Complete – March 28, 2016 – 10:00 PM ET – SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California – Attendance: 17,066 – Duration: 2 Hours, 29 Minutes
Linesman #73 Vaughan Rody
Linesman #58 Ryan Gibbons
Referee #46 Francis Charron
Referee #4 Wes McCauley
Skater Stats
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LWDwight King00000-1017:02
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LWKyle Clifford20000-159:10
LWAndy Andreoff10000-108:52
CAnze Kopitar100000021:54
CJeff Carter60000-1219:34
CTyler Toffoli301000018:44
CVincent Lecavalier22010-1014:29
CTrevor Lewis50000-2012:13
CNic Dowd00000-109:18
CNick Shore00000000:00
RWDustin Brown10000-1017:14
RWKris Versteeg00000000:00
DDrew Doughty200000027:10
DJake Muzzin10000-3022:26
DBrayden McNabb301000221:46
DAlec Martinez00100-1019:45
DLuke Schenn20000-1014:40
DRob Scuderi100000012:57
DJamie McBain00000000:00
Skater Stats
LWPatrick Marleau400001015:42
LWMatt Nieto00000000:00
CJoe Pavelski302001019:09
CLogan Couture200001018:56
CJoe Thornton311101217:26
CTomas Hertl200001215:53
CTommy Wingels202003012:58
CMelker Karlsson211002012:51
CChris Tierney000000012:46
CDainius Zubrus001001012:41
CMicheal Haley10000057:30
CNick Spaling00000000:00
RWJoel Ward00000-1016:02
RWJoonas Donskoi10000-1014:52
DBrent Burns511000023:54
DJustin Braun220002221:18
DPaul Martin000000020:53
DDylan Demelo100002020:43
DRoman Polak001001015:58
DBrenden Dillon300001015:18
DMatt Tennyson00000000:00
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Goalie Stats
GJonathan Quick3042686.6757:47
GJhonas Enroth00000:00
Goalie Stats
GMartin Jones3223093.7559:58
GJames Reimer00000:00
Period 1
Penalty on Justin Braun: 2 minutes for Delay of game
Goal scored by Vincent Lecavalier (Power Play)
Assisted by: Alec Martinez and Brayden McNabb
Goal scored by Justin Braun
Penalty on Joe Thornton: 2 minutes for Tripping
Penalty on Brayden McNabb: 2 minutes for Holding
Period 2
Goal scored by Brent Burns
Assisted by: Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski
Penalty on Tomas Hertl: 2 minutes for Cross checking
Penalty on Kyle Clifford: 5 minutes for Fighting
Penalty on Micheal Haley: 5 minutes for Fighting
Goal scored by Vincent Lecavalier
Assisted by: Milan Lucic and Tyler Toffoli
Period 3
Penalty on Jeff Carter: 2 minutes for Hooking
Goal scored by Joe Thornton (Power Play)
Assisted by: Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns
Goal scored by Melker Karlsson
Assisted by: Tommy Wingels and Roman Polak
Goal scored by Justin Braun (Empty Net)
Assisted by: Dainius Zubrus
Sharks clinch playoff spot with win over Kings

SAN JOSE, Calif. — It took longer than they would have liked, but the Sharks finally clinched a playoff spot on their fourth try Monday.

Joe Thornton’s third-period, power-play goal broke a 2-2 tie and helped lift the Sharks (42-28-6) past the Los Angeles Kings 5-2 in front of 17,066 at SAP Center.

“It’s been awhile,” Thornton said of clinching for the 11th time in 12 seasons. “We’ve been playing some good hockey, but just haven’t clinched. To finally get that out of the way we’ll keep playing hard and stay healthy.”

The Kings (45-26-5) saw their lead in the Pacific Division trimmed to a single point, as the second-place Anaheim Ducks beat the Oilers in Edmonton.

“It was battle all night against them,” said forward Vincent Lecavalier, who scored both Los Angeles goals. “We wanted the points as much as they too. It doesn’t matter how big the game is for them, it was about us getting those two points but we didn’t get them.”

Thornton scored his 18th goal of the season at 4:28 of the third on a weakside putback of rebound left by Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick. San Jose’s Joe Pavelski redirected a Brent Burns drive on goal that Quick could not corral.

“We knew it was going to be tight, always is,” Sharks captain Joe Pavelski said. “It’s good to see the guys step on the gas. The power play had some good looks, and it’s good to see it break through.”

The goal was scored just 11 seconds into a hooking minor by Los Angeles forward Jeff Carter committed against San Jose’s Joonas Donskoi.

“They made a good play on their third goal,” Lecavalier said.

San Jose forward Melker Karlsson scored his 10th goal at 16:41 to increase the lead to 4-2. Defenseman Justin Braun scored his second goal of the game into an empty net with 19 seconds left.

