San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings Game 7: Live Score, Updates and Analysis
The Los Angeles Kings defeated the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinal series to move on by winning the series 4-3.
Justin Williams had a pair of second-period goals and almost recorded a natural hat trick in a five-minute span.
The Sharks came storming back in the third period, putting up 13 shots to the Kings' four. Dan Boyle would cut the lead to 2-1 in the third period with his shot from the point that beat Jonathan Quick, but it wasn't enough as the Kings move on to the Western Conference Finals to face the winner of the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks.
Kings 2, Sharks 1. Final score.
The Sharks just couldn't find a way to beat Jonathan Quick twice in the third period, falling 2-1 despite outshooting the Kings 13-4 in the final period.
If the Sharks had come with that intensity for the first two periods (during which they managed a combined 12 shots on goal), it could have been a much different game for them.
The Kings move on to play the winner of the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks, who will play their Game 7 tomorrow night in Chicago.
Round Three Tickets On-Sale Tomorrow! http://t.co/zophTmhz7G— LA Kings (@LAKings) May 29, 2013
Kings 2, Sharks 1. Final score.
The Los Angeles Kings hold on through some desperate moments at the end of this game.
They will advance to the Western Conference finals to face the winner of the Detroit-Chicago series.
Kings 2, Sharks 1. 41 seconds remaining third period.
Play stops w/ 41.1 seconds to go. Faceoff coming just outside the Kings zone. Niemi still on the bench.— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) May 29, 2013
Couture breaks his stick in the offensive zone. Sharks whistled for a high stick on the puck.
Kings 2, Sharks 1. 1:20 remaining third period.
Sharks with the season on the line pull the goalie. Six skaters on the ice for the Sharks.
Kings 2, Sharks 1. 3:00 remaining third period.
Sharks are getting hemmed in their own zone, courtesy of an icing call and some strong puck playing by Jonathan Quick on dump-in attempts by San Jose.
San Jose needs some offensive pressure or one of their big guns to step up here.
Fans on Twitter react to that last save by Quick.
Pavelski has got to elevate that puck! That is a chance that may haunt #Sharks— Brian Jaquet (@bjaquet) May 29, 2013
Kings 2, Sharks 1. 5:12 remaining third period.
6min left in period 3 of game 7. #LAKings lead 2-1. Hang on to your loved ones.— LA Kings (@LAKings) May 29, 2013
Icing call here against the Kings. Sharks can get the matchup that they want. Pavelski has Quick down and out but cannot bury the would-be tying goal.
Kings 2, Sharks 1. 7:00 remaining third period.
Couture and Boyle pacing #SJSharks w/ 4 shots each. Brad Stuart with 5 hits.— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) May 29, 2013
The third period marches on, no more scoring chances since the last TV timeout. Kings hope that clock keeps moving while the clock is now the Sharks' enemy.
Kings 2, Sharks 1. 9:57 remaining third period.
It is never easy to put a team away in the third period of a Game 7 in the playoffs.
Sharks continue to pressure the Kings in the third period. Couple wide-open scoring chances for the Sharks.
It will be a tense final 13 minutes of play if the Kings cannot manage to put another goal past Niemi.
This should be an exciting finish to this one.
Kings 2, Sharks 1. 14:34 remaining third period.
#SJSharks GOAL! Dan Boyle with a blast from the blue line and Sharks cut in to Kings lead, 2-1.— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) May 29, 2013
Dan Boyle shoots and scores from the point to make it 2-1 for the Kings. That was a huge goal for the Sharks, as they now have life.
San Jose has only won one of the four games in which they have trailed first.
Kings 2, Sharks 0. 15:00 remaining third period.
Teams return to even-strength play, but the Sharks need a goal to get them going.
Time marches on.
Jeff Carter gets denied on the breakaway by Niemi. Huge stop to keep it only a two-goal game.
Kings 2, Sharks 0. 17:57 remaining third period.
Interesting call there as Adam Burish goes off for interference after his stick goes under Quick's mask.
Quick gets two minutes for embellishing.
4-on-4 here for the next two minutes.
Kings 2, Sharks 0. 19:30 remaining third period.
Third period is underway. Sharks need to goals to extend their season.
The Sharks weren't necessarily "bad" in the second period. They just gave up some chances and didn't box out Justin Williams on that first goal.
Once that first goal went in, Los Angeles went on a five-minute shooting rampage that featured Williams scoring his second goal of the game and getting denied in the bid for the natural hat trick.
The Sharks aren't out of this game, but they do need to find a way to work harder than the Kings in the third period.
#Sharks trail 2-0 after 2 periods. If Todd McLellan has a great Knute Rockne hockey speech saved, now is the time to use it.— Larry Beil (@LarryBeilABC7) May 29, 2013
Kings 2, Sharks 0. Second intermission.
Sharks and Kings head to the second intermission in Game 7.
The Kings gave the Sharks everything they could handle in that period and came away with two goals from Justin Williams. Willams had a chance for a natural hat trick, but Niemi's toe save is looming large right now.
Sharks have to be thinking that they are still alive in this game, as they had some phenomenal chances down in the Kings' zone to end the second period, just failing to put one on the board.
That's the end of 2 in Game 7. 20 minutes to go. #LAKings with a 2 - 0 lead.— LA Kings (@LAKings) May 29, 2013
The Kings need to start winning some more faceoffs, as the Sharks are finally using the faceoff dot as a means to get the offense started and get pucks deep in the Los Angeles' zone.
Kings 2, Sharks 0. 1:15 remaining second period.
Sharks coming on here a bit in the Kings' end. The Sharks are starting to hit players on the end boards and get bodies to the net.
Expect something good to come for San Jose if they can keep that up.
Kings 2, Sharks 0. 4:40 remaining second period.
Kings and Sharks have just 23 shots between the two teams, but the Kings came to play in the second period, putting up nine second-period shots.
5 minutes left here in the 2nd. Shots are #LAKings 12 to 11 but Kings lead 2 to nothing.— LA Kings (@LAKings) May 29, 2013
Sharks need a goal in this period, as they will be facing a big 2-0 hole in the third period if they cannot chip into that deficit before then.
Kings 2, Sharks 0. 8:28 remaining second period.
Justin Williams has two goals on three shots, but easily could have had three goals on three shots (in less than a five-minute span no less).
Antti Niemi kept his team in the game there with that toe save. Might not look big now, but going down 3-0 in Game 7 would be very hard to come back from.
Kings 2, Sharks 0. 10:59 remaining second period.
Kings take themselves off of the power play again with another penalty. Jake Muzzin to the box for interference.
Play now goes to 4-on-4 as Muzzin is called for interference. :44 remains on Kearns penalty.— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) May 29, 2013
Justin Williams almost converted on a natural hat trick on the first half of that power play, but was stopped by the toe of Niemi.
San Jose Sharks literally could have tied the game at 1-1, but the puck slid inches wide just seconds before Williams put the Kings up 2-0.
Bracken Kearns to the box here for tripping. Kings go back to the power play.
Kings 2, Sharks 0. 12:52 remaining second period.
The Kings have turned this game from a dull and boring game into an offensive track meet.
After a shooting gallery after the first Justin Williams' goal, Williams scores again, potting his second goal of the game on a snap shot past a sliding Antti Niemi.
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