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Jonathan Quick made 35 saves in his sixth career playoff shutout, and the Los Angeles Kings opened their second-round series with a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.
Slava Voynov and Mike Richards each had a goal and an assist in the defending Stanley Cup champions' 11th straight victory at Staples Center since March.
With yet another dominant playoff performance by Quick, Los Angeles opened the NHL's fourth all-California playoff series with its fifth straight victory after an 0-2 start to its title defense.
The Kings' Conn Smythe Trophy winner allowed just 10 goals in the six-game first round against St. Louis before frustrating the Sharks, whose superior speed and passing produced nothing.
Antti Niemi stopped 18 shots for the Sharks, who swept Vancouver out of the first round.
Game 2 is Thursday.
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The Los Angeles Kings hadn't held a two-goal lead in the entire postseason until Slava Voynov's shot fortunately caromed off Mike Richards' body and into San Jose's net midway through their second-round series opener.
A two-goal lead was one more than Jonathan Quick needed against the Sharks.
Quick made 35 saves in his sixth career playoff shutout, and the Kings...
LOS ANGELES -- When you think of big game players on the Kings, the names that jump out are Jonathan Quick, Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter just to name a few.
But Slava Voynov is the new name emerging this postseason that's making a difference.
Kings defenseman Voynov scored his third goal of the playoffs and his third game-winner as the Kings took Game 1 of their second-round...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
That swagger comes from rediscovering the ways in which the Kings found success last season.
Jonathan Quick stingy in net? Check.
A blue-line corps led by Drew Doughty, Robyn Regehr, Rob Scuderi and Slava Voynov balancing swift puck-moving abilities with strong physical play? Check.
A suffocating penalty kill? Check.
Rolling four forward...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kings center Jarret Stoll is likely to miss Game 2 of Los Angeles' second-round playoff series against the Sharks after a hard hit from San Jose's Raffi Torres in the opener.
Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter implied Wednesday that Stoll could be out for a significant length of time after getting hit by Torres, who has a history of dangerous play.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Looking at the bigger picture, no Kings team has had home-ice advantage since 1992, a span of 16 straight series.
Although this will be a new wrinkle for the Kings, they shouldn’t be thrown off-stride. They will take a 10-game home winning streak into Tuesday’s game, including a three-game playoff home win streak. That equals a club...
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If the Kings thought they were black and blue after the St Louis series (pun intended), they're gonna be the walking wounded this morning.
Jarret Stoll was the victim of a questionable/debatable/borderline/playoff Raffi Torres hit to the head and is likely out for some time. (Is the infraction suspendible? Should it be just because it's Torres? If the Gryba hit is worthy...
Drew Doughty doesn't mind acknowledging the Los Angeles Kings would have enjoyed traveling to their next playoff series in a bus instead of a plane.
Although the Anaheim Ducks didn't show up for a postseason Freeway Faceoff, the defending Stanley Cup champions still have some awfully short trips in store when they meet the San Jose Sharks for the fourth all-California playoff...
San Jose Sharks forward TJ Galiardi was going for a line change after a long shift and skated too closely to the Los Angeles Kings bench. Kings’ Dustin Brown was the first to impede him after Brown was shoved by Galiardi. Brown tried to put Galiardi into the Kings bench, but when that didn’t work, Brown held his arm until he decided let him free. Galiardi was careless with...
The Sharks were unable to get one past the Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick in game one of the best of seven series of the Western Conference semi-finals as the LA Kings marched to a 2-0 victory.
The Sharks lost their first game of the 2013 post-season and it will be the first bit of adversity they have had to face this spring.
It looked as though the Sharks played not to lose rather than...
If you have ever watched a Los Angeles Kings game on Fox Sports West, you know who Dan Moriarty is. He’s the terrible reporter who asks statements instead of questions, confuses all the players, and apparently doesn’t pay very close attention to detail. At the L.A. Kings game on Friday, Moriarty interviewed Matthew Perry, a Staples Center regular on game nights, to find out his...
Heading into the second round of the playoffs, here is an early look at some candidates to win the Conn Smythe Trophy (Most Valuable Player in the Stanley Cup playoffs).
Photo Credit: (Scott Rovak, USA TODAY Sports)
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings: The defending Conn Smythe winner is at it again, single-handedly keeping the Kings alive in the first round of the playoffs. Quick...
The St. Louis Blues bowed out of the NHL Playoffs for the second year in a row by losing to the Los Angeles Kings in four consecutive games. This year, the Blues won at least two games before the Kings took over behind the strong goal-tending play of Jonathan Quick to swipe the Blues to the side to advance one step closer to a Stanley Cup championship.
While the Blues first-round...
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KINGS 2, SHARKS 0
Round 2 already? That was fast.
Sorry, I'm not used to the quick turnaround. Last year the Los Angeles Kings gave fans a couple of weeks off between games so my internal clock is all screwed up. Good thing I have my Game 1 tickets to the...