Los Angeles Kings
The Blackhawks’ series lead has been trimmed to 2-1 with another game at the Staples Center — where the Kings have now won 15 straight — Thursday night.
After back-to-back losses in Chicago, the Kings are hoping they can stay perfect at Staples Center in a crucial Game 3 on Tuesday night.
Bryan Bickell and Michal Handzus scored on consecutive shots in the second period, and the Chicago Blackhawks chased goalie Jonathan Quick on their way to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.
After a rare day off for rest and contemplation, the Los Angeles Kings came back focused on what’s missing from their run at a second straight Stanley Cup title.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.