Sharks take 2-0 series lead with 7-2 win vs. Kings

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 21, 2014 at 2:23 am •  Published: April 21, 2014
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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The only similarity in the rematch of a tightly played seven-game series between Los Angeles and San Jose is that the home team keeps winning.

What's drastically different is that Jonathan Quick and the normally air-tight Kings defense is giving up goals at a staggering pace.

Fourth-liners Mike Brown and Raffi Torres scored second-period goals to erase an early two-goal deficit and the Sharks shredded Quick for a second straight game, beating the Kings 7-2 Sunday night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

"I don't think that this series is going to play out in blowouts like this, night after night," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "They're a very good hockey club. They'll find their game and they are going to push us. We have to be prepared for that."

Justin Braun, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture and Joe Thornton also scored for the Sharks, who overcame a two-goal deficit after the first period of a playoff game for just the third time in 26 tries in franchise history. Antti Niemi made 24 saves.

The Sharks matched a franchise playoff record with seven goals in a game and have 13 goals through two games after managing just 10 in a seven-game loss to Quick and the Kings last year.

"He's probably the best goalie in the league, so to do that two games in a row, it's an oddity," Thornton said. "We've been working hard for our goals and the fourth line got this game back in our grip for us, but scoring seven ... just a weird night."

Jake Muzzin and Trevor Lewis scored first-period goals before Quick allowed seven goals in the final two periods. Los Angeles heads home for Game 3 on Tuesday looking to get back into this series.

The Kings can take comfort in the fact that the home team has won 18 of the previous 19 games between these teams, including nine straight in the playoffs.

Los Angeles also overcame a 2-0 deficit in the first round against St. Louis last year, but those were one-goal games, not blowouts.

"If we're not playing the way we're supposed to, having the coverage we're supposed to then those types of things are going to happen," defenseman Robyn Regehr said. "We've really got to clean that up in a hurry."