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Game 1 Blog Against L.A.

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks







Starting Goalies:

                        SJ: Antti Niemi                       back-up: Antero Nittymaki

                        LA: Jonathan Quick                back-up: Jonathan Bernier


Los Angeles:   Ryan Smyth-Jarret Stoll-Justin Williams

(lines)              Dustin Penner-Michael Handzus-Dustin Brown

                        Kyle Clifford-Brad Richardson-Wayne Simmonds

                        Alexei Ponikarovsky-Trevor Lewis-Kevin Westgarth


                        Willie Mitchell-Drew Doughty

                        Rob Scuderi-Jack Johnson

                        Alec Martinez-Matt Greene


                       scratches: Peter Harrold, Oscar Moller, Anze Kopitar, Davis Drewiske


San Jose:         not playing: Kent Huskins, Justin Braun, Jamie McGinn,

                        Andrew Desjardins, Brandon Mashinter, Benn Ferriero, Thomas Greiss


Referees:         Brad Watson, Greg, Kimmerly          

Linesman:        Brad Lazarowich, Tony Sericolo

Video Judge:   Mike Shanley

Supervisor:      Kris King


0:28 Dany Heatley gave San Jose the quick start and early lead they were looking for.  Heatley was alone walking down the slot and slipped a backhand passed Quick after the LA netminder mad an initial save on a Clowe shot from the left circle.  Heatley's goal is a San Jose playoff record for the fastest goal in team history.

SJ 1-0 G: Heatley (1)  A: Clowe (1), White (1) at 0:28

3:22 Doughty called for Interference behind the LA net will give the Sharks the first power play of the series.

5:22 The Kings kill the penalty despite the Sharks controlling the puck in the LA zone for most of the man advantage.

7:01 Mayers is called for cross-checking on a cycle by the Sharks fourth line deep in the LA zone.  Nichol took a questionable hit and Mayers appeared to be retaliating.

9:01 Mayers comes out of the box after an effective penalty kill.

12:30 Sharks controlling play and being physical; outshooting the Kings 6-2.

14:55 Our first pushing and shoving of the series as Pavelski mixes things up with Clifford in front of the LA net.  Sticks come up from both sides but nothing comes of it.

15:31 Clowe called for roughing in the neutral zonegiving the Kings their second power play.

16:15 Murray with a thunderous hit on Handzus behind Sharks net draws a huge response from the sold out crowd.

18:53 Terrific shift from the Pavelski line generating two good chances.  Sharks outshooting the Kings 14-3.

19:34 White takes a big hit behind the net and appears to be shaken up; skates to bench under his own power.

19:38 Eager and Clifford drop the gloves after the face-off.  Eager definitely took exception to the hit on White and stood up for his teammate.

20:00 Period ends with a standing ovation from the crowd rewarding the Sharks for their domination in the first.  Sharks clearly setting a tone for the series in their play (shots 14-3) and with their grit.

0:00 Teams ready for the start of the second.

3:00 Sharks playing extremely well in their own zone and shutting down Kings attack.

4:47 Good chance for the Sharks in a 4 on 2 odd man rush, but a premature whistle ends the play after Quick made the initial save.  Murray with a nice offensive push.

5:50 Shots now 18-3 San Jose.

6:07 Kings get their third power play of the night as Wallin is called for delay of game after lifting the puck over the glass from the defensive zone.

7:25 Brown fires a wrist shot top shelf passed Niemi to tie the game at one.  Sharks had a 2 on 1 short handed chance but Couture missed the net with the shot and the puck bounced out  to Williams in the neutral zone leading to a 3 on 1 LA rush.

Tied 1-1 LA G: Brown (1)  A: Williams (1) at 7:25  PP Goal

10:00 Kings have stepped up their game over the last few minutes.

