The Los Angeles Kings gained a 6-3 win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday at STAPLES Center, staying alive in the series. The Sharks lead the series 3-1, but the Kings may make a comeback if they continue to play like they Thursday.
The Kings said over and over again that Thursday, they just needed to win, and they did. Now they are going to take it one game at a time. It has only been done 3 times in NHL history that a team bounced back to win the series after a 3-0 deficit in the series.
The Jonathan Quick everyone knows and loves was starting in net making 36 out of 39 saves.
The Kings offense that was lacking stepped up tonight and the defense killed one out of five penalties. The Sharks killed one out of four. The Kings dominated in hits only, the Sharks dominated in shots and face-off wins.
It was the physical and competitive game everyone expected out of this series.
Marian Gaborik put the Kings on the map first with assists to Dustin Brown and Slava Voynov. But in the last minute of the first the Sharks tied the games.
The second period started with a power play goal from Justin Williams assisted by Mike Richards and Jake Muzzin. Then The Sharks tied the score again. Williams came back for his second of the night assisted by Willie Mitchell and Jarret Stoll. Tyler Toffoli, who’s birthday was on Thursday, gave the Kings a 4-2 lead at the end of the second with assists to Alec Martinez and Jeff Carter.
The third period started with a change in the net for the Sharks and with Gaborik’s second of the night assisted by Kopitar. Then the Sharks got a power play, but Kings Captain Dustin Brown scored a empty netter to secure the Kings win, with the assist to Toffoli.
In the final minutes the Sharks kept going after the Kings players and a scrum resulted in five penalties, three Sharks and two Kings. And when the game finished Burns went after Regehr but Regehr took him down and the Kings finally celebrated.
Game five will be back at the SAP Center in San Jose on Saturday night, 7:00 PM PST.Tags: Hockey, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, NHL, San Jose Sharks