Kings oust Sharks to keep NHL title defence alive
- Published: 29/05/2013 at 12:49 PM
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Reigning playoff MVP Jonathan Quick made 25 saves as the defending champion Los Angeles Kings advanced to the NHL playoff semi-finals with a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks.
Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick celebrates his teams 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on May 28, 2013. Quick made 25 saves as the defending champion Kings advanced to the NHL playoff semi-finals with a 2-1 win over the Sharks.
Forward Justin Williams scored both Los Angeles goals Tuesday and Quick made several key stops down the stretch as the Kings held on in the deciding game to win the Western Conference playoff series four games to three.
After a scoreless first period, Williams busted through with two goals in three minutes for Los Angeles, who won their first Stanley Cup championship a year ago behind the brilliant goaltending of all-star Quick who picked up the 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the Stanley Cup finals.
Heading into game seven, the home team had won every game in this evenly matched all-California series and the fifth seeded Kings kept that streak alive in front of a crowd of 18,593 at Staples Center arena.
Los Angeles claimed games one, two and five, while San Jose grabbed games three and four at the Shark Tank arena before levelling the series at 3-3 with a 2-1 win at home on Sunday.
The Kings are now 4-4 in game sevens. The last time they played in one was in 2002 when Colorado beat them four games to none to take the opening-round series. The Sharks are 5-3 all-time in game sevens.
Los Angeles is now a perfect 7-0 at home in the post-season and have won 14 consecutive games at Staples Center where their last loss was to the Vancouver Canucks on March 23.
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