Western Semi Final, Game 4: Kings Lose 2-1, Series tied 2-2
SAN JOSE – Determined to carry over their momentum from Game 3, the San Jose Sharks came out of the gate swinging for the fences in Game 4. They outshot the Los Angeles Kings 15-3 in the opening period with a Brent Burns slapshot resulting in their only goal. But it was still enough to give them a lead through 20 minutes.
In the second, the Sharks added to their lead as the overtime hero of Game 3, Logan Couture, scored a power play goal with just under four minutes into the second.
While the Kings did have more opportunities in the second, there weren’t able to solve Antti Niemi.
In the third, it was Los Angeles’s turn to come out swinging as they outshot the Sharks 14-2. Mike Richardshelped the cause by scoring on the power play to cut the lead in half.
While the Kings kept pushing to tie, however, Niemi only stepped up his game as the silver-and-black just could not get the equalizer as they lost their second-straight against a San Jose team who remains undefeated on home ice in the playoffs.
For the Kings, the effort is certainly there but the results are not. Heading back to Staples Center on Thursday night for Game 5, the Kings will hope for a rebound performance as they will most likely look at Game 5 as a must-win.
Jonathan Quick continues to play outstanding as does the Kings’ defensemen but it will be the offense who will need to step up their games a notch or two should Los Angeles hope to turn the momentum back in their favour.