Game notes: Sharks vs. Kings, Game 3


Game notes: Sharks vs. Kings, Game 3

April 19, 2011

By Kevin Kurz

Series tied 1-1
Starting Goalies

Jonathan Quick has outplayed Antti Niemi to this point, and the numbers reflect that. Quick has a 1.34 goals against average and .962 save percentage, while Niemis Game 2 struggles give him a 2.68 and .897 statline. Quick has benefited from a better defense, though, and the Sharks defenders have to do a better job of allowing Niemi to see the puck on shots from the point or block them at the point of contact.
Previous games

An evenly played Game 1 in which Joe Pavelskis overtime goal was the difference, was followed by a dominant performance by Los Angeles in Saturday nights 4-0 Game 2 Kings win. Drew Doughtys four-point night paced Los Angeles.

The series now shifts to Los Angeles, where the Sharks were 1-0-2 this season and scored just six combined goals in the three games.

Roster watch

It looks like the Sharks will get Ian White back for Game 3 after he had to sit out Saturday with the dreaded upper body injury. Los Angeles will have forward Jarret Stoll back from a one-game suspension levied upon him for hitting White into the boards from behind.

In news that wont have any impact on the game, Sharks rookie forward Logan Couture was named as a Calder Trophy finalist earlier in the day.

Whos hot?

Doughtys career night was the big story in Game 2, as he scored twice and added two assists. Quick is leading the league in save percentage through two games.

On the San Jose side, Ryane Clowe has three assists to lead the team in points, but no one has more than a single point otherwise.


The annual search for Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau in a first round playoff series is well underway. The players who make up two-thirds of the teams top scoring line are both without a point. Devin Setoguchi, the final cog in that line, has also not found the scoresheet. At some point these guys, who are a combined -5, will have to put the puck in the net.

The Sharks are also losing the special teams battle. They are 0-for-7 with the man advantage through two games, and have allowed three power play goals to Los Angeles.

The Kings seem intent on out-working the Sharks, especially after many had written them off when leading scorer Anze Kopitar went down with a leg injury. Whether or not the Sharks can match their intensity the rest of the series will be paramount.

Sound off

San Jose is one of just two NHL teams to have seven 20-goal scorers on its roster. That being said, can the Sharks win the series if their top line fails to produce?

How Cubs beat Kershaw to move on to World Series

How Cubs beat Kershaw to move on to World Series

Two quick runs off the best pitcher on the planet on Saturday night afforded the Cubs exactly what they needed to snap a 71-year-old drought.

Already confident after consecutive offensive outbursts in the previous two games, a two-run first inning against Clayton Kershaw had Cubs hitters in a positive frame of mind.

They rode the surprising rally and a dominant performance by Kyle Hendricks to a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. The win earned the Cubs their first NL pennant since 1945 and on Tuesday night they’ll seek their first World Series title since 1908 when they face the Cleveland Indians in Game 1.

“It’s huge for the confidence, the positive momentum from LA, to carry over back home,” left fielder Ben Zobrist said. “Those were the biggest moments in the game early on to help everybody keep pushing and that we got this thing -- that we’re in charge of the game early. That’s a huge momentum builder.”

The Cubs did a little bit of everything in the first inning against Kershaw, who dominated them for seven scoreless frames in a 1-0 Dodgers victory in Game 2 on Sunday night. Some hitters took a more aggressive approach against the three-time NL Cy Young winner while others remained patient. The one constant throughout the 30-pitch frame was that Cubs hitters took advantage whenever Kershaw made a mistake.


Smith leads Chiefs in nail biter over Saints


Smith leads Chiefs in nail biter over Saints


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes in another efficient outing, Daniel Sorensen returned an interception of Drew Brees for another touchdown and the Kansas City Chiefs held off the mistake-prone New Orleans Saints 27-21 on Sunday.

Spencer Ware ran for 77 yards to go with his 46-yard touchdown reception, and Tyreek Hill made an acrobat 38-yard TD catch to help the Chiefs (4-2) win their ninth straight at home.

Brees got the Saints (2-4) within 24-21 with his touchdown pass to Brandon Coleman with 2:33 left, but the ensuing onside kick went out of bounds. Kansas City added a 41-yard field goal, and the Saints could do nothing in the final 28 seconds to change the outcome.

Brees finished with 367 yards and three TD passes, but much of that offense came while he was trying to rally the Saints. It was actually another uneven performance away from the Superdome for the star quarterback, who was coming off a 465-yard game last week against Carolina.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs showed some mettle after falling into an early 7-0 hole. Ware's touchdown on a screen pass and Sorensen's pick-six off a batted ball quickly turned the momentum, and Hill added his long touchdown reception to make it 21-7 at the break.

The Saints drew within a touchdown on Mark Ingram's catch midway through the third quarter, but the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner fumbled inside the Kansas City 10 with 8:26 left in the game and the Chiefs leading 24-14.

New Orleans got the ball back and eventually scored, but the wasted time proved costly.


The Saints struggled with the crowd noise in Arrowhead Stadium, getting flagged for four false starts and a delay of game. They also got hit with two unnecessary roughness penalties, including one with just over two minutes left that kept them from getting the ball back.


The Chiefs' Andy Reid coached his 300th game Sunday. Most of those were over his 14 seasons in Philadelphia, where he was 140-102-1. He is now 36-21 in his fourth season in Kansas City.


Saints: LB Dannell Ellerbe (quad), LB Stephone Anthony (hamstring) and CB Delvin Breaux (broken leg) left New Orleans without three defensive starters, while starting LG Andrus Peat (groin) was also out. Backup LG Senio Kelemete later left with a stinger, forcing Tim Lelito into the lineup.

Chiefs: Starting CB Phillip Gaines (knee) was inactive, while RB Jamaal Charles (knee swelling) was active in a limited role. He had just one carry early in the game.