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Discuss: Sharks take Game 4, even semifinal series against Kings

May 22, 2013, 12:54 AM EDT

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The Western Conference semifinal between the L.A.Kings and San Jose Sharks is now tied.

The Sharks grabbed a 2-0 lead and then held on to beat the Kings by a final score of 2-1 on Tuesday night, tying up the best-of-seven series at 2-2, as it shifts back to L.A. for Game 5.

Logan Couture got credit for the winning goal early in the second period, after a Dan Boyle shot deflected off Couture’s body and past Jonathan Quick.

Some points to discuss.

  • The L.A. Kings may feel they deserve a better result, or at least overtime, after a quick whistle nullified what should’ve been an L.A. goal in the second period. The puck was clearly loose behind Sharks’ goalie Antti Niemi, but play was prematurely blown dead. And so continues the storyline about officiating in these playoffs.
  • Dustin Brown, it seemed, was everywhere on the ice Tuesday. He collided with Patrick Marleau in the first period, getting shaken up on the play. Brown later nailed Couture in the second period.
  • Brent Burns opened the scoring, with Joe Thornton recording the assist. Thornton now has seven points in his last five playoff games.
  • Is Jonathan Quick getting frustrated? He was assessed an abuse of an official penalty at the end of Game 3, and gave Sharks’ forward Tommy Wingels a healthy smack in the face with his catching glove in Game 4.
  • What an odd game. The Kings had nine shots on goal through the first two periods. The Sharks had eight shots on the goal through the final two periods.
  • Kyle Clifford and Matt Greene returned to the Kings’ lineup for Game 4.
  1. thewaytonever - May 22, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    what a game. sharks dominated the first half and the kings dominated the second. this should have gone to ot. but the refs blew the whistle too fast in penners goal. sucks kings fan but we get to go back to your place 2 mire times maybe so advantage you at the moment. good win from the sharks. braun, burns and Thornton were great

    • windmiller4 - May 22, 2013 at 1:03 AM

      Firstly, More*

      How do you know its going to game 7? Kings or Sharks could win the next two.. All we know is its gonna be at least 6 games. Unless you have some crystal ball i don’t know about..

      • titansrbeast - May 22, 2013 at 1:16 AM

        Firstly, people make simple typos all the time

        He said “we’re going to your place twice again maybe” MAYBE which means it COULD go 7 not it WILL go 7. Learn to read correctly before making comments trying to sound like you know it all. There’s no crystal ball involved, only common sense to people who take time to PAY ATTENTION.

      • windmiller4 - May 22, 2013 at 1:56 AM

        Woah there buddy dont get your panties all in a bunch. I miss read it, so don’t get all offended over something as stupid as a comment online.

    • fpstratton - May 22, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      I think the Sharks have been better than the Kings, for the most part, in this series, but L.A. may have found something in that third period. I expect Los Angeles to hold serve at home in game 5, but this series seems destined to go 7. L.A. in 7 games…..by an eyelash!

  2. windmiller4 - May 22, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    First off great game by the sharks, opened the game strong and managed to hold off the kings at the end. Officiating was just terrible today, Should’ve been a penalty on Marleau when he hit Brown, should’ve been a penalty on Brown when he hit Couture, the quick whistle etc etc.. Once again both goalies played great, can’t wait for game 5, Go Kings!

    • sharksman - May 22, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      Cant agree with the go kings :) but I agree with the rest. Has been a real tough series if the kings don’t break at home…… might be a 7 game affair

  3. peehergriphon - May 22, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Quick whistle didn’t help but neither did Quick. Quick was too busy pushing and punching. Kings will live or die by Quick and his quick temper.

    • windmiller4 - May 22, 2013 at 1:05 AM

      Quick helped more than anyone else, he does need to control himself more but he showed more emotion than any other king in the first half. Nothing wrong with that, everyone on the ice was doing it

    • hrudey - May 22, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      If not for Quick, the game was over before first intermission. He needs to get control of his emotions before he does something really stupid, but unless he can find a way to score from his crease (or, well, four feet beyond it) there’s not much more we can ask from him.

  4. thewaytonever - May 22, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    i didn’t say it would. I said we go back to LA 2 more times, maybe

  5. peehergriphon - May 22, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    If a team can play 1st period like SJ and 3rd period like LA, it would win the cup easy.

  6. xxakshunxx - May 22, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    The refs blew that call but you can’t assume they score their goal in the third based off that.. That none goal changed the game but for all we know they allow that and the sharks could’ve scored after and went up 3-1.. Never know but yes bad call

  7. bauxjangles - May 22, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    If not for quick, the kings wouldn’t have cared about that disallowed goal because this would have been a 5-1 washout. He was a bit chippy, but I think he gets more allowance than anyone else on either team because teams have been gunning for him all season. He gets defensive with the crease because refs have let a lot of crap on him go. Case and point is the entire blues series.

  8. aldog83 - May 22, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Kings put themselves in a bad spot.

    Out shot 15-3 in the 1st!

    In a game they could have took a commanding 3-1 series lead in? Unacceptable!

    BAD CALL ON QUICK WHISTLE! Kings got HOSED on that one.

    But they played a bad game for 2 periods and had to scramble in the end.

    Kings need to start strong…..

    And FINNISH STRONG!

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

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