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LA Kings Insider 14 hours ago

The View From San Jose

CSNBAYAREA.COM Kevin Kurz: Rewind: Kings better, but not good enough to beat Sharks The Sharks outshot Los Angeles 23-8 in the third, nearly winning in regulation on a late power play. Logan Couture said the Sharks saw the Kings team they figured they would see to when this series began, rather than the club that allowed 13 goals in the first two games. SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS David Pollak: San Jose Sharks go up 3-0 on Los Angeles Kings on Patrick Marleau’s goal in overtime This game was as tight as the others were lopsided with neither team taking more [...]
Los Angeles Times 3 hours ago

Kings are in must-win situation heading into Game 4

Sharks have a 3-0 series edge, but Mike Richards and Jeff Carter are among the few to have dug themselves out of that hole.The Kings are the only team in the Western Conference to be mired in a 3-0 playoff hole, which is why there was more talk Wednesday about...
San Jose Mercury News 5 hours ago

Purdy: Sharks proving columnist wrong

The prediction here for the first Stanley Cup playoff round was that the Los Angeles Kings would defeat the San Jose Sharks in six games. But the Sharks now hold a three-games-to-none lead. Here's why the Sharks are proving me wrong.
San Jose Mercury News 7 hours ago

Patrick Marleau's overtime playoff goals

Patrick Marleau's overtime playoff goal that won Game 3 in the San Jose Sharks' playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings was the fourth of his 16-year NHL career -- most among active players. Here's a look at each.

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LA Kings Insider Apr 23, 2014

Richards, Carter a part of three-nothing deficit history

History is not on the Kings’ side, though two players with key experience are. Only three teams have come back from three-nothing series deficits to win a seven-game Stanley Cup Playoffs series. Toronto erased a three-nothing deficit to Detroit in the 1942 Stanley Cup Final, the 1975 New York Islanders defeated Pittsburgh in a league quarterfinal, and Philadelphia upended Boston in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals. Mike Richards captained the 2010 Flyers team, and one of his teammates was Jeff Carter. “Just play each game and don’t worry about what’s ahead of you,” Richards...
Los Angeles Times Apr 23, 2014

Kings' playoff performance could mark end of era

As the Sharks take a commanding edge in the series with an overtime win, the Kings could be heading toward a breakup.The Kings tried to reestablish their identity Tuesday and climb back into their first-round playoff series against San Jose. However, the resilient but still-flawed performance now leaves them facing an early end to their season.
LA Kings Insider Apr 23, 2014

April 22 postgame quotes: Jonathan Quick

On the frustration of allowing the game-winning goal: It’s no more frustrating than any other goal you give up. On whether the penalties early in the third period changed the game’s trajectory: I don’t know if they changed it that much. I don’t know. On whether the Kings found momentum in the series at any point Tuesday: There were times in the first two games where we had momentum. On whether he’s confident that the Kings can turn the series around: Yep. [Reporter: Does anything have to change?] We’ve just got to keep working. Keep working, win a game. Go [...]
Home Ice | SI.com Apr 23, 2014

2014 NHL Playoffs: San Jose Sharks push L.A. Kings to brink with 4-3 OT win

By Allan Muir Rallying from two feeble efforts in San Jose, the Los Angeles Kings threw everything they had at the Sharks in Game 3 Tuesday night. It wasn’t enough. Patrick Marleau ended a back-and-forth thriller at 6:20 of overtime with a harmless looking backhander that deflected high off the stick of Kings defender Slava […]
LA Kings Insider Apr 23, 2014

April 22 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter

On the team’s effort being better than the first two games, but “not quite enough”: Not quite enough. On the defensive zone turnovers, and how much they factored into the loss: There weren’t very many. I kind of laughed to myself. Somebody was talking about it last game. I think we had six. Some of you guys don’t watch enough games. You just make it up off the sheet. On the difference in the game: The difference? Patrick’s goal right there at the end was the difference. I thought we played a pretty good hockey game…Burns’ goal was a little [...]

