Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks Game 4: Live Score, Updates and Analysis
San Jose held home ice with a 2-1 win for the second straight game, creating a series stalemate in the Western Conference semifinals. The Sharks surged to a 2-0 advantage before the second intermission and held off a late Los Angeles rally to pull even at two wins apiece.
Logan Couture scored his fifth power play goal of the postseason, notching his second game-winning goal of the series. Brent Burns also scored for San Jose.
The Kings managed just 12 shots in the first two periods before putting 14 shots on goal in the final frame. The defending Stanley Cup champions were unable to beat goalie Antti Niemi in the game's final minutes and head home searching for answers on offense.
The home team is 4-0 so far in this series.
Final: San Jose 2, Los Angeles 1
San Jose survives late scare, knots series at two wins apiece!
The Kings couldn't complete the comeback despite a strong third-period push. Logan Couture scored his second game-winning goal of the series to help the Sharks win 2-1.
The Western Conference semifinals shift back to Los Angeles as a best-of-three series.
The Kings have pulled goalie Jonathan Quick with 1:10 remaining in regulation.
San Jose 2, Los Angeles 1 (4:10 3rd Period)
The Kings have taken control of momentum in the final frame but remain behind on the scoreboard. Los Angles totaled just 12 shots in the first 40 minutes of the game.
Through nearly 16 minutes of third-period action, the Kings have a 12-1 advantage in shots on goal. Remember, the Kings came back from a one-goal deficit to win Game 2 in the closing minutes.
Sharks center Logan Couture continues to look like a franchise cornerstone with a strong playoff run. More on his efforts from San Jose stat man Darin Stephens...
Logan Couture 3rd Shark with 5 power play goals in a playoff season (Mike Rathje 1995, Joe Pavelski 2010). Leads NHL with 5 in 2013.— Darin Stephens (@SharksStats) May 22, 2013
Richards puts Kings on scoreboard, cuts San Jose lead in half with 10:14 remaining in regulation!
Mike Richards poked the puck past Antti Niemi's outstretched arms to bring Los Angeles within one goal nearly midway through the third period. His second goal of the postseason occurred after it seemed Niemi would be able to gain possession.
The goal comes on a power play. Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar are credited with assists.
Los Angeles has outshot San Jose 8-1 in the third period.
San Jose 2, Los Angeles 0 (11:46 3rd Period)
Los Angeles begins a pivotal power play after Brent Burns is penalized for boarding. The Kings can't let much more time lapse without trimming a two-goal Sharks lead.
The Kings are able to kill the latest San Jose power play. Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick now has 20 saves. He needs some help from teammates who have tallied a combined 12 shots on goal through nearly 50 minutes of game action.
San Jose 2, Los Angeles 0 (14:42 2nd Period)
Logan Couture is taken down on a San Jose counter-strike. Matt Green picks up a high-sticking penalty on the play, giving the Sharks a fourth power play opportunity.
San Jose is 1-of-3 on the man advantage tonight. Couture scored a second-period power play goal.
Third-period action is underway in San Jose, where the Kings have work to do. The Sharks have dominated Game 4 more than a 2-0 lead reflects.
Interesting to note that during the NBC Sports Network intermission report, Jeremy Roenick said he believes this is the best game San Jose stalwart Joe Thornton has ever played. High praise from the former NHL superstar.
San Jose holds 2-0 advantage through two periods!
Logan Couture scored his fifth power play goal of the postseason to double the Sharks' lead over Los Angeles. The Kings followed with two unimpressive power play opportunities that resulted in few chances.
San Jose owns a 21-9 edge in shots on goal and Los Angeles has a lot to figure out in the locker room if it hopes to mount a comeback. The Sharks are 20 minutes away from sending the series back to Tinseltown tied up 2-2.
San Jose 2, Los Angeles 0 (1:00 2nd Period)
The Kings again come up empty on the power play. Calder Trophy candidate Jake Muzzin misfired on what appeared to be an easy scoring opportunity.
The talented rookie sent a rocket over the head of Niemi, who hasn't faced too much pressure tonight.
