San Jose Sharks 6, Los Angeles Kings 3
Final (San Jose wins series, 4-1)
SOG: LAK – 22; SJS – 28
PP: LAK – 0/1; SJS – 0/3
1) SJS - Joonas Donskoi (1) (Logan Couture), 1:08
2) SJS - Chris Tierney (1) (Brent Burns), 11:21
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Darryl Sutter has weighed in on the series’ officiating in the last two days, and it has been covered extensively on this site and in other publications. While the team may be upset over several calls (or an absence of calls) that could’ve been levied in their favor, Sutter’s criticisms fill two pur... Read More
The Los Angeles Kings’ string of seven consecutive wins when facing elimination will be put to the test tonight when they take the ice against the San Jose Sharks, who currently hold a three-games-to-one lead in their best-of-seven series.
“We’ve got to play desperate,” Anze Kopitar said. “We hav... Read More
On the importance of scoring the first goal and getting off to a good start:
Yep, first goals are always important. Good starts are good. Not necessarily goals. Actually the game we won, they scored first. First minute.
On whether anything was gained from the pressure over the final period of Ga... Read More
Matt Nieto - did you know he was a Long Beach native? - spoke with LA Kings Insider earlier today about San Jose's ability to turn a rivalry dominated by home teams into one in which, this season, road teams have had the upper hand. He also spoke to the Sharks' success in limiting top players and de... Read More
Good morning from Staples Center, where the San Jose Sharks are on the ice for an optional 11:30 morning skate. Lots more to come, including several words from Darryl Sutter - who again directed focus on the officiating - as well as Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty, Milan Lucic and Rob Scuderi.
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It is generally said that in the playoffs, referees tend to swallow their whistles. Such has not been the case in the series between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks, which has seen the Kings average 4.5 shorthanded situations per game, above the team’s regular season rate.
This hasn’t w... Read More
If there was a clear advantage the Kings held over their opponents in the regular season, it was the degree to which they operated in the offensive zone. By directing 56.4% of all shot attempts towards the attacking net, their +3.8% advantage over Dallas, the team with the second-best Corsi-for rati... Read More
Good afternoon from El Segundo, where the Kings held an optional practice at 12:00 p.m. after arriving shortly after midnight from San Jose. Six players took the ice - Matt Greene, Kevin Gravel, Nick Shore, Andy Andreoff, Jamie McBain and Jhonas Enroth - as the rest of the team resumed their off-ice... Read More
So there are a few ways to look at the events of Game 4, which served as a somewhat accurate representation of the series to date. On one hand, San Jose scored three power play goals, and Los Angeles isn’t ceding a ton in five-on-five play. There were missed assignments on the penalty kill, plus one... Read More
-With the loss, Los Angeles fell to 11-13 all-time against San Jose in the playoffs, a mark that includes an away record of 5-8. The Kings fell to 111-139 all-time in the playoffs and 49-82 on the road.
-Los Angeles fell to 12-30 all-time in Game 4s. When losing Game 4, the Kings have won 10 of 2... Read More
Luke Schenn, on the loss:
I mean, you can’t spot them a three-goal lead. It’s tough to come back on anyone, let alone a team that you’re facing in the playoffs. Our penalty kill wasn’t near good enough tonight, and special teams were obviously the huge difference. They got three power play goals, a... Read More