Sharks goalie Martin Jones denied his former teammates by stopping 30 shots. Quick finished with 26 saves.

“We had so many opportunities to get goals we should have won the game,” Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. “We didn’t get that go-ahead goal, and Jones played well in the net for them.”

“That’s kind have been the story all year — we wanted to prove we belong in that category of teams,” Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. “We feel we do.”

The game was tied 2-2 after an action-packed second period, dominated late by the Kings’ unrelenting forecheck and stingy play in the neutral zone. That said, it took a miraculous paddle save and a fortuitous bounce of the crossbar to prevent Logan Couture’s drive with seconds left from slipping past Quick.

The Sharks took a 2-1 lead at 7:55 of the second. A one-time shot from Burns went in off a double deflection, first striking the shaft of Tomas Hertl’s stick then going off Pavelski, who collected his 36th goal.

“It didn’t think I even touched it,” Pavelski admitted. “I tried to get it changed.”

The Kings rallied when Lecavalier scored his second of the game at 15:43. Lecavalier dragged the puck to the right dot and worked his left-hand shot through defenseman Paul Martin and between the pads of Jones for his 10th goal of the season.

The Sharks rallied from down 1-0 to tie it before the first intermission. The Kings took seven of the first eight shots, but the Sharks had a 10-2 shot edge during the second half of the period.

Los Angeles broke on top by converting only its second power-play goal in 23 chances over 10 games. Lecavalier scored when his wrist shot from the right circle ramped up the stick of Burns and just inside the near post at 9:12.

The goal came on the Kings’ third shot during the 1:12 of five-on-four skating as a result of Braun’s delay-of-game minor.

San Jose struck back at 12:57 at even strength. The puck popped to Karlsson after Tommy Wingels won a battle on the boards. Karlsson fed Braun, who snapped a shot from the slot that beat a screened Quick for his first goal in 15 games and third of the season.

“We might see them in the playoffs,” Doughty said of the Sharks. “We showed them that we’ll be a tough match for them. These are the fun games, both teams are hard-checking and battling hard.”

NOTES: C Joe Thornton is San Jose’s nominee for the Masterton Trophy, symbolizing perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. C Vincent Lecavalier is Los Angeles’ nominee. Current Shark G James Reimer was nominated by Toronto, which dealt him at the NHL deadline. … San Jose LW Joonas Donskoi returned after missing one game with a lower-body injury. … D Marc-Edouard Vlasic, meanwhile, missed his sixth straight game and has yet to even resume skating since leaving the March 17 game. … Los Angeles RW Kris Versteeg (foot) did not accompany the team to San Jose and missed his fifth straight game. He did, however, skate on his own. D Jamie McBain and C Nick Shore were Los Angeles healthy scratches. … San Jose C Nick Spaling was a healthy scratch, missing his first game after playing 17 straight since his trade from Toronto. … The Kings host Calgary on Thursday, while the Sharks conclude a six-game homestand the same night against Vancouver.

Pavelski pushes Sharks to early advantage vs. Kings

LOS ANGELES — Joe Pavelski led the NHL with 11 game-winning goals. He wasted little time delivering one in the postseason in a Game 1 Western Conference quarterfinal win over the Los Angeles Kings.

Pavelski scored twice, including the go-ahead goal early in the third period, and the San Jose Sharks earned a 4-3 victory over the Kings on Thursday night at Staples Center.

Pavelski’s second goal of the game boosted the Sharks to their final margin 17 seconds into the third period. Brent Burns had a goal and assist for San Jose, while Joel Ward finished with two assists.

Pavelski said the Sharks felt comfortable being tied with the Kings heading into the final period.

“We feel confident. The biggest thing is that we stick to our guns,” the Sharks center said. “We keep throwing four lines out, and keep playing. We’ve really done a good job pressing, and not sitting back, whether we have the lead or we’re down, we’ve played the same way. That’s important; not getting too high, and just focus on what we need to do.”

Martin Jones, a former Kings backup, recorded 21 saves on 24 shots for San Jose. Jones faced several shots in the final minute as the Kings desperately tried to tie the score and force overtime, but he and the Sharks escaped any damage.

Pavelski was one of the main reasons the Sharks prevailed, coach Peter DeBoer said.

“He’s our captain for a reason,” DeBoer said. “He scores a lot of key goals, he leads the league in game-winning goals and he’s been clutch like that for us all season.”

Jonathan Quick stopped 19 of 23 shots for the Kings. However, too many mistakes cost Quick and the Kings.

“We lost the special team battles,” Kings center Anze Kopitar said. “We first and foremost took too many penalties. You just can’t give them too much momentum. We have to do a better job of staying out of the box, and that our mistakes don’t result in to goals against. Obviously, it’s not ideal to lose the first game, especially at home. We’ll correct a couple things, and we’ll get back at it on Saturday.”

