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Sharks Must Continue Home Dominance to Stay Alive

Sunday, 05.26.2013 / 12:20 PM

Eric Lindquist - Staff Writer

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Sharks Must Continue Home Dominance to Stay Alive
Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks
Stats
9 GP 11
6 W 7
3 L 4
0 OT 2
0 P 0
0.750 P% 0.600
2.75 G/G 2.00
2.00 GA/G 1.70
25.0 PP% 22.2
72.7 PK% 84.8
34.4 S/G 25.0
28.4 SA/G 30.6
56.6 FO% 45.4
Date Vis/Home Final
May 21, 2013 LAK@SJS SJS, 2 - 1
May 18, 2013 LAK@SJS SJS, 2 - 1
May 16, 2013 SJS@LAK LAK, 4 - 3
May 14, 2013 SJS@LAK LAK, 2 - 0

The San Jose Sharks look to force a Game 7 in LA

”The true advantage of playing at home is your fans,” said Todd McLellan.

GAME DAY PREVIEW – GAME 5 VS. KINGS
May 26, 2013


Each Game Day on SJSHARKS.com, make sure to catch the “Game Day Preview” which will include
Story Lines, matchups, Shark Bites, and much more as the Sharks continue their quest for the Stanley Cup!  Let’s take a closer look at the Sharks second round series vs. the Los Angeles Kings!

Western Conference Quarterfinals
#6 San Jose Sharks (25-16-7) at #3 Vancouver Canucks (26-15-7)
Sharks WIN series 4-0
Wed.,     May 1 GAME 1 @ Vancouver  7:30pm Sharks WIN 3-1
Fri.,     May 3 GAME 2 @ Vancouver  7pm Sharks WIN 3-2 OT
Sun.,     May 5 GAME 3 @ San Jose  7pm Sharks WIN 5-2
Tue.,     May 7 GAME 4 @ San Jose  7pm Sharks WIN 4-3OT


Western Conference Semifinals

#6 San Jose Sharks (25-16-7) at #5 Los Angeles Kings (27-16-5)
Game 6 at 5pm (PST) Sunday, May 26 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose
LA leads series 3-2

SERIES SCHEDULE:


Please note all games will be carried LIVE locally on NBCSN / 98.5-102.1 FM KFOX and the Sharks Radio Network (all games listed PST).

Tue.,     May 14 GAME 1 @ Los Angeles  7pm Kings win 2-0
Thu.,     May 16 GAME 2 @ Los Angeles  7pm Kings win 4-3
Sat.,     May 18 GAME 3 @ San Jose  6pm Sharks WIN 2-1OT
Tue.,     May 21 GAME 4 @ San Jose  7pm Sharks WIN 2-1
Thur.,     May 23 GAME 5 @ Los Angeles 7:30pm Kings win 3-0
Sun.,      May 26 GAME 6 @ San Jose  5pm
*Tue., May 28 GAME 7 @ Los Angeles  TBD
*if necessary

STORY LINES:


Battle in California!
The San Jose Sharks face the #5 seed Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 in the best of seven Western Conference Second Round Stanley Cup Playoffs. This is the 30th playoff series in franchise history for the Sharks (14-15) and the 2nd playoff series meeting vs. the Los Angeles Kings.

Previous Playoff Series/Action vs. the Kings:
2011 Western Conference Quarterfinal – the #2  seed San Jose Sharks defeated the #7 seed Los Angeles Kings 4-2.

The Sharks won three overtime games vs. the Kings in the series and scored six goals in three of their four wins.  Ryan Clowe led all Sharks players with seven points (4-3-7) in the series.  A lot has changed since the first and only playoff meeting between the Sharks and the Kings…. as LA won the Stanley Cup in 2012!

San Jose is 65-48-7-6 all-time in the regular season vs. the Kings (including 2-2-0 this season).

Sharks vs. Kings matchups to look for:

Let’s break it down heading into Game 6:

POWER PLAY:
- advantage SHARKS
The Sharks rank 2nd in NHL (among teams left)  with a power play clicking at 23.3% (10-43) but have the best home ice power play in the playoffs at 37.5% (9-for-24).  San Jose has scored at least one power play goal in all four home games in the playoffs – nine of the 13 goals the Sharks have scored at home have come on the power play (69.2%).  The Kings are 3-for-13 on the road (23.1%) in the playoffs.  The Sharks must continue to rock the power  play in Game 6 to win.

Hit Parade: - advantage to the KINGS
The Kings out hit the Sharks 51-24 in Game 5 led by their captain Dustin Brown and his seven hits.  Several players for the Sharks did not register one hit in Game 5 including Jason Demers, Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Scott Gomez, Marc-Eduard Vlasic, and Justin Braun. – this will have to change on Sunday if the Sharks are to force a Game 7.

