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Sharks-Kings Game 5 Blog

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks






Kings-3, Sharks-1
(San Jose leads series 3-2)


20:00 It's over here in San Jose and the Kings stay alive with a 3-1 win.  Quick was the story tonight with 51 saves and steals the game for LA.  Shots wind up 52-22 San Jose, its a Kings record for the most shots allowed in a Stanley Cup Playoff Game.

18:15 Heatley makes a save on Clifford to keep it a 3-1 game.

17:45 Sharks pull Nittymaki for extra attacker.

17:03 Clowe exits the box putting the Sharks back at even strength.

15:03 Quick with two more ridiculous saves robbing the Sharks in close.  Clowe is called for cross-checking Brown, teams will play four-on-four for a bit.

13:23 Sharks get another power play as Greene heads right back to the box for cross-checking Thornton along the boards left side of the LA zone.

12:09 Greene exits the sin bin and the Kings keep the Sharks off the board despite another Sharks sure.  Best chance was a one-timer from Pavelski that just went wide of the net.

10:09 Greene is called for high-sticking Mitchell deep in the Kings zone giving the Sharks another power play.

8:32 Couture denied on a point blank chance in front after a Kings turnover high in the LA zone.  Shots are 42-22 Sharks.

7:14 Kings content to try and sit on the lead and wait for San Jose mistakes for any offensive surge.  Sharks with a couple decent chances including a one-timer from Marleau in the slot that went high and wide.

1:19 Nittymaki with a terrific save on a blast from Doughty at the top of the right circle. 

0:00 Opening face-off of the third has the Couture line matched up with the Lewis line.


20:00 At the end of two it's 3-1 Kings as the Sharks outshot LA 15-12 in the period and are ahead 34-18 through two periods.  There as has been consistent pressure from the Sharks and the bulk of play taking place in the Kings zone.

17:36 Westgarth comes out as the Kings kill off the penalty.

15:36 Sharks get a power play as Westgarth hooks Pavelski in the neutral zone as the Sharks were on the attack.

15:28 Sharks with another chance as Marleau fires a wrister from the right cirlce that is blockered away by Quick.

14:08 Shots are 28-16 San Jose and the Sharks are putting a lot of pressure on the Kings.

9:45 Sharks really buzzing around Quick as the LA goaltender makes a sprawling save on Heatley denying the San Jose three-on-two.

5:43 Sharks finally break through against Quick as Marleau jams in a rebound from the crease.  Thornton with a drop pass along the left wing side to a pinching Wallin, and the defenseman throws the puck to the net.  Marleau getting his nose dirty in front is there to push it through the LA netminder.
SJ E Goal: Marleau (2)  A: Wallin (3), Thornton (2) at 5:43  3-1 LA

4:45 Kings with their best push to this point in the second, but Nittymaki makes a big stop on Williams and Handzus rings one off the post.

3:45 Two great chances by Clowe and Couture are denied by Quick, who is really sharp tonight after allowing six goals in each of the last two games.

3:07 Boy that was quick as in no time the ice crew fixes the glass.  Great work!

3:07 Stoppage in play as Westgarth hits Wallin into the boards in the corner to the left of Nittymake and the hit knocks the glass out. 

0:00 The Couture line starts against the Lewis line as the second period begins with LA leading 3-0.


20:00 Despite outshooting the Kings 19-6 in the first, the Sharks find themselves down 3-0 after one.  San Jose in consistently in the Kings zone, but Quick had an outstanding first period.

15:52 Quick with a nice save on a tip in front from Mitchell.  Sharks continue with the pressure, but Quick is stopping everything, already 16 saves.

12:10 Sharks are outshooting the Kings 14-6.

11:42 Brown exits the box after the Sharks come up empty on the man advantage despite a couple good chances.

9:42 Brown is called for interference on Setoguchi in the LA zone as the Sharks winger was driving the net.  San Jose gets the first power play of the night.

8:42 Todd McLellan decides to change goaltenders as he inserts Nittymaki for Niemi.

8:42 The Kings make it 3-0 as Penner ends his goal draught.  Penner fires a wrist shot past Niemi glove side from the inside of the left circle.
LA E Goal: Penner (1)  A: Westgarth (2)  at 8:42  3-0 LA

7:14 Kings make it 2-0 as it's Clifford with the marker.  After a Sharks turnover in the netural zone, LA had a two-on-one with Murray back.  Simmonds fired a wrist shot from the left wing side and Niemi made the save, but Clifford was there to tap in the rebound giving LA the two goal lead.
LA E Goal: Clifford (3)  A: Simmonds (2), Richardson 2(4) at 7:14  2-0 LA

5:37 Despite the early Kings goal, the Sharks are active and physical early with big hits from Murray, Nichol and McGinn.  Shots are 6-1 San Jose.

3:36 Kings score on their first shot of the night and take an early 1-0 lead.  Scuderi with a slapshot from the left point is redirected low left side by Clifford and Simmonds, then the puck slips by Niemi for the goal.
LA E Goal: Simmonds (1)  A: Clifford (2), Scuderi (2)  at 3:36  1-0 LA

0:00 Game 5 is underway with the Couture line against the Lewis line for LA.



Starting Goalies:

                        SJ: Antti Niemi                        back-up: Antero Nittymaki

                        LA: Jonathan Quick                 back-up: Jonathan Bernier


Los Angeles:   Scott Parse-Michael Hanzdus-Justin Williams

(lines)              Ryan Smyth-Trevor Lewis-Dustin Brown

                        Kyle Clifford-Brad Richardson-Wayne Simmonds

                        Dustin Penner-Jarret Stoll-Kevin Westgarth


                        Willie Mitchell-Drew Doughty

                        Rob Scuderi-Jack Johnson

                        Alec Martinez-Matt Greene


                        scratches: Peter Harrold, Oscar Moller, Anze Kopitar,

                        Davis Drewiske, Alexei Ponikarovsky


San Jose:        not playing: Kent Huskins, Justin Braun, Ben Eager,

                        Brandon Mashinter, Benn Ferriero, Andrew Desjardins,

                       Thomas Greiss





Referees:            Tim Peel, Marc Joannette           

Linesman:           Jay Sharrers, Mark Wheeler

Video Judge:       Mike Shanley

Supervisor:          Kris King


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