Sharks win in OT, go up 3-0 over Kings

Playing the role of playoff overtime hero is nothing new for Patrick Marleau. The longest-tenured Shark scored his fourth career sudden-death winner - a backhand goal on San Jose's only shot of OT - to give his team a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night and a 3-0 stranglehold on the first-round series. The Sharks, winners of five straight playoff overtime games and 10 of their past 11, can wrap up the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal Thursday when the Kings host Game 4. After surrendering two one-goal leads in regulation, Los Angeles pumped off the first...
Los Angeles Times Apr 23, 2014

Canadiens take advantage of late goal to sweep Lightning

Max Pacioretty scores in the final minute to lift Montreal to a 4-3 victory. The Canadiens will play the winner of the Boston Bruins-Detroit Red Wings series.Max Pacioretty lifted the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a power-play goal with 43 seconds remaining for a 4-3 victory and a four-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
LA Kings Insider Apr 22, 2014

Game 3: San Jose at Los Angeles

Los Angeles Kings 0, San Jose Sharks 0 Warm-ups Radio Feed LA Kings Insider Preview The Royal Half Gameday Boxscore Ice Tracker SOG: LAK – 0; SJS – 0 PP: LAK – 0/0; SJS – 0/0 First Period (3) Los Angeles Kings (0-2) vs (2) San Jose Sharks (2-0) Tuesday, April 20, 2014, 7:00 p.m. PT Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA Referees: #20 Tim Peel, #5 Chris Rooney Linesmen: #76 Michel Cormier, #89 Steve Miller Prime Ticket, NBCSN, CBC, KEIB 1150 AM LAK starters: LAK scratches: SJS starters: SJS scratches:
Los Angeles Times Apr 22, 2014

Ducks have plans for Stars' bullying tactics

Coach Bruce Boudreau says 'you counteract that with goals.' Game 4 of playoff series is Wednesday night in Dallas.DALLAS — It’s not just about getting under the Ducks’ skin with the Dallas Stars, it’s about penetrating their minds.
LA Kings Insider Apr 22, 2014

Game 3 Preview: San Jose at Los Angeles

(3) Los Angeles Kings (0-2) vs (2) San Jose Sharks (2-0) Tuesday, April 20, 2014, 7:00 p.m. PT Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA Referees: #20 Tim Peel, #5 Chris Rooney Linesmen: #76 Michel Cormier, #89 Steve Miller Prime Ticket, NBCSN, CBC, KEIB 1150 AM Los Angeles Projected Starting Goaltender – Jonathan Quick 2013-14 Playoffs: 2 GP (2 GS) / 0-2 record / 7.22 GAA / .824 Sv% / 0 SHO Career, Playoffs: 52 (52) / 29-23 / 2.19 / .924 / 7 Versus San Jose, Playoffs: 15 (15) / 6-9 / 2.80 / .916 / 3 2013-14 Playoffs, Home: 0 [...]
LA Kings Insider Apr 22, 2014

April 22 morning skate quotes: Kings

Drew Doughty, on whether there’s a way to explain the defensive lapses: There is a way to explain it. The bottom line is we weren’t playing the way the LA Kings play normally. We completely got off our game, not for the full 60 minutes. There were flashes of where we showed how the LA Kings should be playing and we dominated at those points. We need our leaders to step up, lead the way and then we need everyone else to follow and we need to come together as a group. Be the team we know we can be. [...]
LA Kings Insider Apr 22, 2014

April 22 morning skate quotes: Todd McLellan

On his team’s offensive production: We’re happy for that, obviously, after two games. Again, there is no way we predicted that or that amount of goals. Our mindset is going back to what we expected. We’re going to go to that. We’re going to play off of that as much as we possibly can. If it gets to an extreme again, then we’ve got to deal with it, but I still think we’re in a series of 3-2, 2-1 type games and that’s not going to change. In that situation, the 3-2, 2-1 games, you’re not going to have everyone [...]
LA Kings Insider Apr 22, 2014

April 22 pregame notebook

CHANGE A COMIN’ Winds of change appear to be sweeping through the Kings lineup, though the direction they’re blowing remains unclear. Los Angeles did not participate in line rushes at the morning skate, and a drill involving forward combinations was the hockey equivalent of a random number generator. Remaining on the ice for a brief session of extra work – not the firmest of indications towards the lineup later this evening – were Matt Greene, Kyle Clifford, Tyler Toffoli and Colin Fraser, who had officially been recalled from AHL-Manchester earlier in the day. Three of the four will...
LA Kings Insider Apr 22, 2014

April 22 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter

On when he gets an in-game sense of which players are playing well, and which aren’t: Generally we know our team well enough. Most of these guys have been together, so you can pretty much tell right away. On whether Los Angeles will utilize new line combinations: Well, we’re in better position than we were last game to decide, anyways. Hopefully we can do it not after warm-up. [Reporter: In the sense of your back end, there, is in better shape?] Yeah. So it does help us. On whether San Jose was challenging to prepare for because of lineup additions: [...]

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