The Los Angeles Kings will advance to round two of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs after a 5-1 game seven victory over the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Wednesday.
The Kings became the fourth team in NHL history to come back after falling 3-0 in a series to win it.
Before the game Dustin Brown said “They’re on home ice and had a 3-0 lead, but we’ve battled all this way. Everyone talks about this history of this, at the end of the day we have our own internal pressure. We didn’t expect to go down 3-0. We didn’t expect to lose in the first round. That still holds true given the way the series has unfolded. Nothing has changed for us as well.”
He added, that the group has been together for so long that they all know to go out there and do their job individually, ‘When you’ve been together and been through it all together, that goes a long way in trusting each other to do the job.”
Jonathan Quick was in net for the Kings making 25 saves, and Antti Niemi was in net for the Sharks making 18 saves.
Brown said about Quick after the game “I think if you ask Quickie, he probably didn’t play as well as he would have liked early on in the series. But at the end of the day, there are 19 guys who had his back and it’s a microcosm of what he’s about. He’s very unflappable. He just keeps battling. Tonight he made a save on Marleau that probably changed the whole outlook of the game.”
The Sharks had six power play opportunities but took advantage of none, and the Kings took advantage of one out of three. The Kings dominated in only blocked shots.
It was a tight series and from the start it was known to be a battle to game seven, and it was. But there could only be one winner.
The first period was scoreless. The second period started with a goal from the Sharks, and that was it for them. Drew Doughty came firing in with a power play goal assisted by Jeff Carter and Marian Gaborik. Then Anze Kopitar got a goal from Justin Williams and Kyle Clifford. Williams has five goals and nine points in the four decisive games he has been a part of, dating back to the 2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The third period came with a goal from Tyler Toffoli assisted by Tanner Pearson and Jake Muzzin. Then it was followed by two empty netters; One from Dustin Brown assisted by Kopitar and one from Pearson assisted by Trevor Lewis.
Willie Mitchell, Jordan Nolan and Jeff Schultz were a healthy scratch for the Kings. Matt Greene stepped in for Mitchell, and Schultz was called up from the AHL due to Mitchell’s game six undisclosed injury.
Head Coach Darryl Sutter did yet another phenomenally job leading the team to success. Round two will be against the Anaheim Ducks, first game will be on Saturday.
“It was so much fun”, said Doughty on coming back and winning. “It will never compare to winning a Stanley Cup obviously, but it’s right there with it – this feeling. But I can’t be satisfied. None of us can be satisfied. Our job is not even close to being done. So here comes the next series.”
Dustin Brown spoke to Jon Rosen of lakingsinisder.com after the game:
On being the fourth team in NHL history to win a series by overcoming a 3-0 deficit:
It’s one of those things you’ll probably look back on when you’re done playing. Right now, we’re excited about just advancing because at the end of the day that’s what it was about. It wasn’t about making history or doing that sort of thing. It just kind of happened for us and now we have to get prepared again. We’ll look back on it and then it will probably be a little more surprising.
On the series victory reflecting the team’s character:
I think it shows what type of team we have in here. Whether its fans or media or whoever, sometimes it doesn’t always look very bright but – unfortunately found ways to dig ourselves into a hole – but we always find a way to climb on each others’ backs and climb out. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about with this team.Tags: Hockey, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, NHL