Lineup changes for Game 6?

San Jose:  No injuries to report for San Jose in Game 5. – Jason Demers was back in the lineup and skated on the 4th line with Andrew Desjardins and Bracken Kearns.  Demers played 3:47 in Game 6.

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. Raffi Torres is serving his series long suspension for his hit on Jarret Stoll in Game 1.

It looks like that Adam Burish could take a spot on the 4th line for the Sharks and replace Jason Demers.

"I feel ready, yeah," Burish said. "I guess it's Todd's call, but yeah, I feel pretty darn good."
"I'm just going to look to contribute. Just bring some energy, bring some attitude. Bring some desperate attitude, I guess, is what I'm going to bring, add on to what we already have." – Adam Burish
TJ Galiardi – Joe Thornton – Brent Burns
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Joe Pavelski
James Sheppard – Scott Gomez – Tommy Wingels
Adam Burish - Andrew Desjardins – Bracken Kearns
Matt Irwin – Dan Boyle
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Scott Hannan – Brad Stuart
Antti Niemi
Thomas Greiss

Los Angeles: No injuries to report for LA in Game 5.
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 5.  Darryl Sutter made several line changes in Game 5.

Kyle Clifford – Anze Kopitar – Justin Williams
Dustin Penner – Mike Richards – Jeff Carter
Dwight King – Trevor Lewis – Dustin Brown
Tyler Toffoli – Colin Fraser – Brad Richardson
Robyn Regehr – Drew Doughty
Rob Scuderi – Slava Voynov
Jake Muzzin – Matt Greene
Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Bernier

Shark Bites: (interesting tidbits heading into Game 6)
*Nice Home Record…. The Sharks are 4-0 at the HP Pavilion in the playoffs headed into Game 4 after having the best home record during the 2012-13 regular season (17-2-5)… San Jose is 41-33 all-time on home ice in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

*Game 6…. San Jose is 4-14 all-time in Game 6’s including a 1-4 record at home…  the Sharks lone home win in a Game 6 was on May 17, 1995, a 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames in the WQF’s at the San Jose Arena – Craig Janney had the game winner for the Sharks.

*Long time between Game 6’s!.... Game 6 on Sunday will be the first Game 6 at the HP Pavilion since May 7, 2007.  Dominic Hasek made 28 saves in a 2-0 shutout win for the Detroit Red Wings to close out the series in the WSF’s.

*Goals by period…. The Sharks have scored six goals in the 1st, five goals in the 2nd, eight goals in the 3rd, and three overtime goals in the playoffs.

*Goals against by period… The Sharks have allowed four goals in the 1st, five goals in the 2nd, 10 goals in the 3rd, and no overtime goals.

Kings Notes:
*New Leader….. with his 3-0 win in Game 5, Jonathan Quick (27 playoff wins) moved past Kelly Hrudy (26 wins) for the most playoff wins in franchise history.

*Not Shooting…. The Kings rank 16th (out of 16) with just 25.4 shots per game in the playoffs.  Jeff Carter leads the Kings with 35 shots on goal.

*Goals by period…. The Kings have scored seven goals in the 1st, six goals in the 2nd, nine goals in the 3rd, and one overtime goal in the playoffs.

*Goals against by period… The Kings have allowed five goals in the 1st, six goals in the 2nd, four goals in the 3rd, and two overtime goals in the playoffs.


What they are saying:
“We’re preparing to go up there and win. We don’t want to go up there and steal a game. We want to go up there and win a game. Your game plan doesn’t change, it’s just a mentality to go into a tough building and get the job done. There’s a difference between knowing you’re going to win and hoping you’re going to win and we got to go up there knowing we’re to win.” – Dustin Brown

“We’ve been deadly at home, and we just have to be good tomorrow,” Joe Thornton said about the Sharks power play.

Bottom Line:
It is going to come down to the Sharks’ power play.  You better believe that the Kings do not want to end up in the penalty box for any reason in Game 6, because if they do, the Sharks will have the game on their stick – for better or worse.  San Jose is going to rely on their power play – on home ice, to get things done in Game 6 – if they do…. Game 7 will be in LA on Tuesday…. Let’s just hope the Sharks continue their home ice power play success!  GO Sharks GO!


NHL.com Preview

KINGS at SHARKS

(Los Angeles leads best-of-7 series, 3-2)

TV: NBCSN, TSN, RDS

Big story: The Los Angeles Kings remain unbeaten at Staples Center, and as a result they have the opportunity to clinch their second consecutive berth in the Western Conference Finals. However, in order to accomplish that and avoid having to go a seventh game with the San Jose Sharks, they'll have to win at HP Pavilion, where they lost twice earlier in this series. After posting a 10-1 road mark on their march to the Stanley Cup in 2012, the Kings are 1-4 away from home this postseason.

