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Feeding frenzy: Sharks devour Kings to take 2-0 series lead

Apr 21, 2014, 12:47 AM EDT

The chants of ‘Beat L.A.! Beat L.A.!’ grew louder and louder from the fans inside SAP Center in San Jose on Sunday. The Sharks are halfway to that objective.

The Sharks now lead the L.A. Kings 2-0 in the best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final series, thanks to a 7-2 victory in Game 2. San Jose trailed by a pair of goals early on, but emphatically came back and completely took this one over with seven unanswered.

And it was the fourth liners, Mike Brown and Raffi Torres, that initially led the charge. Not only were they both physical forces, punishing opposing players with thunderous body checks, but they displayed a scoring touch, too. Brown got the Sharks on the board with his first career Stanley Cup playoff goal less than five minutes into the second period, and Torres tied it at 2-2 less than five minutes afterward on a perfect wrist shot that beat Jonathan Quick on the stick side.

Justin Braun scored the winner. At the time, it was a close hockey game, the Braun goal breaking the deadlock.

The Sharks’ killer instinct took over from there, and they didn’t let up in the third period. It was an onslaught. The Sharks kept coming and the Kings were powerless to stop it.

Quick, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner only two years ago when the Kings won the Stanley Cup but pulled in the series opener, has now given up 12 goals in the last two games. He still made 33 saves in a losing cause Sunday.

  1. 19to77 - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Kings got absolutely crowned tonight.

    • imgoingtowichita - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      Kings couldn’t piss a drop (thanks Quickie for the classic quote following the bronze game).

  2. gsprulz - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    great game sharks! gotta win at staples now! Get it done boys.

  3. atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    I’m usually pretty neutral on both teams, but with all of the garbage Blohard posts all of the time I’m absolutely loving watching the Kings not only lose but getting hammered! I’m sure he’s scouring youtube to find just the right Elvis video for tonight, but really he needs to find something about someone pretending to be something they’re not, in this case the Kings pretending to be contenders, so I’d recommend Lola by the Kinks.

    • slysipops - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      today …tomorrow…… forever

  4. charlieconway96 - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Kings haven’t looked like themselves hardly at all, with the exception of the 3’rd period of game one and the 1st tonight. Not blaming everything on Quick by any means but he’s shaken. Pull your head’s out of your ass LA, you can do this!

  5. ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    I know LA beat STL last year from being down 2-0 but this time round it won’t happen. Sharks have completely rattled the Kings, they have no answer to SJ’s depth

    • sw19womble - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:59 AM

      Except to spear and rugby tackle and generally thug the ice up.

    • viking2228 - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      I think it was Logan Couture who said it all between games 1 and 2. He said we need to go out and make a statement, and that statement is It’s Just Not Your Year! BOHICA baby! (bend over, here it comes again)

  6. sw19womble - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    Goon show antics from the Kings at the end. The sore losers should be upset with themselves. Terrible defensive performance.

    Much as I’d like to slag Quick off for those goals, he was hung out to dry by the players in front of him.

    Well done Sharks for being clinical – and retaining some class.

  7. stcrowe - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    That was a pretty epic collapse. I wonder why Quick was left in.

    • 19to77 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      Well, the 3-on-0 goal wasn’t his fault – I mean, the hell can you even do against that? – and the next one put it wildly out of reach anyway. My guess is that Sutter may intend to start Martin Jones in game 3 and didn’t want him to come in just to take an obvious loss before lobbing him his first playoff start. Sutter’s an aggressive coach in terms of player management. Quick isn’t getting it done. So he’ll give Jones a shot at least once.

      • viking2228 - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        O no, the back-up, now? lol

  8. mrpinkca - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    This is for you, Blomfeld.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      Almost went into convulsions without an Elvis video.

