The San Jose Sharks needed a crucial win in Game 4 on Wednesday night on home ice, and they got it. Judging from their record in the regular season for their second-game-at-home-from-a-road-trip, it shouldn’t have really been much of a surprise that the Sharks were able to handle the Los Angeles Kings as well as they did in the first two periods. Yes, I do specify the first two periods, because the Kings did give the team and their fans a good scare in the third before the Sharks came out with a 3-2 win.
It started with a scoreless first period where the Sharks had a plethora of chances that didn’t show on the scoreboard. They led the shot counter 11-8.
The party started in the second period when the Sharks converted on two power plays, remedying the power play failures in Game 3. First, it was a Brent Burns (assist: Joel Ward, Marc-Eduoard Vlasic) blast off a nice feed by Joel Ward that made it 1-0 San Jose early in the period. Then another power play goal by Joe Pavelski (Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau) that made it 2-0 at the 9:21 mark.
A third power play goal came just 1:40 into the third period with Patrick Marleau (assists: Logan Couture, Brent Burns) putting it past Quick to make it 3-0. But then the Kings came back a minute later, with Trevor Lewis (assists: Luke Schenn, Kris Versteeg) cutting the Sharks’ lead to 3-1. Luke Schenn (assists: Anze Kopitar, Marian Gaborik) would continue to help mount the comeback, putting LA within reach at 3-2, but it would be too little too late, as Martin Jones as the Sharks defense would help shut the door the rest of the way in a hard-fought, tight ending to yet another great game against the Kings.
With last night’s win, the Sharks lead the series 3-1, and have the Kings on the brink of elimination. Sure, I would have liked the Sharks to win by a bigger lead and not have it cut so much, but this is the Los Angeles Kings we’re talking about. This is a team that’s won two Stanley Cups for a reason. That being said, this is definitely going to set up the hardest, most important game for both clubs in Game 5 on Friday.
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