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A lot on the line tonight.
Puck drops just after 8:00pm ET and can be viewed on NBCSN, TSN and RDS.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
It explains itself.
No matter how many you’ve played, it’s special unto itself.
“If you don’t get butterflies, there’s something wrong with you,” said Los Angeles Kings veteran Justin Williams, who is 3-0 in Game 7s in his career with seven points (3-4).
“But at the same time, control the butterflies, be calm, be confident; that’s how we aim to approach it,” Williams added after the morning skate at Staples Center.
continued with quotes from both teams...
On the franchise not having played in a Game 7 since 2002:
“Who cares? So should we have a major announcement tomorrow that we haven’t played a Game 7? [Reporter: Just wondering if there was anything extra that you need to say.] Not really, no.”
On the key to Game 7:
“I think probably for us would be to stay away from those penalties early. Other than that, I thought we played pretty well tonight.”
Darryl Sutter: Hi Ray.
Ray Ratto: How’d it going?
DS: Good, you?
RR: Can’t complain a whole lot.
DS: No sense bitching, right? Nobody’s going to listen to you. Good? Pierre, you done?
Pierre LeBrun: I missed all of it, so are you good?
PL: Was it good?
DS: Yeah, it was awesome. I found out during the press conference that we haven’t played a Game 7 since 2002. I can’t wait to get back there. It’s big for me.
more from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider, including video of the press conference...
Use this as an example on how to finish a game, courtesy of the San Jose Sharks last night...
The 2-1 victory by San Jose means the Sharks and Kings will play a winner take all game on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Puck drops just after 9:00pm ET and should be a game that can't be missed
The San Jose Jose Sharks have an opportunity to force a game 7 In LA Tuesday by defeating the Kings tonight.
Will it happen or will the Kings advance to the Western Conference Finals tonight and await the winner of the Chicago/Detroit series?
Discuss the game below or anything NHL related.
The game starts just after 8:00pm ET on NBCSN, TSN and RDS.
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
Kings defenseman Drew Doughty scoffed at the notion, put forth by Sharks forward TJ Galiardi, that goalie Jonathan Quick engages in “a little embellishment.”
Doughty stood up for his goalie Quick, a spirited defense, and then said the San Jose player is a noted diver. He took issue with the comments and said they went beyond the usual playoff back-and-forth.
“It’s not even playoff talk,” Doughty told The Times after Thursday’s morning skate before Game 5. “It’s just funny to even hear that from a guy who is the biggest diver on their team. Like it’s just ridiculous he can even say that, to be honest.
“But I don’t want to get involved in that stuff. I don’t think you have to watch many (Sharks’ games). You can just watch three of his shifts and you’ll see how many times he dives. There’s been times where even the refs are telling him, just get up, because he’s diving so often.”
By Matthew Feuerman of TiqIQ,
It was close late in Game 3, but in the end, Antti Niemi got it done for the San Jose Sharks. The veteran goalkeeper stopped 22 of 23 stops en route to a clutch victory for the Sharks, their second in a row.
It was also the second straight game where Niemi was near unbeatable. In games three and four he allowed only two goals combined, and give his team a decisive advantage on the ice. Niemi has posted a stellar 1.93 Goals Against Average this postseason.
from Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea,
We are not expecting a Gary Bettman sighting for Game 4 of the Los Angeles Kings-San Jose Sharks series Tuesday night. Or for Game 5 on Thursday, and probably not Game 6 on Sunday, either. And maybe not even for Game 7, either. We remain hopeful for Game 8, though.
Too bad, too. The one time the Bay Area would actually like to see him, he’ll find himself too busy tending to the three series that haven’t been designated as undercards.
And yes, this is still the undercard for whatever other series there is, because that’s the way the sport has always operated. Like the Stanley Cup itself, it is a series of rings, and the further away from the center you get, the less intriguing you are.
Yes, the Sharks are playing the defending Stanley Cup champions in a series that has had enough of everything yet not so much that people aren’t willing to watch more. But they are not members of the Original Six, like Chicago and Detroit and New York and Boston. They do not have Sidney Crosby, like Pittsburgh. And they do not have Canada, like Ottawa.
from Eric Gilmore at NHL.com,
San Jose Sharks forward Bracken Kearns already had played for seven different minor-league teams over six-plus seasons before he made his NHL debut, Oct. 20, 2011, as a member of the Florida Panthers.
Kearns turned 32 two days before making his Stanley Cup Playoff debut, May 14 for the Sharks, in Game 1 of their Western Conference Semifinals against the Los Angeles Kings.
If the Sharks gave out awards for Most Patient Player, it undoubtedly would go to Kearns, the son of former Vancouver Canucks defenseman Dennis Kearns.
"My dad's first year in the NHL, he was 26 and he played 10 years," Kearns said. "He was a bit of a late-bloomer. He always told me in this game you need somebody to like you, a GM or a coach. Sometimes you have to go through people who aren't really big on you until you find the right situation, and this organization's been really good to me."
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