10:23 Terrific rush from Couture racing around Doughty down the left wing, avoiding a hip check (Rob Blake would not be proud) and slipping one behind Quick to give the Sharks back the lead at 2-1.  Think he will be reminding his good buddy of that with a text later?  He probably has done that to Doughty a few times while growing up.

SJ 2-1  G: Couture (1)  A: Clowe 2(2), Murray (1) at 10:23

14:10 Brilliant play from Thornton leads to a chance for Setoguchi, but Quick makes a sprawling save.  The Sharks captain with a back-check and takeaway in the Sharks zone, then a perfect lead up the boards hitting Setoguchi in stride down the left wing side.

14:30 One of the loudest cheers of the night is when they show Metallica front man James Hetfield up on the video board sitting on the glass with his son, both wearing Sharks jerseys.

16:20 Williams picks up a loose puck on the right side of the goalmouth and jams in a backhand to tie the game.  The puck took an awkward bounce behind the Sharks net right to Williams off of a skate and Niemi lost sight of the puck which opened up a spot for Williams to put it in and tie the score at 2.

Tied 2-2 LA G: Williams (1)  A: Smyth (1) at 16:20

19:01 Since the Sharks took 18 of the first 21 shots, the Kings have taken 15 of the last 23.

19:48 Niemi with a big save on Doughty through a screen as he kicked out the right leg to turn it aside.

20:00 Period comes to an end with the score tied at two.  The Kings have found their game and weathered the early Sharks onslaught to hang in this one and it will be anybody's game in the third.  Shots are 23-19 San Jose after two periods.


0:00 Teams are ready for the start of the third period.  White's return tonight is questionable.

1:50 Fantastic save by Niemi, robbing Clifford at the left door-step.  Niemi going from post to post to stop the Kings winger.

3:40 Huge open hice hit as Demers floors Smyth in the neutral zone.

7:01 Heatley is having a strong game and is playing tough in all three zones.

8:53 Sharks have yet to register a shot here in the third period, as the kings have taken four.

9:51 Marleau fires a wrister for the Sharks first shot of the period as Quick holds on for a draw.

13:15 Sharks cycle the puck in LA zone for over a minute with a couple of good chances.  The best offensive sequence for the Sharks in the period.

17:00 Kings catch a huge break as Scuderi appeared to flip the puck over the glass in the defensive zone and what should have been a delay of game call.

17:49 Doughty is called for tripping Wellwood in the San Jose zone giving the Sharks a big, late power play.

20:00 Third period ends with no scoring as the Sharks had a couple good chances on the power play.  San Jose finished the period strong and they hope to carry it over into overtime.
Shots were 8-7 Sharks in the period after it took nearly half the period for San Jose to fire one on net.  We head to an extra session tied at two.


0:00 Overtime is underway, keep in mind long changes in this period.  

2:10 Terrific save by a sprawling Niemi robbing Richardson at the side of the crease.

5:05 Quick with a nice gave going post to post to catch a Couture drive from the left dot.

10:14 Play is pretty even as you would expect with chances both ways; both goalies have been outstanding.

11:00 Thornton just misses the top corner with a rocket wrist shot from the high slot on a two on two rush with Marleau.

13:42 Two strong chances for the Sharks on this shift as Setoguchi and Mearleau nearly end it.

13:59 Sharks really buzzing around the net with two more opportunities stopped by Quick from Murray and Setoguchi.

14:44 Pavelski wins it!  Pavelski skates down the slot, takes a pass from Wellwood and buries it top shelf glove side as the Sharks take Game One.  For the Big Pavelski it's his thrid career playoff overtime goal.

SJ 3-2  G: Pavelski (3)  A: Wellwood (1), Clowe 3(3) at 14:44

Final shots are 45-35 San Jose as the Sharks outshot the Kings 14-9 in the extra period.  Sharks take Game One after losing five of their previous six series openers. 

1. Pavelski (GW Goal, +1)
2. Clowe (3 Assists, +3)
3. Quick (42 saves)

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