    • slysipops - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:22 PM


  9. sjsharksfan11 - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:16 AM


    • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      You forgot 6 smiley faces and a stupid video that nobody will watch

      • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        I refuse to post videos on here, but I was thinking maybe Queen – “Another One Bites the Dust”

  10. canucks30 - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    The Blackhawks, Bruins, and Kings (last 4 Stanley Cup Champions) could all be out in round one.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:56 AM

      Yes, they all could, but they won’t all be out. Possibly Chicago and LA, but Boston will be in the next round.

      • bensawesomeness - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:12 AM

        As a Wings fan – We’ll just see about that!

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        Bens, I’m actually cheering for the Wings. As a Leafs fan, I am definitely not ready to cheer for Boston. No, I have never held a grudge for more than 50 years, so far. Just I’d be really surprised if the Wings actually won, as it seems to me the Bruins are on a mission from Zeus to conquer all and redeem themselves from how their last season ended.

  11. tomas3345 - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    i think blomfeld killed himself

  12. aldog83 - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:57 AM

    Kings are getting smoked.

    If the Kings can get it together and win 3 and 4…..

    Then its a series again.

    Kings have a lot of heart…

    Credit to Sharks for collecting themselves after 1st and hammering Kings.

    LA crowd needs to put the sushi down grab a beer and support the Kings in game 3 and 4!!!

    Don’t let this season go away silently.

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

    • machosasquatcho - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:06 AM

      Come on now, blobfeld. Bring out your other alternate accounts. I want to see patthehockeyfan (you) have a discussion with joey4id (also you) for the 100th time.

      You honestly make the world a worse place with your 15 accounts and every one of their comments.

  13. kingsfan93 - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:02 AM

    For those of you on here that mentioned either about;

    – Kings can’t match SJ’s depth (is not the problem)
    – Why wasn’t J. Quick pulled (because D. Sutter is an idiot, just like he should of called timeout after it was tied up or when Sharks were up 3-2.)
    – The Kings are Shaken up (probably, if anybody is, it is J. Quick)
    – Kings did same thing last year in playoffs against STL (but not like this, team has given up.)

    What it comes down to is, somebody has done their homework and that is San Jose Sharks. They exploited J. Quick’s biggest strength with how he explodes across the crease. So knowing so, when Sharks come up ice on their attack, they get themselves set-up by getting them one-timers off up high in the slot areas. So therefore it has executed.

    The Kings aren’t matching-up against Sharks quick transition and fast skating pace.

    The Kings need to do some house cleaning this summer with some players packing it up and going elsewhere. Some of those players are;

    D. Brown – He may of been drafted by the Kings in 2003 who has led the Kings to winning a Stanley Cup, does great in the community, and people loving him for his physical play an all at times. But, D. Sutter refers him as a 3rd line player. That he will NOT be on the powerplay unless he is in front of the net. That also, he is inconsistent as far as needing him as the CAPTAIN of the team to perform point wise and playing his physical style of game. So why keep a player like D. Brown who will be getting paid starting next season at $5.8M a season for the next 8yrs? Trade him in for a 2.0 version that can do what he can with his physical play, but better putting up the points.

    J. Williams – He is the guy that is a good leader in the room, good in playoffs, works hard on ice, and is known to be the catalyst on the line he plays with. I think his age has caught up to him now. Whatever it is, but he needs to go, too. Either T. Toffoli replaces him or re-sign Gaborik to take his spot..

    M. Richards – He has not been the same since the Kings got him from Philly. If anything he has gotten worse. He creates a lot of turnovers, not putting up a whole lot of points, inconsistent a lot of times, he is not even a top two in faceoffs, and being demoted to third and fourth line. He can be good in playoffs, but I rather have a centerman that is more noticeable on ice that IS a true 2nd line centerman that can get the job done. This team does NOT need another J. Stoll (no offense to J. Stoll). That Kings need to trade him or something with him.

