Posted May 29, 2013 on AP on Fox
(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer Although the Los Angeles Kings' road toward a second straight Stanley Cup title has been longer, steeper and a whole lot bumpier than last season's journey, the champs are still right on course. The Kings needed 13 games to reach their second straight Western Conference finals this spring after rocketing through the first two rounds in just nine games last season. Los Angeles also had to survive a tense Game 7 with the San Jose Sharks, winning 2-1 on Tuesday night on two goals by Justin Williams and another night of phenomenal goaltending from Jonathan Quick. The Kings are averaging just two goals per game, and they've only won one road playoff game this year. But they're still rolling because of their perfect home record and Quick's league-best play.

Jonathan Quick’s Save on Joe Pavelski Helps Kings Beat Sharks in Game 7 (Video)

Jonathan Quick was the Los Angeles Kings’ playoff hero last season, but on his path to winning the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe, Quick never had to face a Game 7. In fact, he had never played in a Game 7 in his NHL career. That changed Tuesday night at Staples Center when Quick made his Game 7 debut against the San Jose Sharks in a winner-take-all showdown with a trip to the...

Jonathan Quick robs Joe Pavelski

Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick has gotten in the groove lately in the playoffs and it carried over in game seven of their series against the San Jose Sharks.  The Kings had a 2-1 lead with about five minutes left in the third period when Sharks forward Joe Pavelski found himself with the puck in front of a wide open net.  Quick was laying on the ice and managed to stretch...

Video: Jonathan Quick denies Joe Pavelski and the Sharks

The Los Angeles Kings won Game 7 of their NHL Playoff showdown with the San Jose Sharks 2-1 on Tuesday night to advance to the Western Conference finals. But the defending Stanley Cup champions wouldn’t have even been close to taking their series against the Sharks if it wasn’t for goaltender Jonathan Quick. Quick was simply amazing against the Sharks, rising to the occasion...

Kings take Game 7, eliminate Sharks

Justin Williams scored two goals in the second period, and the Los Angeles Kings advanced to the Western Conference finals with a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 7 on Tuesday night. Jonathan Quick made 25 saves as the defending Stanley Cup champions finished off this agonizingly even series with their 14th consecutive home victory over the past two months, including...

Penguins Still Favorites to Hoist Stanley Cup Among NHL’s Battle-Tested Final Four

Then there were four. After a couple of quick series in the East and a couple of seven-game series in the West, we’re now down to the final four in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Of note, the four teams remaining — the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings — are the last four teams to win the Stanley Cup. Let’s take a closer look at each...

Justin Williams Game 7 hero for Los Angeles Kings

The Los Angeles Kings prevailed Tuesday night in Game 7 to win battle of California against the San Jose Sharks by score of 2-1. Justin Williams was the hero of this Game 7 with the two goals for LA. Nobody should be surprised, this guy shows up for big games. Williams now has 9 points, 5 goals in four career game 7's  Justin Williams was the Game 7 hero for Los Angeles KingsThe...

NHL playoffs: Best of Tuesday

Justin Williams is a two-time Stanley Cup-winner with a track record for Game 7 production but even he never turned in a performance like the one he did on Tuesday in the Los Angeles Kings' 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks at the Staples Center. Last year the Kings mostly trampled their opposition en route to the Cup (save the final series, which they won in six games),...

The Chatter Before Game 7, LA/San Jose

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,  Game 7. It explains itself. No matter how many you’ve played, it’s special unto itself. “If you don’t get butterflies, there’s something wrong with you,” said Los Angeles Kings veteran Justin Williams, who is 3-0 in Game 7s in his career with seven points (3-4). “But at the same time, control the butterflies, be calm...

Kings chillin’ after Game 7 win

From the Los Angeles Times' David Wharton: Now that the Kings have finished off the San Jose Sharks in a nail-biting Game 7, they'll play a waiting game to find out who comes next. The Chicago Blackhawks will play the Detroit Red Wings in their own Game 7 on Wednesday night to determine the other team in the Western Conference finals. If Chicago wins, the Blackhawks...

Daily Rundown: Kings Advance to West Finals

The defending champion Los Angeles Kings entered Tuesday’s Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals undefeated at home in the playoffs. After a scoreless first period, the Kings scored twice in the second period and held off the San Jose Sharks 2-1 to take the series four games to three. Justin Williams scored both goals [...]


*THE FOLLOWING BELOW IS NOT WRITTEN BY THE ROYAL HALF, BUT RATHER PUMPERNICHOLL, OUR MASTER RECAPPER*   KINGS 2, SHARKS 1   ***SPOILER ALERT*** Thanks Sharks. — Caleb Pitts (@themostcaleb) May 29, 2013 Best. Vine. Ever.   Click Here to Read the Rest of PumperNicholl's RECAP of Game 7 vs the Sharks...

The ones who "got away"

The playoffs are always an exciting time for any hockey fan but for some people, it can be a frustrating team if their team is on the outside looking in. Carolina fans know this feeling all too well, as the Hurricanes have failed to make the playoffs the last four years and it's pretty clear that many are dissatisfied with the on-ice product from recent years. Going four years...

NHL Playoff Observations -- Round Two Is Over

Just a few things that caught my eye: If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. I'm talking about you, Brent Seabrook. It's a rare day when you score the game winner twice ... in the same game. Block the shot or get out of the bloody way. Niklas Kronwall is going to be seeing that one in his sleep for a long, long time. Justin Williams...
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