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Playoffs Tonight: It’s do or die for Sharks, Kings

May 28, 2013, 8:02 AM EDT

SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 26: Bracken Kearns #38 and Andrew Desjardins #10 of the San Jose Sharks skates after the puck against Jonathan Quick #32 and Trevor Lewis #22 of the Los Angeles Kings in Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on May 26, 2013 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

Both Western Conference series have been pushed to Game 7, so the participants in the Western Conference finals will be determined over the next two contests.

Los Angeles hosts San Jose (9:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN/Live Extra)
Series tied at 3-3

The Sharks and Kings were two of the most successful teams at home during the regular season and both of these squads have perfect records at their respective arenas during the 2013 playoffs.

That works in the Kings’ favor going into this contest, but there are exceptions to trends. After three failed attempts to beat the Kings at Staples Center, San Jose can still advance with just one road victory.

That’s not hard to envision happening. Most of the games in this series have been decided by just one goal and could have easily turned out differently.

Plus there might be a separate factor that negates Los Angeles’ home-ice advantage. Despite being the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Kings are largely inexperienced with Game 7s. As a franchise, Los Angeles hasn’t played in one since 2002 and overall the Sharks’ projected lineup has participated in 31 career Game 7s to the Kings’ 15.

“When you’re road hockey, you’re always playing in a Game 7, right?” Kings captain Dustin Brown, who is among those that will be playing in his first Game 7, told LA Kings Insider. “So I’m looking forward to the opportunity. I know a lot of other guys are looking forward to the opportunity of playing in a game like [tonight].”

On the other end of the spectrum, Sharks forward Scott Gomez is getting ready to participate in his 10th career Game 7.

“The main thing is, what I was told, is that you can’t change your game. Do what got you here,” Gomez told CSN Bay Area. “Obviously, emotions are going to be running high.”

That might be especially true for Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, who seems to be getting frustrated with the Sharks rough play. So far that hasn’t been enough to give the Sharks much of a noticeable edge, but if Quick loses his cool in this contest, it might end up costing the Kings this series.

Of course, in a contest like this, anyone that steps onto the ice could end up being the hero and any mistake could prove fatal.

  1. girouxvy - May 28, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    “… but if Quick looses his cool in this contest…”
    You guys need to learn how to spell. L O S E S!
    Gets on my last nerve!

    • pirovash88 - May 28, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      Cause i’m sure you know all about losing right? You’re either a Flyers’ fan or you just share a last name with one of the biggest douche bags in the NHL.

  2. 49faithful - May 28, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Daaa dum daaa dum da dum da dum da dum

  3. blomfeld - May 28, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    All the King’s horses and all the King’s men …

    will score goals by the bushel, perhaps even ten ! :)

    It’s been a great series and the truth is that ‘both’ sides deserve to move on. Unfortunately that can’t happen and so besides hoping for a King’s victory, my personal wish is that this doesn’t come down to some questionable call by the refs … and with any luck it won’t. So good luck to all, God speed and may the best team win tonight by playing the best hockey !

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

    • sharksman - May 28, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      I cant agree with the go kings go and the score by bushels lol but it has been a really great series. What else could you ask for as a hockey fan ?
      Two really evenly matched teams and it comes down to the last game
      Kings have the home ice and it is going to be a tough one to win in LA but I will be rooting for the Sharks
      Here we go ! 9 hours till the puck drops !
      GO SHARKS !

  4. Habib Marwan - May 28, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Blomfeld is nothing but a wagon hopping , front running fake Kings “fan”. to all the real, long time Kings fan out there, dont be fooled by that fake imitation … he’s an old bitter man from Canada who wont cheer for his own team .

    • blomfeld - May 28, 2013 at 11:50 PM

      “Stand down” from your anger friend … if you knew me in the flesh, then suffice it to say that you’d likely embrace me as your very own brother … :)

      • Habib Marwan - May 29, 2013 at 3:37 AM

        you’re a loser and not a kings fan whatsoever , everyone on here laughs at you

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