Wednesday, May 29, 2013

L.A Kings advance to Western Conference Finals

The LA Kings held the San Jose Sharks off last night during their critical Game 7 of the series.  Thankfully the game was won in regulation and not in quadruple over time like NBC Sports Network Studio analyst Keith Jones predicted.  In this series the team that has been able to score first goal was the team that won the game and there was no acceptation to that last night.  For the first time in this series the Sharks took the first penalty but it was quickly followed by a penalty from the Kings which lead to 4 on 4 play, during a scoreless first period.  Both teams were pushing the pace last night, getting off to a great start with scoring opportunities in the offensive zones on both ends of the ice.  The Kings opened up scoring in the second period on the power play by Justin Williams.  Williams again scored during an odd man rush, and claimed a 2-0 lead over the Sharks.  The Kings had taken advantage of a bad line change and mistakes that the Sharks were making to gain a 2 point lead.  The Sharks had held the Kings shot opportunities to just 3 during the first period but in the second period the Kings were out shooting the Sharks 7-11. The Sharks re-surged during the 3rd period, out shooting the Kings 13- 4.  Dan Boyle cut the Kings lead in half with his shot that beat Jonathan Quick to the net.  The Sharks just could not find a way to beat Quick despite out shooting the Kings in the third period.  Quick had an outstanding performance in Game 7 and was a major key to the Kings victory. The LA Kings will move on to the Western Conference finals and play the winner of the Detroit Red Wings v. Chicago Blackhawks match-up, who will play their Game 7 tonight in Chicago.

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