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Kings stave off elimination, force Game 5 against Sharks

Apr 25, 2014, 1:32 AM EDT

The L.A. Kings needed a win to save their season and playoffs. It was that simple. And a win is exactly what they earned.

The Kings, trailing the San Jose Sharks 3-0 in the best-of-seven opening-round series coming into the evening, took over the game in the second period to defeat their California rivals by a final score of 6-3. San Jose now leads the series 3-1. The final few minutes ended with animosity, including a scrap at the final buzzer between Brent Burns and Robyn Regehr.

Their offensive outburst through the second period and early into the third chased San Jose goalie Antti Niemi from the game. His night came to an end after Marian Gaborik scored 34 seconds into the third period, giving a desperate L.A. team a three-goal lead. Niemi made 21 saves on 26 shots faced.

The team in front of him was chasing the game throughout. Gaborik opened the scoring less than five minutes into the game, but the Sharks answered on a nifty play from James Sheppard, who knocked the puck out of mid-air and past Jonathan Quick to even the score at 1-1 with just seven seconds remaining in the opening period.

The Kings, undeterred, took the lead for good late in the second period, as Justin Williams showed some hand-eye coordination of his own, deftly deflecting the puck past Niemi for his second goal of the night. Tyler Toffoli scored with 59 seconds remaining in the second period to up L.A.’s lead to a pair of goals heading into the third.

  1. cybernetikghost - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    What a pathetic way for San Jose to take a loss. Wonder what the purpose is of putting Torres in at the end there?

    No sweep for you!

    • wowgoodforyou - Apr 25, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      Kind of like how pathetic your Queens got their asses handed to them three straight? and How they’re still down two games and will inevitably lose? No round 2 for you! Suck a fat one, will ya buddy? Thanks!

      • cybernetikghost - Apr 25, 2014 at 8:47 PM

        No, kinda like how your pathetic team has to act like they were out to injure because they lost a game. I’ve said it in another post but with a 3-1 series lead, it’s far from necessary. I would expect more from a team with Dan Boyle on it. Why are you guys so bitter? Suck a fat one? Really?

  2. sharksfan754 - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    Refs were bad in this game. Before you thumbs down me read on. I’m not talking pp’s for the sharks or kings but from a control point. They had way too much crap at the beginning and even more at the end of thuggery instead of hockey. I like fights in hockey but not what went on here. A lot if nonsense could’ve been avoided by some simple calls.

    • joey4id - Apr 25, 2014 at 8:11 AM

      Starting a comment referencing the refs is not going to entice connoisseurs of the game to read one. It’s mind blowing to read so many comments about how bad the referees are. There is not one team sport (soccer, baseball, football, basketball) that have decent referees according to fans.

      Many fans have accused teams of buying referees or some being biased for the home team because of their nationality. That’s all BS. Boston could have been called for a few penalties last night in the dying minutes of the the 3rd period. Chara punched a Detroit player (Franzen??) in back of the head, and Marchand slashed another. No penalties called. Letting the players decide the outcome of the came is a common theme. Professional refs in a high stakes game will put the whistle away to let the boys decide the outcome of the game unless they see a blatant infraction which clearly gives an advantage to the culprit’s team. Ex: if an offensive player in the offensive zone commits an infraction which leads to the d team turning over the puck, and that leads to a potential scoring opportunity than the ref will call it. The same play in the neutral may go unpunished.

      If trip happens 30 feet behind a play it highly likely that the refs will not blow the whistle especially if the game is in within reach.

  3. pirovash88 - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    Real classy San Jose, can’t beat the Kings so you might as well act like a bunch of goons right?

    • titansrbeast - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:40 AM

      Haha yeah ok I think you better watch some of these games before you go calling the Sharks goons.

    • sanjosecupcrazy - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:47 AM

      It wasn’t our dude who pulled a cheap knee on knee maneuver and knocked one of your players out for most the season. LA’s roster is full of douchebags.

    • billiam55 - Apr 25, 2014 at 7:33 AM

      not a fan of either team but they pooped and outscored on the kings in games 1 and 2 wat are you taking about? then they beat them the kings at their own home in game 3. i watched the game wat goofing? that was gooning to u?

  4. gsprulz - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    wow kings are officially the new canucks apparently..karma will bite back in San Jose Saturday night.

  5. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    Well considering how I slept through most of the game, I will say that I really hate why the refs throughout the playoffs have wanted to break up any fight(s). I know the league wants it gone but it’s frustrating to see fights that start not get finished

  6. sjsharks66 - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:41 AM

    Oh no! A team lost and fought back at the end. The Kings were playing like punks all game. Why does Quick NEVER get a penalty for anything? Throwing punches at Sheppard on the ground? Im fine with the fight the Sharks had at the end. Now the Kings come back to San Jose where Quick has let in a combined 12 goals. Calm down Kings fans, you finally won ONE game in the series.