Muzzin has an empty net but his shot goes sailing over it. #SJSharks holding on so far.— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) May 22, 2013
The Kings have another opportunity to cut San Jose's advantage in half. The Sharks lose Scott Hannan with 3:02 separating us from second intermission.
He was whistled for interference of Anze Kopitar. It's just the second power play for Los Angeles tonight.
San Jose 2, Los Angeles 0 (5:05 2nd Period)
A significant part of the problem for the Kings has been an inability to maintain possessions. The Sharks have as many takeaways (seven) as Los Angeles shots.
That's added up to a rough night for the Kings. Los Angeles faces a two-goal deficit against Vezina Trophy finalist Antti Niemi.
San Jose 2, Los Angeles 0 (9:07 2nd Period)
Los Angeles failed to register a shot on goal during its first man advantage of Game 4. The Kings are sputtering offensively through a game and a half in San Jose.
San Jose owns a 21-7 advantage in shots on goal.
San Jose 2, Los Angeles (11:27 2nd Period)
Los Angeles lands on its first power play of Game 4 when T.J. Galiardi is whistled for interference of Drew Doughty. The Kings have just seven shots tonight so it presents a significant opportunity to turn the tide.
Sharks surge ahead 2-0 with 16:05 left in second period!
Logan Couture scores his second goal in as many games to push San Jose in front 2-0. It's his fifth goal of the playoffs, including an overtime game-winner on Saturday.
The score occurred on the Sharks' third power play of the contest. All five of Couture's goals have occurred on a man advantage.
He was assisted by Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton, who now has nine postseason assists.
San Jose 1, Los Angeles 0 (17:12 1st Period)
The Sharks continue to pepper Quick with shots and Los Angeles simply appears overwhelmed on the road tonight.
San Jose owns an 18-3 advantage in shots on goal.
The second period is underway in San Jose. Los Angeles struggled to contend in the opening 20 minutes of action, which is an about-face from the way the Kings opened the series.
First period ends with Sharks leading Los Angeles 1-0!
Brent Burns buried the only goal of the first period, which saw Kings' netminder Jonathan Quick face a bevvy of San Jose scoring chances. The Sharks had two power play opportunities and outshot Los Angeles 15-3 in the period.
San Jose is absolutely dominating so far in its pursuit to even up this conference semifinal at two wins apiece.
Wingels nearly picked up immediate revenge against Quick for the glove to the face. He beat the Los Angeles netminder with a laser that landed on the left post.
Wingels hits post. Another half-inch to the left and this is a 2-0 #SJSharks lead.— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) May 22, 2013
The Kings kill a second consecutive power play.
San Jose 1, Los Angeles 0 (4:34 1st Period)
Jonathan Quick is known as an emotional player. He displayed some frustration a moment ago.
The 2012 Conn Smythe winner shoved his glove into the face of San Jose center Tommy Wingels following a stoppage of play. Quick and company just killed off the first power play of Game 4 but immediately face another disadvantage as Drew Doughty heads to the penalty box ffor Slashing Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
San Jose 1, Los Angeles 0 (8:54 1st Period)
The Sharks have been swarming in the offensive zone throughout the opening period. San Jose has outshot Los Angeles 9-3, constantly challenging goalie Jonathan Quick.
Quick didn't surrender a goal for the first 89 minutes of this series.
San Jose 1, Los Angeles 0 (10:13 1st Period)
Veteran stalwart Joe Thornton ranks among the league's most respected centers. He led San Jose in assists during the regular season and continues to be a tremendous distributor.
With another assist this evening, Thornton has now set up eight goals in a little more than seven playoff games. He also carries a plus-6 rating.
Excellent atmosphere in HP Pavilion tonight. The crowd has picked up right where it left off after Logan Couture's game-winner in Game 3.
Chants of "Beat LA" have kept up throughout this opening period. The defending Stanley Cup champs have struggled on the road this season and face immediate adversity in San Jose with an early 1-0 deficit.
Sharks claim 1-0 lead with 13:51 remaining in first period.
Joe Thornton continues to be an offensive catalyst for the sharks. He has been on the ice for 16 of the Sharks' 21 goals scored.
Brent Burns scored his second goal of the postseason with a little more than six minutes elapsed in Game 4. Joe Thornton and T.J. Galiardi picked up the assists.
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