NBA Playoff Schedule, San Jose Sharks, Kobe Bryant and Friday's Top Sports News

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NBA Playoff Schedule, San Jose Sharks, Kobe Bryant and Friday's Top Sports News
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The San Jose Sharks got their Stanley Cup title hopes off to a solid start last night against the Los Angeles Kings, using a strong offensive effort (and a timely goal from Joe Pavelski) to take a 3-2 overtime win and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven first-round series. 

We knew what the Sharks were capable of offensively, given the fact that their list of potent scorers runs nearly three lines deep. But a further boon to their hopes of advancing was the fact that the Kings defense, the team's biggest strength coming into this postseason, looked completely overmatched. 

Goalie Jonathan Quick delivered a herculean effort on the night, making 42 saves on 45 shots, but it doesn't bode well for the Kings that their vaunted defense allowed the Sharks 45 shots on goal. 

Quick has been good all season, but if they're going to be asking him to deliver those kinds of performances throughout the series, that's a great way to wind up heading home early. 

Even so, the Sharks look as sharp as any of the top Cup contenders, and as long as they can avoid any kind of defensive meltdown (unlikely, with Antti Niemi in net), they're looking awfully good to move on to Round 2. 

If that's not enough sports excitement for you, Kobe Bryant decided he wants to challenge his fine while the NBA playoffs are now just over 24 hours away. 

In other words, it's looking like another good day to be a sports fan.

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