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Penalties cost Kings in Game 1 loss to Sharks

Los Angeles loses special-teams battle in series opener

by Abbey Mastracco / NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings came away from their 4-3 loss in Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series on Thursday even more impressed with the San Jose Sharks' power play. The game plan moving forward is the same one they had coming into the series: Stay out of the penalty box.

The Sharks went 1-for-4 with the extra man, but the power-play chances San Jose didn't capitalize on created enough momentum to generate some drastic swings that the Kings couldn't overcome.

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Resilient Sharks pass first test by winning Game 1

Kings get bounces but Sharks find way to win playoff opener

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

LOS ANGELES -- The 2016 edition of the San Jose Sharks couldn't have asked for a better test of its resiliency than the one it received in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

Playing in a hostile building and battling the ghosts from their meltdown against the same opponent in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Sharks had all the excuses in the world to fold their tent when they fell behind on two occasions in the first 38 minutes of the series opener.

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Instant analysis: Sharks vs. Kings, Game 1

Ward helps San Jose take lead in Western Conference First Round series

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

The San Jose Sharks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round at Staples Center on Thursday. San Jose forward Joe Pavelski scored two goals.

What we learned: This series is likely to exact a telling toll on the victor. Forecasts of a hard-hitting, physically demanding and mentally draining series between these two bitter rivals were spot-on, at least for Game 1. The tone was set in the first period when Los Angeles forward Kyle Clifford leveled San Jose center Tommy Wingels, and the hitting never relented after that.

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Pavelski powers Sharks past Kings in Game 1

San Jose captain gets game-winner 17 seconds into third period

by Curtis Zupke / NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Joe Pavelski thought he was going to have to settle in for a much longer night. But his effort was the difference for the San Jose Sharks in a game full of close plays.

Pavelski scored his second goal of the game 17 seconds into the third period, and the Sharks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series at Staples Center on Thursday.

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Sharks tie Kings in 30 seconds

Teams trade goals late in second period of Game 1

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Kings, Sharks trade quick goals

SJS@LAK, Gm1: Lewis, Hertl score 30 seconds apart

R1, Gm1: Trevor Lewis finishes a great toe drag for the lead shorthanded, then Tomas Hertl responds on the rebound 30 seconds later

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The San Jose Sharks scored 30 seconds after the Los Angeles Kings took the lead with a shorthanded goal late in the second period Thursday.

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Five keys for Sharks vs. Kings Game 1

San Jose must look ahead, not behind against Los Angeles

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks begin their Western Conference First Round series at Staples Center on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, CBC, TVA Sports, CSN-CA, FS-W). Here are five keys for Game 1:

1. Play smart: The Kings know they have to be physical to have success, but they also know they can't take penalties of aggression because of the Sharks' potent power play. San Jose was third in the League during the regular season at 22.5 percent.

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Sharks' Vlasic, Kings' Martinez return for Game 1

San Jose defenseman has been out since March 17; Los Angeles D-man missed past four games

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

Game 1: SHARKS at KINGS

Western Conference First Round

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, CBC, TVA Sports, FS-W, CSN-CA

LOS ANGELES -- San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic returns to the lineup for Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday at Staples Center.

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Kings' Martinez could play in Game 1

Defenseman getting closer to return; Gaborik progressing

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez moved a step closer to returning to the lineup, moving into the rotation of the top six defensemen during practice at the Toyota Sports Center on Wednesday.

Martinez (undisclosed) missed the final four games of the regular season. He has 10 goals, 31 points and a plus-16 rating in 78 games this season.

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Sharks give Game 1 to Jones

Goalie will make first playoff start against Kings, his former team

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- Goaltender Martin Jones will make his first Stanley Cup Playoff start when the San Jose Sharks play the Los Angeles Kings, his former team, in Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series at Staples Center on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, CSN-CA, FS-W, CBC, TVA Sports).

Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said Tuesday he'll choose his starting goaltender -- Jones or James Reimer -- game by game, but that Jones, as expected, will start Game 1.

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