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San Jose bolted out of the gate as they did in Game 1, delivering several huge hits and great scoring chances. The Couture line provided some early opportunities in the first following some great cycling action to the left of Quick.
The wheels began to come off following a Ben Eager slashing minor for slashing Jack Johnson on the forecheck at 11:26 of the first period.
Jack Johnson opened the scoring on a slap shot from the left point that eluded Niemi blocker side just a minute later.
At 13:50 Ryane Clowe was called for roughing during an scrum, the start of several stupid San Jose penalties. With just a few seconds left in LA’s fifth power play of the series, Drew Dougthy added to the lead burying the slap shot high to the glove side from the slot.
Unchecked San Jose emotions led to Ryane Clowe cross-checking Drew Doughty high in the slot, putting the Kings back on the attack. While San Jose managed to get their house back in order to close out the period, the Kings still held the 2-0 lead.
Opening the second period, Los Angeles came out strong dominating the Sharks in their own end for over a minute. A fatigued Demers would take a delay of game penalty after chipping the puck out of play in his own zone.
San Jose’s penalty killers responded again with a strong effort, and the teams swapped penalties midway through the second period.
Doughty struck again at 15:42 putting the shot past an Oscar Moller screen giving the Kings a 3-0 lead. The second period ended with a clear advantage to the Kings, playing excellent defense and not allowing the Sharks to get many quality chances.
Still outshooting the visitors by the score of 23-16 after two periods, San Jose needed a big spark in the final frame to stage a rally. Dustin Penner finally made an appearance in the series, taking the roughing minor on Dan Boyle in the first minute of the third.
The Sharks could not capitalize on the early powerplay, adding to their frustration in this series with the man advantage.
Kyle Clifford added the insurance goal at 4:54 to make it 4-0, and that was it for the Sharks for Game 2. The unchecked San Jose emotions that got them into trouble in this game boiled over with some late fights and scrums.
Despite outshooting the Kings 34-23, San Jose drops to 10-15 all time in Game 2 playoff games and now must travel to LA to regain the lead.