Apr 26, 2014; San Jose, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (11) is congratulated by right wing Marian Gaborik (12), defenseman Slava Voynov (26), and defenseman Robyn Regehr (44) after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the first period in game five of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Sharks Can’t Close Things Out, Dominated By Kings In Game 5 Loss


If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

The San Jose Sharks were on the verge of sweeping the Los Angeles Kings, but after a disappointing 3-0 defeat to the Kings in Game 5, now find themselves having to trek down to L.A. for a sixth game, up 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.

From the start, it was clear that the Kings were the better team on the ice Saturday night in San Jose. A dominating first period in which the Kings outshot the Sharks 18-6 resulted in a 2-0 lead for Los Angeles after one. Tyler Toffoli scored the first goal at the 8:09 mark, wristing one past Antti Niemi on a break after the Sharks had put some pressure on the Kings at the other end. The second goal was almost a case of deja vu, as after Joe Thornton couldn’t knock down a Brent Burns centering pass, the Kings took it back the other way on a 3-on-2. A shot by Dustin Brown off Niemi’s pad was followed up by Anze Kopitar, who put it in an empty net.

A tripping penalty by Justin Braun toward the end of the period meant the Kings power play would carry over to start the second, and a Jeff Carter goal that caromed off Brad Stuart in front just 22 seconds in to the period put the Sharks down 3-0. Niemi was then pulled from the game in favor of Alex Stalock, as Todd McLellan looked to spark some energy into his team. But while Stalock didn’t allow a goal, the Sharks were stymied by Jonathan Quick at the other end. Quick, who was the game’s first star, made 30 saves and looked like the Jonathan Quick of last year’s postseason. San Jose went 0-for-5 on the power play, and Quick stopped some Grade-A chances in the later periods.

However, there’s no other way to sugarcoat it: the Sharks are officially in a battle now, and whatever overconfidence they had after jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the series needs to disappear. The Kings are just too good to go down easily, and now the series shifts back to the Staples Center on Monday.

Tale of the Tape

Sharks:

  • Shots on goal: 30
  • Power play: 0-for-5
  • Hits: 55
  • Giveaways: 26
  • Takeaways: 13
  • Faceoffs won: 25

Kings:

  • Shots on goal: 41
  • Power play: 1-for-4
  • Hits: 49
  • Giveaways: 11
  • Takeaways: 10
  • Faceoffs won: 27

Good to Know

What’s on Tap

Game 6 is on Monday at Staples.

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