Kings Too Quick for Sharks
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.
The 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.