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May 1, 2014 1:24 am

April 30 postgame notes

-Los Angeles became the fourth team to win a best of seven playoff series after losing the first three games, joining the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs (over Detroit in the Stanley Cup Final), the 1975 New York Islanders (over Pittsburgh in an NHL quarterfinal) and the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers (over Boston in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals). Mike Richards and Jeff Carter are the only players in NHL history to have accomplished the feat twice, though Carter was injured during Philadelphia’s series against Boston and did not participate.

-The Kings improved to 10-10 all-time against the Sharks in the playoffs, a mark that includes a road record of 4-6. The Kings are 98-129 all-time in the playoffs and 42-77 on the road.

-Los Angeles is 5-4 all-time in Game 7s, going 2-1 at home and 3-3 on the road. They won a road Game 7 for the first time since a 5-4 win at Toronto in the Campbell Conference Final on May 29, 1993.

-The only other time in franchise history that the Kings advanced to the Second Round in three straight years was 1989-1991.

-Mike Richards, Justin Williams and Marian Gaborik improved to 5-0 in Game 7s.

-Justin Williams has five goals and 10 points over five Game 7s. He has four goals and six points (4-2=6) in the last four games.

-Darryl Sutter improved to 5-3 in Game 7s.

-The Kings held the lead for 189:10 of the series, the Sharks held the lead for 107:30 of the series, and the games were tied for 110:07.

-The teams combined for 628 hits in the series.

-Los Angeles is 6-20 (30.0%) on the power play over the last five games.

-Anze Kopitar has points in eight straight playoff games (5-7=12) and nine straight games overall (8-7=15), dating back to the regular season.

-Jonathan Quick has stopped 99 of 101 shots over the last 188:24 since Joe Pavelski’s Game 4 power play goal.

-The Kings are 7-1 in their last eight playoff series. They have played 45 playoff games since 2012, the most in the NHL over that span.

-Jake Muzzin was on the ice for only one goal against during the entire series.

-James Sheppard finished with a game-high nine hits.

-Joe Pavelski attempted 14 shots, 11 of which were on goal

-Mike Richards led the Kings with eight shots on goal.

-Los Angeles attempted 60 shots (30 on goal, 16 blocked, 14 missed). San Jose attempted 75 shots (40 on goal, 23 blocked, 12 missed).

-The Kings won 43-of-77 faceoffs (56%). Among regular performers, Mike Richards won 8-of-16, Anze Kopitar won 18-of-27, Trevor Lewis won 0-of-5, Jarret Stoll won 12-of-20 and Jeff Carter won 5-of-9.

The Kings are not scheduled to practice at Toyota Sports Center on Thursday, May 1. The next practice will take place at Toyota Sports Center on Friday, May 2.

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