Kings Too Quick for Sharks

5/29/13 in NHL   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

Lat year during the Kings epic run to the Stanley Cup, they did not once encounter a team that could stretch the series to a seventh game - and that was as an eighth seed. 

This year, after dismantling the St. Louis Blues in six games, the Kings were never able to steal a game in San Jose, but they held home ice and Jonathan Quick saved the day for LA late in the 3rd period with some phenomenal glove/body saves. 

May 28, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA;   Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) makes a save off San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) in the third period of game seven of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Staples Center. Kings won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY SportsThe Kings finished off their NorCal rivals in a thrilling series where the home team won each game. The final was 2-1 with Justin Williams putting both goals into the net for LA in a high-energy 2nd period. 

Both teams came out sluggish in the 1st with neither team creating much opportunity at net, but Williams got things started in the 2nd with his first goal on the power play, only to one-up himself three minutes later with a shot that flew by Antti Niemi to give the Kings a lead they would never relinquish. 

There is a different vibe to the Kings this time around. For starters, they held home ice in the West Semifinals, and that proved to be extremely vital. But there is one familiar face doing exactly what he did last season, and that's goaltender Jonathan Quick.

25 saves on a night where San Jose out-shot the Kings 26-18, Quick was just on his game. It seems as though that will not change soon either. 

Slava Voynov (2 assists) and Anze Kopitar helped lead the offensive fluidity during the Kings hot 2nd period, and on their way to the Western Conference Finals for the second straight year. 

They await the winner of Game 7 between Chicago and Detroit. 
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