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“You are playing for your playoff lives. You have to be desperate…. Both teams are playing for their lives.” – Logan Couture
GAME DAY PREVIEW – GAME 7 VS. KINGS
May 28, 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 7 at 6pm (PST) Tuesday, May 28 at the STAPLES CENTER in LA
Series tied 3-3
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 Sharks WIN 2-1
Tue., May 28 GAME 7 @ Los Angeles 6pm
Battle in California
The San Jose Sharks face the #5 seed Los Angeles Kings 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 7:
POWER PLAY: - advantage SHARKS
The Sharks rank 2nd in NHL (among teams left) with a power play clicking at 22.9% (11-48) but have the best home ice power play in the playoffs at 34.5% (10-for-29). San Jose has scored at least one power play goal in all five home games in the playoffs – ten of the 15 goals the Sharks have scored at home have come on the power play (66.7%). – San Jose is just 1-for-19 on the road on the power play (5.3%) – that will obviously have to change come Game 7! The Kings are 3-for-17 on home ice (17.6%) and 6-for-32 (18.8%) overall on the power play in the playoffs.
Lineup changes for Game 7?
San Jose: No injuries to report for San Jose in Game 6. – Adam Burish was back in the lineup after breaking his hand in Game 4 vs. the Canucks and skated on the 4th line with Andrew Desjardins and Bracken Kearns. Burish was extremely effective as he led the Sharks with four shots on goal and was 4-for-4 in the faceoff circle.
"It was fun to get back in, it was fun to contribute," Burish said. "Obviously, it was fun to get a big win at home. It was loud. The fans were great and it was a fun one to be a part of."
Defenseman Justin Braun left early in the first period with a lower body injury but retuned and finished the game.
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.
*Spreading the ice… the Sharks had nine players play at least 19 minutes in Game 6. – led by Joe Thornton (22:01).
Los Angeles: No injuries to report for LA in Game 6.
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. Tyler Toffoli, Tanner Pearson, Keaton Ellerby, and Alec Martinez did not dress in Game 6. Forward Jordan Nolan returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch for three straight games and took Tyler Toffoli’s spot on the 4th line.
*Drew Doughty played a ton in Game 6…. Leading the way for the Kings with 27:55 of ice time.
Kyle Clifford – Anze Kopitar – Justin Williams
Dustin Penner – Mike Richards – Jeff Carter
Dwight King – Trevor Lewis – Dustin Brown
Jordan Nolan – Colin Fraser – Brad Richardson
Robyn Regehr – Drew Doughty
Rob Scuderi – Slava Voynov
Jake Muzzin – Matt Greene
Shark Bites: (interesting tidbits heading into Game 7)
*Game 7…. San Jose is 5-2 all-time in Game 7’s including a 3-2 record on the road.
1994 WQF @ Detroit 3-2W – Baker GWG
1994 WSF @ Toronto 2-4L
1995 WQF @ Calgary 5-4OTW – Whitney at 21:54 GWG
2000 WQF @ St. Louis 3-1W – Nolan GWG
2002 WSF @ Colorado 0-1L
2008 WQF vs. Calgary 5-3W – Pavelski GWG
2011 WSF vs. Detroit 3-2W – Marleau GWG
*Goals by period…. The Sharks have scored seven goals in the 1st, six 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, six goals in the 2nd, 10 goals in the 3rd, and no overtime goals.
*3-for-3…. Defenseman Dan Boyle has won all three Game 7’s he has played in!
*Home Sweet Home… the LA Kings have won 13 straight games at the Staples Center (including regular season).
*Game 7’s….The Kings are 3-4 all-time in Game 7s.
*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.
*Goals by period…. The Kings have scored seven goals in the 1st, seven goals in the 2nd, nine goals in the 3rd, and one overtime goal in the playoffs.
*Goals against by period… The Kings have allowed six goals in the 1st, seven goals in the 2nd, four goals in the 3rd, and two overtime goals in the playoffs.
