NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Los Angeles|
(Thursday, April 24th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 6, San Jose 3
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Marian Gaborik and Justin Williams each
scored twice, Jonathan Quick stopped 36 shots and the Los Angeles Kings
avoided a sweep with a 6-3 triumph over the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of their
Western Conference quarterfinal series.
The game was tied 2-2 in the second before Williams and Tyler Toffoli tallied
2:54 apart late in the frame to send the Kings into the third with a 4-2 lead.
Gaborik scored his second of the night 34 seconds into the third, and Quick,
despite giving up a power-play goal to Joe Pavelski at 11:36, made enough
saves down the stretch to extend Los Angeles' season.
Dustin Brown added an empty-netter with 1:28 remaining to account for the
"We're certainly happy we got the win but we feel we have a long road to go
obviously," Williams said. "You're happy to play in the playoffs but you want
to excel in the playoffs and we haven't been able to do that so far in this
series. We're trying to push it game by game and win one more next game."
James Sheppard and Matt Nieto each scored once for the Sharks, who still hold
a 3-1 series lead and will take their second stab at closing out the Kings
when they host Game 5 on Saturday.
Antti Niemi allowed five goals on 26 shots before being pulled early in the
third in favor of Alex Stalock, who made four saves in relief.
"We didn't execute anywhere near the way they did," San Jose head coach Todd
McLellan said. "When we go back to the goals it's quite easy to pinpoint some
of the mistakes that we made and for us to have success moving forward, that
has to get cleaned up quickly."
Nieto netted his second of the series 8:25 into the second to tie the game at
2-2, but the Kings scored the game's next three goals, starting with Williams'
second of the night at 16:07.
The LA winger showed off some slick hand-eye coordination to break the tie, as
Willie Mitchell's left point blast missed wide and caromed off the end boards
to the low left side, where Williams swatted it out of midair for a 3-2 lead.
Toffoli doubled the lead with 58.8 ticks left in the second when he picked up
a blocked shot in the left circle and ripped it past Niemi's right pad to make
Gaborik beat Niemi blocker side with a wicked wrister from the right circle 34
seconds into the third, extending LA's lead to 5-2.
Pavelski swatted home a rebound amid a scrum in front with the Sharks on the
power play at 11:36 of the third, but San Jose failed to get anything else
past Quick the rest of the way.
Tempers flared shortly after Brown's empty-netter, as Williams and teammate
Robyn Regehr, along with San Jose's Justin Braun and Brent Burns, all received
fighting majors in the final minute.
Early on, Gaborik gave the Kings a 1-0 lead just over four minutes in when he
stuffed in a rebound off a Brown shot at 4:08.
The Sharks answered with just 7.3 seconds left in the opening frame, as Quick
fought off Scott Hannan's one-timer, only the see Sheppard swat the rebound
out of midair and into the back of the net to tie the game at 1-1.
Williams snuck a shot under Niemi's pads from the right circle with LA on the
power play 3:52 into the second, but Nieto put home a rebound at 8:25 to even
The Kings are now 11-1-1 in the last 13 meetings versus San Jose at Staples
Center ... Gaborik and Williams each recorded their second career two-goal
games in the playoffs ... San Jose went 1-for-4 on the power play ... San
Jose's Patrick Marleau supplied two assists.
04/25 02:32:18 ET