The opening period looked to be going the Kings way for the first time in this series. The game play they brought to the ice looked well formed and they could actually bring a fight to even the series. Jake Muzzin scored the first goal of the game through traffic, as a he found the left side of the net of Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi to take a 1-0 lead for LA. The Kings offense lasted for a short moment in the period, as the Sharks began to grasp hold of offensive time blasting shots on Jonathan Quick, with no luck as his action to play better against them was important on this night.
On the faceoff in the Kings end, San Jose got off three shots with a wrap around attempt from Logan Couture that was stopped out front to end the. Tomas Hertl nearly tied the game on an open chance shooting point blank, but failed to convert it into a goal. Jason Demers later sent a stretch pass to teammate Tommy Wingels failing to notch his first of the season.
Quick dealt with two more rebounded shots after Wingels attempt to keep the game in his team’s end. To make matters better for
Keeping the two goal lead became their breaking point with 40 minutes left to play as the wheels began to fall off the LA defense. Four minutes into the second, Mike Brown scored the Sharks first of the night on a breakdown of coverage near center leaving Quick and the firing line wide open. A 3 on 2 rush from
The breakdown of defense caused further basic tactics from
The final 20 minutes of regulation became memories that the Kings wish not to remember again. Sixty-eight seconds into the third, the Sharks created another odd man rush for Patrick Marleau creating a two goal lead. The team countered on a Kings collision in the neutral zone to a 3 on none breakaway putting Joe Pavelski in a far too easy position to score.
The massacre that occurred left the Kings with 10 minutes of hockey left to play, but at the present moment, a hockey game couldn’t possibly be played. It turned into a massive brawl between Kings captain Dustin Brown and mates Kyle Clifford and Mike Richards who took on forwards Brown, Couture and Andrew Desjardin who had assisted on the first goals from
The fight seemed to help out
Of the Kings 26 shots on net, 22 were blocked by the defense of Niemi’s line mates during the span of the game. He saw just four shots total where he allowed a pair and no more. Quick’s goals against average on the night lifting up to 7.20 with a .824 save percentage. Perhaps a chance in the net will come at home on Tuesday night at the
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