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Kings dominate Sharks in Game 5, avoid elimination yet again

Apr 27, 2014, 12:50 AM EDT

The L.A. Kings came out like a team fighting for their playoff life. The San Jose Sharks didn’t seem to match that urgency. And now this best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series grows even more interesting.

The Kings, who previously trailed 3-0 in the series, once again managed to avoid elimination with a 3-0 victory over the host Sharks on Saturday. San Jose still leads the series, although their advantage has slimmed to just 3-2 when it looked earlier on in the week like the Sharks might be easily on their way to the second round.

For the second consecutive game, Antti Niemi was pulled from the Sharks net. He allowed three goals on 19 shots faced.

Jeff Carter‘s goal 22 seconds into the second period ended Niemi’s night. Carter has at least a single point in each of the five games in this series, and points in his last nine playoff games dating back to last year.

Meanwhile, at the other end, Jonathan Quick, who was lit up earlier in this series, recorded his first shutout of these playoffs.

He was remarkable when called upon, including a highlight save off Andrew Desjardins in the first period. His teammates responded, with Anze Kopitar scoring his first of the series.

  1. cybernetikghost - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    Live to fight another day…

    • Professor Fate - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      Would have liked to have seen this kind of fight-for-their-lives intensity from the start of the series.

  2. pirovash88 - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    NIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEMMMMMMMMMMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

    What’s going on Sharks fans? I could’ve sworn you all said this series would be over by now.. So much for Quick”s GA being crap in the Shark Tank huh? Haha.

    • nightfireop - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:58 AM

      well guys, as good as it was tonight. don’t get too over-confident or satisfied; we are still down 3-2 and sj can still close if we don’t show up on monday.

      • cybernetikghost - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:03 AM

        I’m not expecting to win this series. I don’t know a single kings fan that is prone to being overly confident. It feels soooo good to shut out a team that so dominated us for the first 2 games, though.

  3. r8rbhawk - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    This is not how I expected the series to go, 4 out of the 5 games have been blowouts. I was expecting this to be just a close as the Hawks-Blues series. Granted the series is going at least 6 games, but I think most of the hockey world was expecting more nail biters than this series has produced. Nonetheless, I have enjoyed watching the games, they are a good way to decompress after watching the Blackhawks and Blues series which I have mentioned before may send me to my grave.

    • c9castine - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      this is by far the strangest series and the one most unlike what you think it might be.

  4. nogoodtomedead - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    Looks like my Sharks are doing their best to follow form!- God forbid they make it a low stress series. I still think they win one of the next two to win the series- but the complete domination by LA the last two games is disturbing. Stalock in game 6.

  5. sjtorpitt - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    Hope Niemi was comfortable in the bench, bc that’s where he should be next game.

  6. terba28 - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    I’m saying this as a Sharks fan. The Kings are going to win this in 7. If that’s the way they play in a game that matters in front of their fans then there’s no reason to believe that they’ll play any better in LA. Another wasted night staying up past midnight to watch your team make the same mistakes over and over again. Pathetic.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:09 AM

      Yea as a sharks fan, I am worried. They need to start Stalock for next game

      • nightfireop - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:17 AM

        you umm…realize that you’re still up 3-2 in the series right?

      • terba28 - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:46 AM

        @nightfireop They were up 3-0 on the Wings in 2011 and came extremely close to blowing that series too. Seeing this team fail year after year eventually rots all confidence in them.

      • cardsandbluesforever - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:58 AM

        terba28- you’re starting to sound like one of us Blues fans.

    • charlieconway96 - Apr 27, 2014 at 2:33 AM

      God I hope you’re right.

  7. 19to77 - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    For a guy who actually is a Cup-winning goaltender, in no way does Niemi look like a goalie who can backstop a team to a Cup. Meanwhile, after letting in a small mountain of pucks in the first two games, Quick’s looking like he’s finally figured out his game. Daunting challenge for the Sharks if he has. This has all the signs of going to game 7.

  8. blomfeld - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    SO YOU SHARKIE QUEENS ‘KNOW ALL THAT’ EH ? … PFFFFFFFT ! :)

    • nightfireop - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:27 AM

      you really like to show up only when we win don’t u?…

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 27, 2014 at 2:13 AM

        See Dumbfeld, even the true REAL Kings fans that are actually from Cali and not from Calgary ( like you are) dont want you around , embarrassing the fanbase. … go away already.. shoo … or of course you can log into your joey4id account lol

      • blomfeld - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        LOL ! … looks like you dopes have taken the bait too eh ? :)

        ———————————————————————————-

        blomfeld – Apr 21, 2014 at 11:00 PM

        “YES, THEY’VE TAKEN THE BAIT !”

        *** on the quarter deck aboard HMS Surprise somewhere in the Pacific ***

        Captain Blomfeld: right lads, the shark appears to have taken the bait … so every man to his station with ‘quick’ being the word and ‘sharp’ being the eye ! … we’ve managed to draw this fish in close and now we’re going to turn him into sushi !

        Crew Members: hurrah ! .. hurrah ! .. hurrah ! :) :) :)

        ————————————————————————

        Friends, the bottom line is that we’ve got these Liberace-listening tropical fish ‘exactly’ where we want them ! … all cocky, fat, primed and ‘ready’ for the taking ! In fact, the good Lord himself couldn’t have prepared a better a better script, such will be or ‘complete & utter’ joy once we’ve put these fools to rest ! So to your posts lads and ‘make ready’ if you please ? :)

        GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 19to77 - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:47 AM

      Oh, hey, the Kings remember how to play hockey and all of a sudden blomfeld remembers how to post. Where was all that confidence three days ago? I guess we shouldn’t expect more from a fairweather fan.

