San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings Game 1: Live Score, Updates and Analysis
The Los Angeles Kings defeated the San Jose Sharks by a 2-0 score in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
In the first period, Slava Voynov scored to give the Kings a 1-0 lead. Voynov's goal came on a slap shot with just 13 seconds to go after a relatively tight-checking first period.
In the second period, Slava Voynov's point shot found a way past Antti Niemi to make it 2-0 for Los Angeles. Mike Richards was later credited with the goal, as the puck his Richards on the way into the net.
That was more than enough scoring for the Kings, as Jonathan Quick was up to the task of stopping the Sharks' shooters, picking up his second shutout of the playoffs with a 35-save shutout.
Logan Couture came into tonight's game with eight points in four playoff games against the Vancouver Canucks, but was neutralized by Anze Kopitar and his line.
Final score: Los Angeles Kings 2, San Jose Sharks 0.
That makes 11 straight home wins for the Kings with four straight playoff wins at home.
That is something that will have to change if the Sharks want a different result than tonight's game.
Weird end to this game, as Mike Richards shoots the puck into the open net, but Anze Kopitar gets called offside so the goal doesn't count.
Kings win the game 2-0, as Quick is phenomenal in a shutout effort.
Final score: Kings 2, Sharks 0.
Just under a minute to go here in Los Angeles.
The Sharks had pulled their goalie for the better part of 45 seconds, but an icing call against the Kings will force San Jose to burn a timeout to rest some of their top-line players.
Two minutes to go in this one.
Sharks still down 2-0, but after that Game 7 comeback by the Boston Bruins against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round, don't count San Jose out just yet.
Jonathan Quick has stopped 12 shots in the third period, while stopping 31 overall.
Quick is giving Lundy a run for best goalie in the playoffs to date. #kings— Doug Watson (@Dwatson783) May 15, 2013
Sharks, again, buzzing in the Kings' end.
Unfortunately for San Jose, Joe Thornton is not in "his office" behind the net. Thornton was out around the blue line instead of behind the net. The further away Thornton is from the goal, the less effective he is in general.
Let's see if Thornton gets towards the goal with his play-making abilities in the rest of the game.
Brent Burns with an excellent scoring chance for the Sharks, but Burns roofed the puck over the net on the backhand.
This has been the story of the night so far for the Sharks: close, but not close enough.
Shots are 7-1 for the Sharks in the third period, but it doesn't feel as though the Sharks have had that much in the way of an advantage in scoring chances.
At least the Sharks are now able to step into their shots from the blue line. Hitting the net would be an obvious "plus," though.
NBCSN talking about something that was touched on this blog in the last intermission was the fact that the San Jose coaching staff wanted to get Logan Couture away from the Anze Kopitar line.
Unfortunately, because Los Angeles has the last change option, the Kings have always opted to put Kopitar on the ice when Couture steps on the ice.
Kopitar is extremely underrated when it comes to his ability to shut down opponents' offensive abilities.
He has negated Logan Couture effectively tonight, taking Couture (who had eight points in four games in the first round) out of the game completely.
Sharks watch another power play go to waste, as the Kings kill the penalty.
15 minutes to play in regulation time.
Big scoring chance for the Sharks as Bracken Kearns (playing in his first NHL playoff game and seventh NHL game overall) couldn't elevate the puck to beat a spreadeagled Jonathan Quick.
Sharks to the power play here. Mike Richards off for hooking.
Huge chance for the Kings at the tail end of the power play as the puck was just sitting in the crease. Antti Niemi couldn't find the puck, but luckily for the Sharks, Scott Hannan fished it out and cleared the puck.
Kings miss a glorious opportunity to take a 3-0 lead.
Sharks have a 31-24 advantage in hits through two periods, but that is mostly because the Kings had the puck for most of the second period.
The Sharks need to get the puck back and actually do something with it.
Although Logan Couture is the Sharks' top-line center for now, the Sharks might consider going back to "Jumbo" Joe Thornton eventually, because he is bigger than Couture and could potentially get to the net more easily than Couture.
In the first round against Vancouver, Couture was allowed to fire at will, scoring from virtually anywhere on the ice.
Couture has two shots in this game, going minus-two in the process. Safe to say he has been getting out-muscled every time he is on the ice by the bigger Los Angeles Kings' forward units.
As most of you have told us already, the 2nd Kings goal has officially changed to Mike Richards.— LA Kings (@LAKings) May 15, 2013
As many fans watching likely guessed, Mike Richards will get credit for the Kings' second goal.
The Torres' hit didn't have any lasting consequences on Jarret Stoll. Drew Doughty limped off of the ice on the same play, but that was from a non-related hit.
Individuals on Twitter apparently had a lot to say about Torres' hit.
Torres will be hearing from the league on that hit #kings— Maxime Villeneuve (@CrusaderMaximus) May 15, 2013
Torres is the dirtiest player in the league... #kings— Nick Wright (@MistaWright36) May 15, 2013
Raffi Torres takes a penalty for charging Jarret Stoll with under a minute to go in the second period. Torres appeared to leave his feet to deliver the hit.
No need to elaborate on Torres' history of supplemental discipline as that is available on YouTube.
Second period ends with no further scoring, so the Kings will have carryover power-play time in the third period.
The Sharks are getting shots from the blue line into Jonathan Quick to match those Slava Voynov goals.
The problem with the Sharks' shots on net is that the Sharks' defensemen are backing up instead of stepping into the shots. This has resulted in quite a few weak shots or blocked shots.
San Jose has gotten a little bit of offensive-zone time since the last Kings' goal, but the Sharks need to step into their shots and get to the high-scoring areas in front of Jonathan Quick.
The official scorer is giving the goal to Voynov, assisted by Rob Scuderi and Dustin Brown.
That puck definitely hit someone on the way to the net. Mike Richards was in the vicinity, so he might get credit for that goal later in the game.
Slava Voynov's shot goes in from the point and it is 2-0, Kings!
The puck hit someone on the way to the net, but if it wasn't a King that it hit, that will be Voynov's second goal of the night.
Sharks can't find anything on the power play.
The Sharks need to find some offensive-zone time, as the Kings have had the puck for the majority of the second period.
San Jose had seven power play goals in four games against the Vancouver Canucks, but the Sharks are having difficulties getting shots on goal on the power play in this game.
Lots of nervous moments around the Sharks' net, as the Kings have been forcing the issue through their second line of Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Dwight King.
Now some end-to-end pressure, as both goalies have to be sharp with saves.
Power play upcoming to San Jose as Kopitar gets the gate for hooking Brent Burns.
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