (NHL playoff debut); Gaborik cleared to play, game time decision
And game 1 is in the books. Sharks were able to overcome bad luck and some dubious officiating to get the win.
The Sharks scored seven goals: four behind Quick and two own goals; plus the officials missed crediting the Sharks for a goal. (So the final score could have been 7-1?)
NHL playoff rookies Donskoi, Karlsson and Tierney played quite well.
Kings did not play as well as they could, so even with the Sharks up 1-0 in the series, all that means is there’s three more wins needed, and they get harder to get the further you go.
Kings lost Martinez (missed 1+ periods). And Gaborik didn’t play.
There’s at least another three tough games in this series.