Jake Muzzin put the Kings up 1-0, slapping a shot off the skate of Tomas Hertl and into the net at 2:53 of the first period.

However, after Kopitar was sent to the box for interference, Pavelski tied the score with a power-play goal by ripping a shot from the left circle on a pass from Burns at 6:25 of the first.

In the second period, San Jose grabbed a 2-1 lead on Burns’ goal at 6:50 on an assist from Ward.

The Kings quickly knotted the score when they got another fortuitous bounce. Jeff Carter fired a shot off the stick of Hertl, which ricocheted off the leg of Paul Martin and off the shoulder of Jones for a power-play goal at 7:30 of the second.

Trevor Lewis gave the Kings the lead again with an unassisted short-hander for a 3-2 edge with 2:42 remaining in the second. Lewis’ 10th career playoff goal marks the first short-handed goal scored by the Kings since Kopitar scored one May 22, 2012, vs. the Phoenix Coyotes.

However, the lead lasted just 30 seconds as Hertl corralled a loose puck and slipped it past Quick for a 3-3 tie with 2:12 left in the period.

“I think every goal is a big momentum swing back and forth,” Burns said. “I think that takes a lot of energy out of a team when you score right away. That was a big shift.”

Kings coach Darryl Sutter said the two teams are evenly matched, but the Sharks created more opportunities.

“It was a close game,” Sutter said. “There were a couple of face-off goals, and then it was center lost center on the winning goal.”

NOTES: The Sharks scratched C Dainius Zubrus, C Micheal Haley, D Dylan DeMelo and D Matt Tennyson. D Jamie McBain and C Nick Shore were unavailable for the Kings. … This is the fourth postseason clash between the two clubs in the past six years. The Kings have won two of three, with both wins coming in seven games in the previous two series. They prevailed in the 2013 Western Conference semifinals and the opening round in 2014, when they erased a 3-0 deficit. The Sharks beat the Kings in six games in the 2011 first round. … The Sharks captured three of the five regular-season meetings with both teams winning twice on visiting ice. … After Saturday’ s Game 2, the series shifts to San Jose for Games 3 and 4 on Monday and Wednesday. If there is a Game 5, it would be played April 22 at Staples Center.

Sharks 2, Kings 1

LOS ANGELES — Logan Couture’s goal in the second period was the difference, and the San Jose Sharks held on for a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night at Staples Center to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal at Staples Center.

Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist for the Sharks.

San Jose goaltender Martin Jones, a former King, who earned his first postseason decision in Game 1, stopped 27 of 28 shots.

Goalie Jonathan Quick recorded 21 saves on 23 shots for the Kings.

Game 3 is Monday at San Jose.

The Kings tried to rally late, getting a Vinny Lecavalier goal with 5:01 remaining in the third period. Lecavalier corralled a loose puck in front of the net and scored, but that was it for the Kings.

The Sharks, who owned the best road record in the NHL, have yet to lose at Staples this season. They claimed both regular-season matches in Los Angeles, scoring a 5-3 win on Dec. 22 and a 5-1 rout on Oct. 7. They have defeated Los Angeles in five of the seven contests this season.

Pavelski scored his third goal of the series, gathering a pass from Brent Burns and smoking a shot over the shoulder of Quick for a 1-0 edge at 3:37 of the first period.

The Sharks got a 5-on-3 opportunity in the second period and quickly took advantage of it. Thirty seconds after Tyler Toffoli and Lucic Milan were sent to the box for roughing and charging, respectively, Couture made it 2-0, rebounding a miss by Pavelski and burying a wrist shot for his first goal of the playoffs on a power play at 8:44 of the second.

Although the Sharks are in a commanding position, they surely haven’t forgotten their quarterfinal collapse against the Kings two years ago. In that series, the Sharks were up 3-0 before the Kings came charging back to win four straight to prevail in a stunning reversal of fortunes.

Kings right winger Marian Gaborik, who had not played since suffering a knee sprain Feb. 12 against the New York Rangers, returned. Gaborik had four shots in 13:19 of ice time.

A sellout crowd of 18,514 attended.

NOTES: Kings D Alec Martinez was scratched. Martinez, who suffered an undisclosed injury in Game 1, played less than two minutes and sat out the third period. His status for the rest of the series is unknown. Jamie McBain replaced him on the roster. … LW Kyle Clifford, C Andy Andreoff and D Kevin Gravel were also scratched by Los Angeles. C Dainius Zubrus, C Micheal Haley, D Dylan Demelo and D Matt Tennyson were unavailable for San Jose. … The Sharks won 32 of 59 faceoffs in Game 1. San Jose C Joe Thornton captured eight of nine. … Kings G Jonathan Quick is the franchise leader for wins and games played in the postseason. Quick has 45 wins and 76 games played.

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