    M. Greene/W. Mitchell/R. Regehr – They are good shutdown d-men who have great leadership qualities. But they are slow and it effects the Kings because they are getting beat with fast skaters, quicker transition teams. This is one of the biggest reasons why the Kings are having problems with Minnesota, Dallas, Chicago, Sam Jose, Detroit, and etc.. because they are quicker teams that the Kings can’t keep up with.

    So whatever needs to be done about this, needs to get done this summer.

  14. jshimota01 - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:35 AM

    I was sure this game was going bad and about to get worse… then the kings let up. No idea why. that little extra effort by the sharks mentally, and the 3/4th liners stepped up… and wow did this game go the other direction. Loved it. Sharks played physical, some a bit too close to the edge for me but after all it is LA… the best way to play a Sutter squad.
    The ending was ugly. even by playoff standards. I expected a little more class out of LA/Sutters team then that last 30 secs.

    I think LA will try hard in the 1st next game, and if that goes well they’ll win. if the sharks bend but not break, the kings will fall again.
    Loved that Couture goal!

  15. terrier92 - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    I hate to even ask but whatever happened to Bloomfield. Normally he comments on every Kings and for that matter every other story on PHT. Hope is is physically ok just hoping mom forgot to pay the internet bill.

  16. kastout11 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    The Sharks look really tough right now. IMO, they have been the most impressive team so far in the playoffs, although we saw the real Bruins yesterday afternoon.

  17. sanjosecupcrazy - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    BOHICA, Los Angeles: Bend over, here it comes again!

  18. govtminion - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Weird, most articles here have a certain someone filling the comments up with Elvis videos and talking about how great the Kings are, no matter what the article was actually about… and yet, this one lacks it. Can’t imagine why.

  19. nijuuf - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    For all the people, including Melrose, who thought the Kings would win this series even though the Sharks had home ice….I think a lot of people forget that the Kings didn’t play THIS team in the regular season….this is the team that we envisioned at the start of the season, but didn’t have because of injuries to Hertl and Torres and Burrish….I think the Sharks are showing what the complete team can do….we have enough depth to keep Marty Havlat in the press box even though he’s played really well of late….so I don’t think this should be as big of a shock as many people think….

  20. blackhawksdynasty - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Here’s hoping we will ‘never’ again have to ‘hear’ the term “all-world goalie” when referring to Jonathan Quick

    OVER RATED (clap, clap, clap clap clap)

    OVER RATED (clap, clap, clap clap clap)

    Apparently ‘Blobfeld’ isn’t going to make an ‘appearance’.


    • kingsfan93 - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:26 AM


      Your Blackhawks are no dynasty. That is why they are getting punked by the Blues.

  21. skr213 - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    I love that they gave the “3 stars” of the game to the 4th line. Those guys were awesome last night. Maybe finally people will understand when Sharks fans talk about Raffi changing his game. 2 goals in 2 playoff games and just 2 PIMS.

    • titansrbeast - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      What are you talking about? All that Scumbag is good for is taking out other star players. Headshots and suspensions, that’s all good Ralphy Torhes is good for….

      Seriously though, yeah he’s a beast.

  22. slysipops - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    quit teasing BLOMFELD guys ! his disappearence could be caused by him being in a sanitarium or rest home . please be nice and respectful. it was nice to see a honorary ELVIS video posted ! suffering is not an easy task…………….. as a BLACKHAWKS fan i have been doing much of that since the olympic break ended….and it has gotten much worse in the past week !!

  23. muckleflugga - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    thirty seven posts and nearly a third make reference to blomfeld … he lives

    inside your heads

  24. slysipops - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    so 37 references to BLOMS! just goes to show you …………people like blomfeld….. they like to complain about his videos………….. they like to bring up his ELVIS obsessions…… they like to say he has multiple addresses….. they like to rag him about the KINGS…………….. ALL IN ALL ………..THEY LIKE BLOMFELD !! hey buddy where are you ??? …………. the one and only …SLY !

    • blomfeld - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:13 PM

      I am ‘here’ friend … comrade Blomfeld

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