    • pirovash88 - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:49 AM

      Waaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh! Quick never gets penalized!!

      Don’t be upset because you and a couple of other morons though the Sharks actually had the potential to sweep the Kings.

    • pirovash88 - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:49 AM

      Waaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh! Quick never gets penalized!!

      Don’t be upset because you and a couple of other morons thought the Sharks actually had the potential to sweep the Kings.

      • sanjosecupcrazy - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:49 AM

        ….And don’t be upset when we take your douchebag hockey team out behind the shed in Game 5 and put one in Ol’ Yeller’s Ear. Enjoy one more game…. then enjoy your offseason. Plenty of beaches and stargazing to keep you shallow rejects busy down there, I’m sure.

    • nightfireop - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:52 AM

      not trying to be mean here but…have you ever win or lose graciously before?

    • cybernetikghost - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:18 AM

      It’s not just a fight and you are completely aware of that. The only reason that you are okay with it is because you are as mad as they were that they lost. The problem is that it’s classless goonery that, with a 3-1 series lead, was far from necessary. If you are going to judge teams on how dirty they are, you have to include all 30.

      • tunesguy - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        Any moron who watched the game would know that there was ZERO thuggery. The Torres\Brown\Desjardins Rough Fest toward the end was started by Willie Mitchell, who skated up and punched James Sheppard in the face while he was engaged with Martinez. Funny how a blatant cheap shot will get other players riled up, huh?

        And Brent Burns dropped the mitts with Regehr after Regehr chopped him with the stick.

        Tons of “thuggery” my a$$.

  7. iowa02 - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    No penalty for Willie Mitchell blantant hit on Sheppard….in front of the ref. No call. Then a dummy commentator saying, ‘That’s playoff hockey’. Ummmm…no it is not. Saturday is going to be acrimonious and I am being generous with that description.

    • cybernetikghost - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:23 AM

      Things weren’t called when they should have been and vice versa, but it went both ways. There were plenty of sharks AND kings players that should have been penalized or went down too easily. It wasn’t a Willie Mitchell specialty.

  8. aldog83 - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:48 AM

    Gm 5 will be toughest for LA.

    Sharks will desperately look to squash any hope for Kings and avoid going back to LA.

    If Sharks fail on Saturday.

    Things could get intrtesting.

    I hope SJ feels like they have this in the bag.

    The Sharks Fans certainly do and have no respect for Kings.

    • titansrbeast - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:45 AM

      Um, no we don’t think we “have this in the bag”. Pretty sure we all remember letting Detroit come back from 3-0 and forcing that crazy game 7. There’s a difference between that, and just feeling confident about your team in general. So far the Sharks have played good games and are matching the Kings physicality. I’m worried that the Sharks will lose in the tank off a soft goal, maybe in OT or something…and if THAT happens, then I will definitely feel very nervous.

      (Most likely though, we’re ending it at the tank) <:}

      • fpstratton - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        I think San Jose is the better team and will win in the Shark tank on Saturday. I am a Kings fan, but agree that the Sharks’ team speed has really increased over the last 12 months. Last year, the Kings looked like the faster team in their narrow win over the Sharks in the second round. This year, San Jose looks much quicker. Kudos to them for having made improvements. These are two very good teams, and people shouldn’t get so hyped up about the fighting and “cheap shots.” That’s part of hockey. Both teams want to win and get an edge anyway they can. Nothing wrong with that.

      • titansrbeast - Apr 25, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        Yeah we have much more depth this year and the physicality of the series has been great. Can’t wait to watch the next game. Thanks for being a reasonable Kings fan. :)

  9. sharksman - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    Never said it would be easy
    split on the road is a good thing
    win at home and everyone forgets this one
    loose at home and even if the sharks win the series it will take its toll on the next round
    go Sharks !

  10. muckleflugga - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:58 AM

    where are the san josé band- wagon jackals inciting the half-wit feeding frenzy tonight …?

    they can’t win with grace and they sure as hell can’t lose with a bit of humour

    lmao … throw dirt but come back when it’s your turn to get muddied girls

    • nightfireop - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:15 AM

      im sure there are plenty of sharks fans out there that do win with grace and vice versa.

      but here on a forum where people can hide under an anonymous name, brings out the worst in people. i’m not saying that i’m scott-free; but it’s just so much easier to curse out when you hide behind an alias.

      • nightfireop - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:17 AM

        consider: would sjsharks66 talk the way he does here on the forums if he had to display his real name to for all to see? i’m taking a leap of faith here to say that he doesn’t ask like the way he does here in real life (correct me if i’m wrong sjsharks66) but again, hiding behind an alias gives some the opportunity to bring the worst out in them.

      • charlieconway96 - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:23 AM

        While I’m a Kings fan and rarely agree with anything sharky66 says, isn’t the ability to voice our true feelings of either elation or frustration while remaining anonymous why 99% of us have made up names on here?