      • nightfireop - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:53 AM

        don’t lump all kings fans with blomfeld.

      • 19to77 - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:56 AM

        I’m not. There are good ones out there. He’s just not one of them.

      • nightfireop - Apr 27, 2014 at 2:05 AM

        sry about that, i misread.

        but yes you’re right, i remember how shark fans were binge-posting about their victories, all of a sudden those same fans disappeared. it’s as shame that many of the sharks fan’s loyalty (not everyone) on this board are not consistent.

      • slysipops - Apr 27, 2014 at 8:41 PM

        the KINGS were probibly confused with the long season ?

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      You are an absolute joke of a fan.

    • mrpinkca - Apr 27, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      Normally, I don’t thumbs up a blomfeld post. But for whatever reason I really appreciate the song choice. Well played blomfeld, well played.

  9. muckleflugga - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    blomfeld

    he is risen

    • nightfireop - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:28 AM

      …don’t even.

    • blomfeld - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:49 AM

      ‘YOU’RE GONNA HELP US FLUGGA !’

      My condolences friend on the loss of your team tonight at the hands of ‘Beneath the Planet of the Apes’ Boston style. Regardless, you must now shake off the dust, pick up a musket and ‘fall in’ with us Kings as we march forth to ‘there’ where we’re ordained to be, the ‘high’ ground where heroes are made ! :)

      DON’T ‘EVER’ LET A SHARK SEE YOUR CAR BREAK DOWN !

      • nightfireop - Apr 27, 2014 at 2:01 AM

        dude i’m a kings fan, the difference is i show up through thick and thin; not ‘only when they win’ (and post videos) then disappear when they lose.

      • blomfeld - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM

        LOL ! :) … Nightfireop = suck hole !!!

  10. aldog83 - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    Do Sharks really expect to win the cup with Stalock?

    Tricky to start Stalock in 6….if he were to lose who do you start in gm 7??

    Anyways. One at a time. Great Game Kings.

    Win or Lose….Proud to be a Kings Fan!

    GKG!

  11. muckleflugga - Apr 27, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    blomfeld

    it hurts so bad …

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=I-DLwygh4HM

  12. titansrbeast - Apr 27, 2014 at 3:32 AM

    Why do so many people call out Blomfeld on being a fake fan and all this BS? Are you guys really that stupid to not be able to see that he’s clearly a troll who just posts to annoy/entertain the hell out of everyone? You guys talk about him ALL the time, and you act like what he’s doing is intended to be serious.

    Puuuuuuuuurrrrrrttttyyyyy funny if ya’ ask me.

  13. muckleflugga - Apr 27, 2014 at 5:18 AM

    blomfeld

    say there my friend …

    i’ll be off in two hours to catch a week or so of spring skiing at louise and sunshine … by all reports it’s as good as it’s ever been

    weather permitting, myself and a pair of mossbacks from vancouver are trying for rio on our bikes shortly after … hoping to get through ol mehico in one piece

    hockey’s done for me this go round … good luck to you and your kings … keep the hoi polloi and the greater unwashed of boston in line if you will

    mo shuile togam suas

    • blomfeld - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      “myself and a pair of mossbacks from vancouver are trying for rio on our bikes” …

      Say what ? … you guys are going to seriously ride your bikes down to Brazil ? … holy ‘S’ man ! Seriously Flugga, I hope that you’ve thought this one through ‘well’ and considered the ‘enormity’ of such an undertaking eh ? Take care friend, God speed and send us all a postcard from Rio ! :)

      MAY GOD LOOK OVER COMRADE FLUGGA AS HE TREKS THROUGH THE AMERICAS !

  14. antkowiak666 - Apr 27, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Stalock WILL start game 6 in LA.

  15. sgs32 - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Feel kinda sorry for the Sharks, all momentum on the Kings side now and the Sharks are noted for their ability to flop in the playoffs.
    Kings in 7 :) and I don’t really feel like a seer saying that..

  16. Professor Fate - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    I’m not ready to start feeling sorry for the Sharks as they still control this series, but I do feel for die-hard Sharks’ fans, as they get stuck with that old familiar nail-biting feeling of impending doom. Still better to be on the just-need-one-more-win end of things than having to climb that huge need-four-straight-wins mountain.

    As a Kings fan I admit I wrote them off after watching them go in the tank at the Tank. They didn’t lose so much as be dominated by a Sharks team that seemed unstoppable. The game 3 loss back in L.A. made a sweep seem inevitable. I’m looking forward to seeing if the Kings can make it all the way back and force a game 7 or if the Sharks finally overcome their reputation and close out the series.

  17. mfinneran - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water.

  18. tdaveniii - Apr 27, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    I attended last night’s debacle. Very, very disappointing. I don’t understand why the team played with no sense of urgency. Really, it seemed like only Hertl, Nieto and Rafi played at top speed.

    Losing Vlasic was brutal because it meant a lot of minutes for Boyle and he got visibly slower and sloppier as the game progressed. I think it was a cheap shot but not outrageous. I didn’t even realize Vlasic had left the game until I saw a text from a buddy at the 1st intermission.

    I’d been resigned to the fact we cannot win the Cup with Niemi in goal, but the Toffoli goal was really weak — 40′ with no screener. Ouch.

    Can we dispense with the formalities, concede game 6 and, instead, play game 7 Monday night in San Jose?

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