Team Scope:

Kings: Goals haven't been easy to come by throughout this series, and Game 5 proved no exception as Los Angeles and San Jose battled scoreless into the latter stages of the second period. That the ice was finally be broken by Anze Kopitar came as a bit of a surprise -- not because Kopitar doesn't have the pedigree of an elite scorer, but because it was only his second goal in 27 games dating back to the regular season.

After Kopitar broke the ice with 1:52 left in the second, defenseman Slava Voynov found his own scoring touch again and doubled the lead 53 seconds into the third. Jeff Carter added an empty-netter and Quick completed the shutout with 24 saves for a 3-0 victory that puts the Kings back in control.

But to avoid a Game 7, they'll have to figure out a way to win at the Shark Tank, where San Jose has lost just twice in regulation in 28 regular-season and playoff games.

“We’re preparing to go up there and win,” captain Dustin Brown said Saturday. “We don’t want to go up there and steal a game. We want to go up there and win a game. Your game plan doesn’t change, it’s just a mentality to go into a tough building and get the job done. There’s a difference between knowing you’re going to win and hoping you’re going to win and we got to go up there knowing we’re to win.”

Sharks: Just as Los Angeles has yet to lose a game in its building this postseason, San Jose can make the same claim. The Sharks are a perfect 4-0 on home ice against the Vancouver Canucks and Kings, and they have no choice but to build off that if they want to force a winner-take-all seventh game.

Antti Niemi won't be an issue -- even in defeat Thursday, he stopped 26 of 28 shots and gave his team a chance to win. But the Sharks are having the same issue the St. Louis Blues had before them -- as well as the Canucks, Blues, Phoenix Coyotes and New Jersey Devils last postseason -- and that's finding a way to get enough goals against Quick to win.

Forward Logan Couture, who included himself among the top players who didn't produce in Game 5, said Saturday he expects a much better effort and that he and his teammates are in a positive frame of mind.

"Confident and having a good time," Couture said of the Sharks' outlook entering Game 6. "There's definitely not an uncomfortable feeling. We're going to approach it like our season's on the line because it is and I expect us to be very desperate and play well."

Who's hot: Quick's shutout in Game 5 was the seventh of his postseason career. He has three in 11 starts, matching his total from 20 starts a year ago. His 1.50 goals-against average and .948 save percentage lead the NHL. Carter (2-3-5) and Mike Richards (2-3-5) lead the Kings in scoring for the series. … Niemi has allowed just four goals on 78 shots over the past three games.

series schedule/results
DateScoreW. Goal
May 28 '13SJS 1 at LAK 2J. Williams
May 26 '13LAK 1 at SJS 2T. Galiardi
May 23 '13SJS 0 at LAK 3A. Kopitar
May 21 '13LAK 1 at SJS 2L. Couture
May 18 '13LAK 1 at SJS 2 - OTL. Couture
May 16 '13SJS 3 at LAK 4T. Lewis
May 14 '13SJS 0 at LAK 2S. Voynov
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
M. Richards122810+5810
J. Carter12538+31010
A. Kopitar12246+1801
S. Voynov12415+7003
D. Brown12314+5620
J. Williams12224+2601
D. Doughty12224-1810
D. Penner12213+1201
T. Lewis12123+1211
D. King12033-1000
J. Muzzin12033-1400
T. Toffoli7112+2000
R. Scuderi12022+6000
A. Martinez6022-2800
R. Regehr12011-3400
C. Fraser11011-1800
K. Clifford8011+1400
J. Stoll7011-1000
B. Richardson6011-1000
M. Greene3011+2200
J. Nolan6000+0400
K. Ellerby5000+0000
T. Pearson1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
J. Quick127-5193561.54.947
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
L. Couture105611-6053
J. Pavelski104711-1030
J. Thornton102810+5010
P. Marleau10538-1211
D. Boyle10257-3211
B. Burns10224-1600
S. Hannan10044+1400
B. Stuart10123+3200
M. Vlasic10112+2600
T. Galiardi10112+1601
T. Wingels10022+2600
S. Gomez8022+1600
R. Torres5101-1201
J. Braun10011-1000
M. Irwin10011-4400
A. Desjardins10000+0600
J. Sheppard10000+0400
B. Kearns6000-1000
A. Burish5000+0200
T. Kennedy3000+0200
M. Havlat2000+0000
J. Demers1000+0200
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
A. Niemi107-3192801.85.932