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Game Inside the Game - 5/22/2013

Wednesday, 05.22.2013 / 11:46 AM / News
By Eric Lindquist  - Staff Writer
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Game Inside the Game - 5\/22\/2013
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Series shifts to LA tied 2-2

“After you go home 0-2, they did what they were supposed to do at home and we did what we were supposed to do… now we just have to win one in LA,” said Joe Thornton.

Brent Burns and Logan Couture scored for the Sharks and Antti Niemi was solid in net as the Sharks took Game 4 by the count of 2-1 on Tuesday to even the best of seven series 2-2 vs. the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Semifinals as the series continues at the STAPLES CENTER on Thursday at 7:30pm! Please note all games will be carried LIVE locally on NBCSN / 98.5-102.1 FM KFOX and the Sharks Radio Network.

Before each game day, SJSHARKS.COM will take a look at the “Game inside the Game” as the Sharks continue their quest toward the Stanley Cup! Line matchups, player vs. player battles, head-to-head stats, and key figures highlighted each game day.

Before Game 5, let’s take a closer look GAME INSIDE THE GAME for the Sharks and the Kings:

Lineup changes for Game 5?

San Jose: No injuries to report for San Jose in Game 4.

Martin Havlat left Game 3 after playing 4:25 of the first period for San Jose (first game since getting injured in Game 1 vs. Vancouver) and was replaced by Tim Kennedy in Game 4. Defenseman Jason Demers and Adam Burish are still out with injuries – although both may be getting close to returning. Raffi Torres is serving his series long suspension for his hit on Jarret Stoll in Game 1.

“I thought they were great, established a relentless fore-check, and used their size to their advantage. Obviously that got us the first goal. The momentum they created ran throughout the rest of the lines, and everybody jumped on board.” – Todd McLellan talking about the Joe Thornton line after Game 4.

TJ GaliardiJoe ThorntonBrent Burns

Patrick MarleauLogan CoutureJoe Pavelski

James SheppardScott GomezTommy Wingels

Andrew DesjardinsTim KennedyBracken Kearns

Matt IrwinDan Boyle

Marc-Edouard VlasicJustin Braun

Scott HannanBrad Stuart

Antti Niemi

Thomas Greiss

Los Angeles: No injuries to report for LA in Game 4.

Forward Jarret Stoll left Game 1 late in the second period after he was checked by Raffi Torres and has not played since – and replaced by Brad Richardson. Kyle Clifford and Matt Greene returned to the lineup in Game 4 for the Kings for their first action of the series. Willie Mitchell is still out with an undisclosed injury. Jordan Nolan, Tanner Pearson, Keaton Ellerby, and Alec Martinez did not dress in Game 4.

Dustin Brown – Anze Kopitar – Justin Williams

Dwight King – Mike Richards – Jeff Carter

Dustin Penner – Trevor Lewis – Tyler Toffoli

Kyle Clifford – Colin Fraser – Brad Richardson

Robyn Regehr – Drew Doughty

Rob Scuderi – Slava Voynov

Jake Muzzin – Matt Greene

Jonathan Quick

Jonathan Bernier

Did You Know?:

*HP PP… with another power play goal on home ice in Game 4, the Sharks are now 9-for-24 on the power play through their first four home playoff games (37.5%)… the Sharks went 11-for-42 at the HP Pavilion during the 2010 playoff run (26.2%).

*1st time for everything… the San Jose Sharks have never won a series when dropping the first two games of a series. The Sharks have dropped their previous nine series when falling in a 0-2 series hole. San Jose has been swept twice, lost in five games twice, and were eliminated in six games five times in those instances.

*Heads Up….James Sheppard led all players in Game 4 with seven hits and is now 3rd on the Sharks with 25 hits in the playoffs.

*Times have changed….LA went 10-1 on the road last spring on the way to winning the Stanley Cup…but has lost four of five games away from home this year.

*The Sharks are 25-30-4-4 at the STAPLES CENTER all-time in the regular season and 3-2 in LA during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Bottom Line:

"We knew going into this series we would have to win one game in LA…. We want to come back home with the lead.” – Logan Couture

“It is what it is. A loss is a loss. You can chop it up any way you want. Its 2-2 going back home. Obviously it would’ve been nice to get one here, but like I said, it is what it is. We’re going home. We’re comfortable there, and we have to put together a full 60 minutes, which we haven’t done for a while.” – Mike Richards

Led by Captain Joe Thornton, the Sharks are feeling pretty good about themselves headed into Game 5. The series is now a best of three; and if the Sharks are to win the series they must win at least one game at the STAPLES CENTER. San Jose was dominating in the first period in Game 4… if there is a way to bottle that energy/effort into the first period in Game 5 in LA, the Sharks will be heading home on Sunday with a chance to close out the series!

GO Sharks GO!

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 48 24 18 10 42
L. Couture 48 18 24 2 42
J. Thornton 44 10 27 0 37
B. Burns 48 11 24 -6 35
P. Marleau 48 9 24 -10 33
T. Wingels 47 11 14 -2 25
J. Braun 47 1 18 4 19
T. Hertl 48 8 9 -2 17
M. Vlasic 47 6 10 13 16
J. Sheppard 42 4 9 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 19 11 5 .912 2.57
A. Stalock 5 5 1 .905 2.65
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