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Sharks anticipate physical, intense series with Kings

May 13, 2013, 8:44 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 27: James Sheppard #15 of the San Jose Sharks throws the check against Robyn Regehr #44 of the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on April 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

The San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings played each other four times during the regular season and they both won two contests. Now they have an opportunity to settle their differences in the second round of the playoffs.

The Sharks are coming off a four-game sweep of the Vancouver Canucks, but they know that defeating the defending Stanley Cup champions will be a major task.

“They’re a hard team,” Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart told CSN Bay Area. “They’re going to play hard, and every line is going to throw some physicality at you. They’re going to make it tough, and they don’t give you any ice for free, you’re going to have to work for it.”

That physicality is a big part of the Kings’ game and it’s one area where the Sharks are likely to be at a disadvantage.

The Kings lost their first two games against the St. Louis Blues in the first round, but stormed back to take the series in six games.

“We saw how intense their first series was, so they’re obviously playing real good hockey having won four straight,” Sharks forward Tommy Wingels said.

This series will also pit the 2012 Stanley Cup winning goaltender against the 2010 winner. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick and Sharks netminder Antti Niemi were both great in the first round and figure to be key factors in this series.

Game 1 will be at the Staples Center where the Kings were 19-4-1 in the regular season and 3-0 in the first round.

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - May 13, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Sharks in 6

  2. sjsharks66 - May 13, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Sharks in 6 or 7
    This will not be an easy series! Im hoping if the Sharks make it to the next round, they do so not injured.

    In 2011 when they made it to the WCF Clowe, Heatly and Thornton had series injuries from the Wings series. That obviously made the next round, that much harder.

  3. thehighcountrybear - May 13, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Dream on…

    Kings are gonna pound the snot of the Sharks…the Diving Nationals are over, time to play some hard-assed hockey girls!

    The Sharks are not playing a dispirited and disorganized Canucks team in round two, no sireeeee Bob! Kings are built ground up to play big boy playoff hockey…Sharks, a threat to disrupt an occasional prayer meeting? Give me hallelujah brother Blomfeld…

    Kings in four, five if flopping fairy hockey sells on the foolish fops for refs…

    • ethanmacleod1685 - May 13, 2013 at 9:47 PM

      Are you high?

    • blomfeld - May 13, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      San Jose Sharks = Victoria’s Secret

      Achtung Highcountrybear ! I gotta level with ya man. Not only are you funny and entertaining with your writings here, but as well you nail the ‘bulls eye of truth’ every time ! :) Indeed, these Sharkie fans need to understand that the lingerie show has been cancelled. Instead, an epic fight is about to ensue where no quarter will asked or given. We Kings are bent on destroying these Silicon Valley fruitcakes and God willing, that’s exactly what we’re going to do !

      GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. thailer35 - May 13, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    I’m sorry @thehighcountrybear… Diving you say? Do me a favor and see what the old YouTube machine spits out when you feed it the words “Dustin Brown dive”. I think you’ll find a smorgasbord of videos that could be very educational, seeing as how he is in fact the “King” of dives.

    Go Sharks. As a ‘Yotes fan, I hope Brown gets destroyed by Raffi like he would have in game 5 of the WCF last year after kneeing Rosival, had Shanaban not issued the most ridiculous suspension in professional sports history.

    • blomfeld - May 13, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      listen up Trailer … my hope is that you and that retard Torres enjoy your date together at Dairy Queen this Saturday night …

      • thailer35 - May 13, 2013 at 11:36 PM

        There ya go blom! That a boy! Can’t dispute the fact that Brown is a diver, so being the homer you are, you go straight for the sexual orientation jokes! Or perhaps you’re calling me a girl, but the point remains the same.

        Blow kings blow!

  5. blomfeld - May 13, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    “the Kings stormed back to take the series ” …

    You gotta love the sound of that eh ? :)

    Well just like the excellent Blues, I’ve always respected the Sharks of San Jose. They’re a ‘tough and talent-laden’ team who fate hasn’t been kind to when it ultimately counts … historically very similar to us Kings when you think about it. Regardless, they’re now the enemy and so no further complements. ‘Of course’ we Kings are going to bring a “physicality” to bear. That’s a given after all, especially considering the fact that we’re the absolute biggest team in the league, bar none. What’s critical however, at least in my humble opinion, is that we Kings now go on a ‘scoring’ rampage which sends the Sharks hopelessly reeling! And we can do that, as we do have the guns required (ie: Carter, Kopitar, Richards, Brown, Williams, Doughty, etc) The bottom line friends is that we have to be ‘tough, ruthless and deadly’ with these people, while never taking our foot off their throats for even a second !

    GO KINGS GO !!!

  6. xxakshunxx - May 13, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Name calling to people you will never meet in person.. Doesn’t get any sadder than that. Internet tough guys here watch out

  7. sjsharks66 - May 13, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    “Greatest come back in NHL playoff history” who set that record? Oh yeah, the Sharks. Against who again?

    • 22lakings22 - May 13, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      I’m sorry…how many cups did your Sharks have again? Yeah…that just happened.

    • jernster21 - May 13, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      Clearly it wasn’t worth remembering.

    • hrudey - May 14, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      “I was there when they raised the banner to the rafters for that” said no Sharks fan ever.

  8. jernster21 - May 13, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    The Sharks are going to get physically destroyed in this series. They wouldn’t have got past the St. Louis Blues either.

  9. sjsharks66 - May 13, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    @22 how many years did it take for your team to win a cup? You even had the greatest player to ever play the sport on your team! If the Sharks took 19 years to win a cup they still would have done it faster then the Kings franchise did.

    Theres a little knowledge for you vast LA bandwagon.

    • blomfeld - May 14, 2013 at 12:26 AM

      back off sjsharks66 … seriously !

      hey man, I like you and stuff … but seriously, just what in the hell are you talking about ? … you guys are in your 23rd year of existence, so what’s with this ’19 years’ crap ? … so a little word of advice to you pal before the hostilities begin … never tempt where there exists ‘lethal’ repercussions …

      the bottom line … LA Kings in 5 ! :)

  10. sjsharks66 - May 14, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Im saying if it took the Sharks 19 years from now, mathematically they still will have technically won the cup before the Kings organization did.

    I like you too Blom, especially since I am a huge Elvis fan haha heres to hoping we can stay civil through this series!

    Best of luck, i say sharks in 6 though.

    • blomfeld - May 14, 2013 at 1:48 AM

      “okay man, I got it” …

      sjsharks66 – we’re ‘all good’ friend, even though I hate the fact that we now have to be adversaries for the next little while … anyway, let’s make a deal here by agreeing that we both support ‘whoever’ emerges victorious from this epic struggle, all the way to the Stanley Cup itself ! … are you in ? … :)

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