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Sharks go on the attack, defeat Kings in Game 1

Apr 18, 2014, 1:21 AM EDT

The San Jose Sharks put on display their killer instinct against the L.A. Kings in Game 1 of their Western Conference quarter-final series.

The Sharks jumped out to a five-goal lead at the end of two periods, chasing Jonathan Quick from the game, and then held on for a 6-3 victory to take a 1-0 series lead. The evening started ominously enough – a power outage before the two teams took the ice for the pre-game skate.

The Sharks shot the lights out after that. Tomas Hertl and Patrick Marleau each scored in the final minute of the first period to give San Jose a three-goal lead after 20 minutes. And away the Sharks went from there.

And it was a particularly eventful first period, too.

Mike Brown, put into the San Jose lineup while Martin Havlat was scratched, threw the shoulder into Kings’ defenseman Slava Voynov, who fell hard into Quick, his goalie, causing a huge scrum behind the L.A. net.

Game on from there.

The Kings made it interesting in the third period with a trio of goals from Jake Muzzin, Voynov and Trevor Lewis, but it was too little, too late.

  1. sjtorpitt - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    Can’t stop playing, no matter what lead. GG.

  2. sjsharksfan11 - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    Blomfeld please! Hahaha

    • joey4id - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      Back off, buddy! You haven’t won the SC yet let alone the series.

    • laxnhockey - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:12 AM

      You won’t be hearing from blomfeld anytime soon. Too bad we couldn’t say the same for joey.

      • joey4id - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        Here! You should be grateful for my hockey acumen and relevant hockey comments. It’s an opportunity for you to learn from one of the best hockey commenters here. 😘

  3. shwatson - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    Can’t believe all the high scoring games so far. Only team that hasn’t scored at least 3 goals is the Flyers so far. I know it’s the first game for everyone but if these scores stay somewhat consistent throughout the playoffs it’ll be highest scoring playoffs in years. I know it’s doubtful that it stays like this.

  4. sharksfan754 - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    Sharks dominated first two. The kings owned the third. You can’t stop playing ever. Only 3 seasons ago the sharks came back from a four goal deficit against these same kings (for the mist part).

    • hookersdontsnuggle - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      And i was in attendance for that game. hands down the best sporting event ive ever been to.

  5. nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:16 AM

    When the Kings cut it to 5-3 in the 3rd, some of us of a certain age thought, “Well, I’ve seen them erase a 5-0 3rd period deficit in an opening round playoff game before. Can they do it again?” But this one was hundreds of miles from the old Forum at Prairie and Manchester and there was to be no miracle tonight.

  6. gsprulz - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:17 AM

    sharks unlike last year have more depth but, that 3rd period was horrific. Not sure what to think going forward. Happy to get that W.

  7. sjsharks66 - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:19 AM

    60 minute game next time Sharks! No reason it should have been 5-3 at one point. Go Sharks!!

  8. titansbro - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Starting to think my Bruins/Kings SCF pick in my office pool was not so wise. In my defense, I wanted someone else out of the West but everyone was picking Chi & Ana. Should’ve taken the Blues I guess.

    • micasa81 - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:55 AM

      I just can’t muster as much confidence in the Kings as everyone else seems to have. They went quite gently into the night against the Hawks last year, and I think any one of the Blues, Ducks or Hawks will dispatch them in 5 or 6. If they even make it past the Sharks.

    • laxnhockey - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      Many people could have told you that, since neither of those teams will be in the SCF.

    • skr213 - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      It’s waaaay early to be talking like a Kings pick was wrong. I hope it ultimately will be, but Game 1 is only Game 1.

  9. billiam55 - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    if its true about last years playoffs between these teams, it seems like home ice advantage played a big part in who won the series. i gotta say sharks win this series

  10. slysipops - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    there is a ………. missing in action………………. ingredient in the commenting. what might it be ?

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