The first period saw intense action, as both teams knew the winner of tonight’s game would mean an opportunity for advancement or going home. A high sticking call midway through the first period by Joe Thornton, gave the Kings their first power play of the game. The advantage would be cut short when Jeff Carter was assessed a high sticking penalty of his own, less than 20 seconds later. The first period was scoreless, as both teams worked to find a way to get the puck to the net.
Justin Williams gave the Kings their first and second goals of the game in the second period. Beginning with a power play goal, at 4:11 into the second period, followed three minutes later by another goal to put the Kings up 2-0. Williams’ first goal was the King’s first shot on goal for over 15 minutes. The second goal came as Anze Kopitar fed a pass from the left side that Williams hammered home past Antti Niemi.
A blocked opportunity by Niemi kept Williams from scoring a one-timer and the ultimate hat trick later in the period. Niemi shut down the Kings for the remainder of the period.
The third period with 14:34 left in the period, Dan Boyle scored for the Sharks closing the gap to one, quieting the Staples Center. Niemi was pulled for an extra skater, with only 1:19 remaining, but the Sharks just could not solve Quick, leaving the Kings to win the game with a final score of 2-1.
Despite leading 26-18 shots on goal, it was Quick that came up with some tremendous saves that really made the difference in this game.
The sharks have played to game 7 for their eighth time, but just couldn’t come out on top. The Kings will advance to the Western Conference Finals and will face the winner of the Blackhawks versus Detroit series that is due to finish on Wednesday.