      • cybernetikghost - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:27 AM

        sjsharks66 is actually Brent Burns

      • nightfireop - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:32 AM

        i guess, in alot of ways perhaps it’s a good thing to be able to let it all out without damaging your real-life reputation.

      • nightfireop - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:33 AM

        cyber, brent burns doesn’t live in the outskirts of san jose and watches sharks games on a non-hd tv.

      • pirovash88 - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:17 AM

        Night, it’s a fuzzy computer monitor dude, come on get it right, haha.

  11. jshimota01 - Apr 25, 2014 at 4:23 AM

    I for one tip my hat to the Kings… I expected that they would cave and they didn’t. They played an excellent game at a quick tempo and Quick was actually very good. The thuggery was uncalled for but that’s tone setting for the next game and seems to happen all around the league so I dismiss it. Actually, its nice to see the sharks not acting sweet and nice for a change. I also agreed with one poster who said he snoozed through this game… Even with 9 (10? :) ) goals it seemed boring for some reason. Where the heck is Kopitar or Thornton? I see them skating around but really no quality set plays to see. Oh well. hope Los Tiberones finish this in 5 so we can rest up!

  12. sjsharks66 - Apr 25, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    Can’t help but laugh at all the “hiding behind the computer comments.” Sorry if trash talk in the playoffs hurts the Queens fans feelings. Sharks fans have no respect for the Kings. Vise versa. Personally i am not going to pretend the Kings played some amazing and clean game. They gooned it up and got away with everything unless the refs HAD to make a call. Kings were all talk tonight because they knew the refs broke up every argument on the ice.

    • patthehockeyfan - Apr 25, 2014 at 7:31 AM

      Didn’t quite “get away with everything.”

      PIM: Kings – 36; Sharks – 38

      C’mon, sharks66! You’re usually gracious when the Sharks win. This sour grapes trash talk is beneath you.

      • pirovash88 - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:19 AM

        You kidding me, he’s always been like this. Was trash last year when the Kings beat the Sharks in 7 and always will be.

  13. sjsharks66 - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    patthehockeyfan you are right. Im usually cool and polite on here. Win or lose I am usually neutral. Except when I have some turd going around saying I am hiding behind a name. As if anyone on here has their real full names on display. It’s just really annoying when the comments section turns into a 5th grade playground. Especially with the circumstances that the Kings fans gloat while the series is 3-1. While at the same time they were telling Sharks fans not to be proud after winning the last 3 games.

    • patthehockeyfan - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      Agreed. You’re always cool and polite.

      As for the Kings winning a game, all I can say is, “Phew!” This series hasn’t been a lot of fun to watch. I can’t let it effect my mood, though. I’m not out on the ice, and, it’s out of my hands. I’d love to see the Kings win because I love the Kings. I don’t hate the Sharks.

      As to the 5th-grade playground comments, ignore the noise, sharks, and don’t get into the sandbox with them. That’s the best revenge.

      Have a good weekend!

      And, if I may: GKG!!!

  14. sjsharks66 - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    pirovash88 pretty sure a lot of Sharks fans had plenty to complain about last series. The Kings got won that series by the skin on their teeth. That’s in the past. This is now. Sharks are up 3-1 and Quick gets to play at the tank where he had a 7.2 GAA after 2 games. Not too worried about that. The Tank will show you Kings fans how to chant a goalies name correctly. Not wait for Staples to tell you to do it when you have a 1 goal lead. When the Sharks take this series we will see how you and all the Kings fans on here act. Have a good day pirovash88. Enjoy this win.

    • pirovash88 - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      I could care less how this Series turns out, you know why? Cause at the end of the day i can reminisce about an incredible Stanley Cup run, what do you have, couple of Division Champ Banners?

      • tunesguy - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:04 PM

        Too bad it took 45 years for your Kings to stop choking and actually win a Cup, huh? That drought was twice as long as the Sharks have even been a franchise but hey, great smack talk, pirovash88.

    • cybernetikghost - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      Honestly, most kings fans (if not all) expect the sharks to win. The biggest irritation is the fact that everyone is engraving the sharks’ names on the cup already. As a fan of a team that actually won the cup, it takes more than beating your cross-state rival. It’s okay though, keep thinking about the next game or the next series, that’s what San Jose did in this game and that’s why we are going to game 5.

      • fpstratton - Apr 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        This could be the Sharks’ year (I know this is a recording). However, they seem to have a really good chemistry and could be catching a break as far as their next competition, seeing that the Ducks appear wounded and the Hawks and Blues are basically beating the sh** out of each other. If they can end this in five, they figure to be well rested for the next round.

  15. wingsdjy - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Whatever happened to blomfeld? Surprised to see he hasn’t posted on this article.

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