The Los Angeles Kings became just the fourth team in history to come back from being three games down to win their playoff series. The Kings eliminated the San Jose Sharks 5-1 in San Jose Wednesday night.
Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar led the way scoring goals in the second period for the Kings. Tyler Toffoli scored the game winner that put the Kings ahead by 3-1 in the third period. Captain Dustin Brown and Tanner Pearson added insult to injury scoring empty net goals late in the game.
Veteran forward Justin Williams was once again a vital factor in the Kings victory. He and Gaborik both got assists on the night and frustrated the Shark’s defense all game long.
Jonathan Quick stunned the crowd with several acrobatic saves. Quick stopped 39 shots to help his team eliminate the Sharks.
This is an incredible achievement for the Los Angeles Kings. Not only did they come back to win the series, but they came from behind in last night’s game as well. Matt Irwin scored the only goal for the Sharks in the second period to give the Sharks the lead.
But Drew Doughty’s quick response seemed to take all the momentum away from the Sharks. The Sharks had plenty of chances and ended up out shooting the Kings. But they didn’t have an answer for the superb goaltending skills from Jonathan Quick.
Either way you look at it, you have to feel sorry for the San Jose Sharks. They outplayed the Kings at several points in the game last night. It just goes to show how one simple mistake in the defensive end can change everything. The San Jose Sharks were fighting hard and keeping pace with the Kings until the third goal.
Then everything started to go wrong and ultimately led to the Sharks exiting the playoffs in round one. But it certainly wasn’t the Sharks goaltenders fault by any means Stalock and Niemi both played considerably well throughout the series in my opinion. Niemi made 25 saves on the night and did everything he could to keep his team in the game.
The Los Angeles Kings did a great job using their speed to launch deadly counter attacks. They did a great job putting pressure on Patrick Marleau and Joe Thorton all game long. Raffi Torres, who was such a game changer for the Sharks in previous games, was shut down and couldn’t provide the spark the Sharks needed to get back in the game.
In the end, the San Jose Sharks are left with nothing but endless questions and disappointment. It’s going to take this organization quite some time to pinpoint what caused this monumental collapse. The Kings are set to play the Anaheim Ducks in round two. This will be a very interesting series for sure. It’s Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry against Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter. It’s Justin Williams against Teemu Selanne. All I know is, they’ll be plenty of great goals to witness in this next series. I can’t wait to see which team’s top line scores first.
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