What they are saying:
“In a game like this, it comes down to the little details of the game. When we’re on our game and we’re doing all those little things, that’s when our game kind of takes care of itself. In a game like this, it comes down to individual preparation and getting yourself ready. I’ve got to do what I need to do to get myself ready to play. If I do those things, it’s going to help our team.” – Dustin Brown
“It’s my first Game 7. I don’t think it’s going to be anything different. I mean, we’ve faced elimination before and we didn’t get the job done. Now it’s tied. We’re at home, and it’s going to be our building, our fans, and I don’t think we need a whole lot more motivation to have a good start and get going.” – Anze Kopitar
"You can’t change your game. Do what got you here. Obviously, emotions are going to be running high." – said Scott Gomez as he gets ready for his 10th Game 7 in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
“Our last game (Game 6) was a do-or-die game. It’s a stressful situation…. But (Game 7’s) are the most fun I’ve had playing hockey.” – said Dan Boyle
Dan Boyle said that Game 7’s are the most fun he has had playing hockey… that is easy for him to say as he has won the previous three Game 7’s he has been involved in! Boyle has the right mind frame going into Game 7… it will be stressful – might keep a good head on your shoulders and have fun… Game 7’s are what hockey players dream of playing in growing up – enjoy the moment! Although the LA Kings are the Stanley Cup Champs; the Sharks have more collective experience in Game 7 situations (SJ has 13 players with Game 7 experience, the Kings have eight). If the Sharks can have “fun” on their power play and break out of a 1-for-19 streak on the road… Dan Boyle will be a perfect 4-for-4 in Game 7’s! Enjoy the moment Sharks’ fans… and have fun! GO Sharks GO!
SHARKS AT KINGS
(Best-of-7 series is tied 3-3)
TV: RDS, TSN, NBCSN
Big story: The home team has won every game in this series so far, but the Sharks are hot, winning three of the past four to force this Game 7. Can the Sharks continue their resilient play? Or will the Kings' championship pedigree carry them to the Western Conference Finals?
Sharks: Game 7 in any playoff series is a pressure-cooker, a win-or-go-home experience that can cause even the calmest of minds to start jumping around.
Sharks center Scott Gomez, however, could be the rare player immune from Game 7 nerves. Tuesday will mark the 10th Game 7 of the 33-year-old's NHL career.
"It means I'm getting old, I guess," Gomez said after practice Monday. "Someone brought that up the other day and I started thinking about all of them. I couldn't remember most of them."
Gomez is 6-3 in his nine Game 7s, including a win in Game 7 of the 2003 Stanley Cup Final as a member of the New Jersey Devils. But it's the ones he lost -- including Game 7 of the 2001 Stanley Cup Final -- that stick with him the most.
"I'll never forget the worst moment, losing a game 7 [in the Cup Final]," Gomez said. "[Devils general manager Lou] Lamoriello always said it best, 'When it comes to Game 7, if you can look yourself in the mirror after and know you gave it your all, that's what it's about.' I'll always remember him saying that."
Kings: The Los Angeles franchise doesn't have a lot of recent Game 7 experience -- the most recent time the club played in one was 2002 -- but that doesn't mean the players don't have history in Game 7s.
Mike Richards is 3-0 in Game 7s, including a memorable second-round series in 2010 that saw his Philadelphia Flyers force a Game 7 after rallying from a 3-0 series deficit and a 3-0 hole in Game 7 against the Boston Bruins. Justin Williams won a pair of Game 7s with the Carolina Hurricanes en route to winning the Stanley Cup in 2006.
Kings captain Dustin Brown said having those players, as well as a few others, will help those who haven't gone through that kind of pressure. Brown said he believes enough of his teammates have gone through other big games, so Tuesday shouldn't be something out of the ordinary.
"You've also got guys that have played in an Olympic gold-medal game, which is probably the equivalent of a Game 7," Brown said in reference to himself, Richards and Drew Doughty, who played for Canada in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. "Guys have experience in big games. You look at a group of our guys [who] have won world juniors ... those final games in those world juniors and world championships and Olympics, those are Game 7s. It's a matter of using that experience and trying to get yourself ready."
Who's hot: Sharks goalie Antti Niemi has allowed five goals in the past four games -- three of which the Sharks won -- after letting in six in the first two games.