Los Angeles Kings defeat the San Jose Sharks in game 1 of round 2
The defending champions, the Los Angeles Kings are on a quest to repeat as Stanely Cup Champions but first they must get past their rivals from northern California the San Jose Sharks. The two golden state teams are for the first time meeting after the first round though the teams have met four times previously in the post season.
The Los Angeles Kings Thornton on Monday said, “It’s pretty cool. Hockey is big out here now. You have a lot of youngsters playing, a lot of older people, too. Hockey is thriving out here in the West.”
Game 1 was at the Staples Center Tuesday night and the Los Angeles Kings gave their home crowd just what they wanted to see as they shut out the Sharks 2-0. The Los Angeles Kings goalie Quick was outstanding in his performance Tuesday night as he kept the Sharks from scoring all night.
The Los Angeles Kings have won ten straight at home since March and set a NHL record winning five straight playoff series as the lower-seeded team over the past two seasons.
Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar said, “We’re getting into that groove. We had a slow start, but the last few games are a good indication of what we can do. We’re familiar with them from so many years. We know what they bring and what they can do, and they know what we want to do, so I think it should be a fun series to see who can do it better.”
With Tuesday’s win the Los Angeles Kings are just three games away from another trip to the western conference finals. The San Jose Sharks on the other hand need to win four as the Sharks are staying focused and ready for this series looks to be a great match up between these two golden state teams.
As the Los Angeles Kings look to change history by defeating their northern California rivals, and advance to the western conference finals.