Home ice advantage has always been huge for LA Kings and we have no reasons to expect anything different from the series against San Jose. The Sharks were trailing by two victories to one, but if they play with the same dedication they did in game three, they have an excellent chance of advancing.
Bet: LA Kings
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San Jose sent 40 shots at the opponents net, with only two of them getting past Jonathan Quick and they also needed the overtime to seal the deal. The Sharks have swept the Canucks in the first series but their fans were frightened by the prospect of suffering the same fate after their divisional rivals won both home games. The Kings were outstanding at home and scored six goals in two games, but both their victories were the result of a third-period rally that caught San Jose offguard.
Antti Niemi rose to the challenge at HP Pavilion and deflected an avalanche of shots sent by the visitors in the third period and over time. Thornton and Marleau didn’t impress in regulation time, but their contribution came at the best possible moment. The two veterans assisted Logan Couture in the second minute of overtime, as he scored the game-winning goal that kept the Sharks alive. The hosts had superiority on the ice on four occasions, as the Kings served a massive 22 minutes of penalty.
LA Kings needs to play aggressively without resorting to slashing, checking from behind and other techniques that could bring them penalty minutes. If they don’t provide the visitors with the chance of improving their power-play percentage, they should come one step closer to retaining their Stanley Cup.