Kings' Mike Richards and Sharks' Tommy Wingels scuffle in the… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)
FINAL: Kings 3, Sharks 0
The Kings have out-shot the Sharks 28-21, moving closer to being one win from the series victory. The teams play again Sunday night at HP Pavilion.
Less than a minute left.
Pavelski of San Jose had a huge opening, charged toward the puck, but Quick again is there to stop it with his right leg. Incredible.
Carter then scores an empty net shot with 31.2 seconds left and it’s 3-0 Kings after Kopitar lost a face-off, but Richards passed up ice to the open Carter.
The final seconds are gone, the Kings win 3-0, to take a 3-2 series lead. Check latimes.com/sports later tonight for post-game coverage from Staples Center.
Kopitar makes him do it again with 3:35 left.
Clifford sweeps the puck out of the zone in front of Quick. For good measure, Quick left-hands a save.,
The Sharks empty their net with more than two minutes remaining.
Dwight King pushes the puck toward the goal, not in.
Burns slaps a shot that Quick saves with his glove with 1:12 left.
Now San Jose’s James Sheppard commits a roughing penalty on Mike Richards, the Kings getting the power play with 6:24 remaining. Sharks really up against it here.
Lewis had a good chance close to the goal, a Sharks’ stick thwarting his try.
Two full minutes tick away from the visitors.
Muzzin sent a blue-line shot at Niemi just before the power play dies.
Niemi makes a save.
With 9:34 left, Anze Kopitar tripped Thornton, penalty and Sharks power play coming.
San Jose has only managed two shots in the prior two power plays.
Boyle fires from the blue line, never gets to Quick.
Justin Williams rips a shot off Niemi and Dustin Brown slams into Niemi. The goalie is down briefly, gets equipment on his right leg repaired, as Sharks Coach Todd Mclellan asks referee about incident, when it appeared a Sharks player pushed Brown into Niemi.
The Sharks’ power play is dead.
The Kings’ Trevor Lewis just hit the post with a shot.
Burns has been a Sharks’ tough guy, with five hits tonight.
Quick is a victory away from being the MVP of this series as the clock ticks under 12 minutes.
The Kings are making crisp passes, working in a good shot as the Sharks so anxiously press for a goal.
Doughty delivers a hit. A Dan Boyle deflected shot nearly gets past Quick, nice save.
Less than 10 minutes remain.
The Kings have out-shot the Sharks 21-12, definitely holding court here.
San Jose’s Burns fires a cannon shot at Quick, it doesn’t get past him, and Thornton threatens but is kept out.
San Jose defenseman Matt Irwin rips a shot deflected out of play, the Sharks desperate to get within a goal.
Quick cleared a shot, but nearly right to a Sharks’ stick.
Icing on Kings with 14:40 left.
The Kings’ success is aided by the fact they’ve killed 15 of 16 power plays in the playoffs.
If Quick gets a win tonight, he’ll break the team record of 26 by Kelly Hrudey.
Kopitar gets a clear shot, can’t convert as the final period of regulation opens with the Kings in a continued power play.
Voynov collects a face-off pass, fires and scores for a 2-0 Kings’ lead less than a minute into third.
All the more sweet for the home team, the Kings’ Trevor Lewis beat Sharks captain Thornton on the face-off.
Mike Richards dishes a nice pass to Carter, who's denied.
End of second period: Kings 1, Sharks 0
On the goal, Kopitar was set up to Niemi’s right in front of the goal and followed a shot right into the net. Clifford and Scuderi assisted.
Burns tries a shot on Quick. Galiardi is called for interference, pushing Quick with 1:10 remaining.
The Kings are on the power play. Mike Richards tries a shot, can’t get it in. Time elapses.
Justin Williams of the Kings brings the puck down ice and makes a nice pass on goal. The Sharks rally back, Patrick Marleau pressuring Quick heavily with a shot and follow that stands as the Sharks’ toughest threat yet. Quick kept the puck out, but Kyle Clifford was called for a charging penalty with 8:41 left.
The Kings get a short-handed chance by captain Dustin Brown as he’s knocked to the ice, but Niemi spreads to stop it. Mike Richards interrupts another Sharks’ run.
Then, San Jose’s Jason Demers slams Regehr into the boards, getting a penalty with 6:36 left.
San Jose is maintaining its own toughness to kill this penalty, Marleau bringing the puck down ice, passing to Couture for a big shot that frightened the home fans.
Jeff Carter had an open shot on a wraparound at the 4:00 minute mark, but officials ruled it a no-goal on ice with Niemi defending. A review is pending.
Brad Richardson of the Kings tries a shot knocked down by a defenseman.
There’s a scuffle between the benches.
Voynov tries a good shot as the pressure builds.
Finally, Kopitar breaks through, scoring with 1:52 left in the period.