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David Pollak: Kings edge Sharks at Levi’s Stadium

“The win enabled Los Angeles to pull even with the Sharks in what for now is the race for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference. The Kings, however, have three games in hand.”

Mark Purdy: Outdoor hockey a smashing success in San Jose

“The attendance was announced as 70,205 and it appeared to be a legitimate number, thereby creating the largest crowd ever to watch a hockey game west of the Mississippi River.”

Curtis Pashelka: Stadium Series: Sharks’ Joe Thornton won’t forget outdoor game experience

“Still, the experience was something that Couture, Thornton and the rest of the Sharks will never forget.”


Kevin Kurz: Instant Replay: Sharks falter in Stadium Series vs. LA

“The Sharks officially lost their sixth straight home game (0-4-2), and are 3-6-2 in their last 11.”

Kevin Kurz: Rewind: Sharks suffer costly defeat outdoors to Kings

“The result sent a small town’s worth of people home disappointed, and leaves the Sharks with much slimmer odds of making the playoffs with just 21 games to go.”

Ray Ratto: Sharks sustain bad loss with playoff window closing

“In sum, they waited too long to start, didn’t get enough benefit from the part of the game they claimed as theirs, and paid for their waste by disappearing when it mattered most.”


Dan Rosen: Kings hold off Sharks to win Stadium Series game

“The temperature was 57.4 degrees Fahrenheit when the game started at 7:16 p.m. PT. The tailgates going on outside of the stadium started hours before that under the sun on what was a picture-perfect Northern California day.”

Shawn Roarke: Kings’ Gaborik comes up with another clutch goal

“Not only did Gaborik’s goal, his third since Jan. 14, deliver a vital win against a fierce rival and extend the Kings’ win streak to seven games, but it put Los Angeles back in the Stanley Cup Playoff picture, where they have been missing for long stretches this season.”


Katie Strang: Have these Sharks changed at all?

“San Jose now has 21 games left — “42 points on the table,” as McLellan swiftly noted — to snag a postseason berth and position themselves for a run.”


Greg Wyshynski: Sharks chew on playoff hopes after Stadium Series setback to Kings

“Did Niemi lose the puck? He said playing in the stadium had its challenges. “It was a little different. Especially the high ones, felt different. The lighting. The background,” said Niemi.”


jake.sundstrom: Sharks lose close game to the Kings outdoors

“Still, if the Sharks play the way they did tonight the rest of the season, they should be in okay shape to make the playoffs.”

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.