Jonathan Quick made 24 saves in his seventh career playoff shutout, and the Los Angeles Kings moved to the brink of their second straight trip to the Western Conference finals with a 3-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 on Thursday night.
Anze Kopitar and Slava Voynov scored, and Jeff Carter added an empty-net goal as the defending Stanley Cup champions won their 13th consecutive home game in dominant fashion and lead the series 3-2. Read More
The sixth-seeded Sharks were one goal away from being in a 3-0 hole in their Western Conference second-round series.
Thanks to Logan Couture, they have a chance to take a 3-2 lead when they visit the fifth-seeded Los Angeles Kings for Game 5 today.
San Jose dropped the first two games of its matchup with its Pacific Division rival on the road and found itself in overtime in Game 3 at home on Saturday. Read More
Brent Burns helped San Jose jump off to a fast start with his second goal of the postseason and the Sharks tied their second-round series against Los Angeles at two games with a 2-1 victory over the Kings in Game 4 on Tuesday night. Read More
So far, the Sharks’ Stanley Cup playoff series with the Los Angeles Kings is giving hockey nuts everything they could ask for: drastic momentum swings, rock’em, sock’em play, a controversial suspension, a wounded hero and dazzling performances from two of the game’s best goalies.
In one corner, we have the defending champs and in the other, a veteran club that might be making its last push to finally capture Lord Stanley’s Cup. And all the action is wrapped up and packaged in a heated NorCal-SoCal division rivalry. Read More
When Logan Couture limped off the ice in the middle of a tied game San Jose desperately needed to win, it looked as if he was taking the Sharks’ playoffs hopes with him.
Instead Couture managed to make it back out on the ice to give his team an emotional spark and topped that by scoring the overtime game-winner that got the Sharks back into their second-round series against Los Angeles with a 2-1 victory in Game 3 on Saturday night. Read More
Captain Dustin Brown tied it with 1:43 left and Trevor Lewis scored the tiebreaking power-play goal 22 seconds later, propelling the Los Angeles Kings to a stunning 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night and a 2-0 series lead. Read More
San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres was suspended for the rest of the Western Conference semifinal series against Los Angeles on Thursday for a hit to Kings forward Jarret Stoll's head.
Torres was assessed a minor penalty for charging for the second-period hit Tuesday night in the Kings' 2-0 victory in Game 1. Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Torres is considered a repeat offender. Read More
Raffi Torres spent the past year in San Jose trying to shake his reputation as a dangerous player.
His hit on Los Angeles center Jarret Stoll might have erased much of that work and put both players’ postseason futures in doubt.
Stoll is likely to miss Game 2 of the Kings’ second-round playoff series against the Sharks tonight. The valuable two-way forward didn’t return to the series opener after a hard hit from Torres late in the second period of Los Angeles’ 2-0 victory. Read More
Jonathan Quick made 35 saves in his sixth career playoff shutout, and the Los Angeles Kings opened their second-round series with a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.
Slava Voynov and Mike Richards each had a goal and an assist in the defending Stanley Cup champions' 11th straight victory at Staples Center since March. Read More
Although Joe Thornton and Dustin Brown might not agree on much else over the next two weeks, both captains believe hockey has never been bigger or better in California, from the thriving youth game all the way to their state’s three winning NHL clubs.
The Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings are eager to highlight this renaissance in their second-round playoff series. It’s the fourth postseason meeting between Golden State teams, but the first beyond the opening round. Read More