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Grant Balfour #50 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates with Derek Norris #36 after the interleague game against the San Francisco Giants at O.co Coliseum on May 27, 2013 in Oakland, California. The Oakland Athletics defeated the San Francisco Giants 4-1. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Stadiums Don’t Win Games

The Giants lost their second in a row to the A’s in Oakland Tuesday night and have lost 13 of their last 17 on the road. The Sharks lost Game 7 of the NHL West Semifinals to the Kings in Los Angeles, a series in which the home team won every game. Is there a big home field advantage in all sports?

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Kings Will Host Sharks For Game 7 Showdown After 2-1 Loss

Joe Thornton got San Jose off to a fast start with a power-play goal in the first period and TJ Galiardi added a goal in the second to help the Sharks force a decisive seventh game.

05/28/2013

Logan Couture #39 of the San Jose Sharks pursues Dustin Penner #25 of the Los Angeles Kings for the puck in the second period at Staples Center on March 20, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Sharks, Kings Set To Clash In Pivotal Game 7

For the first time in two years, the Kings are one game away from playoff elimination. They never even faced a potential elimination game during their 16-4 rampage to the Cup last year, but the Sharks have pushed them to the brink while moving one win away from their third trip to the Western Conference finals in four years.

05/28/2013

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game Three

Sharks Try To Shrug Off Game 5 Defeat

The San Jose Sharks are glad to be returning home. Game 6 is Sunday night. The home team has won the first five games of the series.

05/24/2013

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game Three

Kings’ Fundamentals Seem To Be Working Vs. Sharks

Los Angeles can’t match the Sharks’ top-end talent or entertainment value, but the champs won the pivotal Game 5 on Thursday night with a fundamentally sound effort led by that sturdy defense.

05/24/2013

Goalkeeper Jonathan Quick #32 blocks a shot, defending the net against Tommy Wingels #57 of the San Jose Sharks in the second period in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on May 18, 2013 in San Jose. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Sharks, Kings Series Heats Up With Diving Accusations

Another playoff series for the San Jose Sharks, another round of diving accusations. As you would expect, those accusations made it to the L.A. Kings and on Thursday after the morning skate, the Kings had their retort.

05/23/2013

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game Three

Sharks Must Solve LA’s Quick If They Hope To Advance

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick sometimes seems to be the only obstacle between San Jose and the Western Conference finals while the Sharks dominate much of their 2-2 series with the defending Stanley Cup champions.

05/23/2013

Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings is pursued by Logan Couture #39 of the San Jose Sharks for the puck in the second period of Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 16, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Sharks Looking To Bounce Back From Tough Loss

The Sharks players say they’re putting their Game 2 collapse behind them and turning their focus to defending home ice the next two games so they can tie their second-round series with the Kings.

05/17/2013

Raffi Torres of the San Jose Sharks. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Sharks’ Torres Suspended For Rest Of Kings Series

Sharks forward Raffi Torres was suspended for the rest of San Jose’s second-round playoff series against Los Angeles on Thursday for an illegal check to the head of Kings forward Jarret Stoll during the opener.

05/16/2013

Raffi Torres #13 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal against the Vancouver Canucks for a 3-2 victory in overtime in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, May 03, 2013 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Hit On Kings’ Stoll By Sharks’ Torres Could Alter Playoff Series

Raffi Torres spent the past year in Phoenix and San Jose trying to shake his reputation as a dangerous player. His hit on Los Angeles center Jarret Stoll might have erased much of that work and put both players’ postseason futures in doubt.

05/16/2013

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