On Thursday the Los Angeles Kings said no to the idea of being the second team eliminated from the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.
The Kings were embarrassed in the first two games of their series against the San Jose Sharks, then lost a heartbreaker in overtime in Game 3 to put them in danger of being swept on Thursday.
Some savvy lineup shifts from Kings coach Darryl Sutter, an intense 60-minute effort from the Kings and improved netminding from Jonathan Quick all combined to to give the Kings a 6-3 win and send the series back to San Jose on Saturday.
It was a chippy affair, especially in the late going, as the Kings tried to use their muscle to slow down the skilled Sharks and throw them off their game. The emotion has been palpable right from Game 1 and is continuing to grow as the series goes on.
After being moved back up to the first line with Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik, Dustin Brown made his first real impact of the series, with a goal, an assist, four shots and 10 hits.
All told, the Kings outhit San Jose 48-35 in Game 4, a dropoff from earlier in the series. There was much more pushing and shoving after the whistles this time around.
For their part, the Sharks outshot Los Angeles 39-31 but couldn't end the series on their first opportunity. They'll have a chance to try again on home ice on Saturday.
Final Score: Los Angeles Kings 6 - San Jose Sharks 3
Sharks lead best-of-seven series 3-1
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