The Los Angeles Kings have taken a 2-0 lead in the
The Sharks can blame themselves for getting penalized twice in the late stages of the third period, giving the Kings a 5-on-3 advantage that they eventually converted.
San Jose defenseman
Here's a breakdown of the Game 2:
The Kings rushed down ice in a two on two, but winger
Hard shots by Doughty and fellow defenseman
The Kings then gained a two-man advantage when defenseman
Twenty-two seconds later, the Kings took a 4-3 lead when
The physical play of Game 2 continued in the third period, with
The scene was repeated seconds later down ice when Kings center Brad Richardson barreled into the Sharks’ net, with San Jose center
A Kopitar power-play shot from the left side of Sharks goalie
Kopitar went to the locker room for treatment in the first minute of the third period after getting struck in the face by the puck.
A replay confirmed the goal.
Forty-two seconds into the third period,
Kopitar was taken to the locker room for treatment. It appears the Kings will have to play several minutes with the score tied, 2-2, without Kopitar.
The defenseman blasted a hard shot past Kings goaltender
The attack on Quick resumed when center
Officials then called a penalty on Kings forward
Going to the third period, the Sharks own a 24-13 advantage in shots.
Stuart beat Quick to his right with 5:39 left in the period on the hard shot, which helped give the Sharks a 19-11 advantage in shots on goal for the game.
The Kings didn’t muster a threat, then committed a penalty of their own when defenseman
Wingels had a great scoring chance eight feet in front of
San Jose left wing
As Kings center Tyler Toffoli charged toward the San Jose goal,
A Kings shot deflected off the crossbar on the power play. A
At the period’s end, San Jose had outshot the Kings, 11-4, but remained scoreless after 80 minutes of the
Then, with 8:57 left in the first period, Kings center
The Kings then had a man advantage because Sharks winger
Richards had two good looks at the net, as did
The unassisted goal was Carter's fourth of the playoffs and 25th of his career in the postseason.
The Kings are seeking a 2-0 lead in the
Earlier Thursday, the Sharks learned Torres was suspended for the remainder of the series after the
Stoll, one of the Kings’ primary penalty killing forwards and a valued third-line center, likely sustained a
Brad Richardson was selected to replace for Stoll,.
"He's a pretty vocal guy," Kings captain Dustin Brown said of Stoll after the morning skate. "He's one of those rah-rah guys. Before the game and in between periods he's always chatting and talking. Again, it'll be a little different in here.
"It's very similar to when [Matt Greene] is not in here -- it's a little quieter, even more so with Jarret out."
Last season, Kings Coach Darryl Sutter made a reference to his often-muted team, saying: "They're all awesome quiet guys."
Without Stoll and Greene, the volume drops even more.
"It's just what they bring to the room," Brown said. "You can't ask guys to do that -- [change] all of sudden."
Check back after the puck drops at 7 o'clock for updates throughout the game.