LOS ANGELES 2, SAN JOSE 1; LA wins 4-3
Justin Williams scored a pair of second-period goals and Jonathan Quick made 25 saves – none bigger than his stop on Joe Pavelski late in the third – to lead the Kings back to the Western Conference Final.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Including Tuesday, teams that score first are 110-38 (.743) all-time in Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (4‑0 this year). Home teams are 89-59 (.601) all-time in Game 7s, including a 2-2 record this year. (Elias)
The Kings-Sharks series was the first in NHL history in which the home team both scored first and won each game. It also marked the ninth time in League history that the home team won all seven games (last such instance was the 2003 Stanley Cup Final). (Elias)
Los Angeles forward Justin Williams has played in four Game 7s in his NHL career (4-0) and has scored at least one goal in each of them (also for Philadelphia vs. Toronto in 2003, and for Carolina vs. Buffalo and Edmonton in 2006). He is the first player in League history to score goals in each of his first four Game 7s; the only other player to do that at any point in his career was Jeff Friesen from 2000 to 2006. Overall, Williams has 5-4—9, including two game-winning goals, in his four Game 7 appearances. (Elias)
QUICK SHINES AGAIN
Reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Quick has stopped 362 of the 382 shots he’s faced this postseason and leads the NHL in goals-against average (1.50), save percentage (.948) and shutouts (3). Those numbers are even better at home, where Quick is a perfect 7-0 with a 1.14 goals-against average, .958 save percentage and three shutouts.
Eleven of the Kings’ 13 playoff games have been decided by one goal (6-5). Overall, 39 of the 70 games contested this postseason (55.7%) have featured one-goal margins.
The Kings have won a franchise-record seven consecutive home games this postseason (eight including last year) and 14 straight games at STAPLES Center dating to the regular season.
Los Angeles hasn’t allowed more than three goals in any of its past 33 playoff games, an NHL record.
The Kings-Sharks series featured just the second all-California Game 7 in NHL history. The Kings also won the only other such instance when they defeated the Oakland Seals by a 5-3 margin in the 1969 Quarterfinals. (ESPN Stats & Info)
San Jose forward Scott Gomez played in his 10th career Game 7 (6-4), tied for the most among active players with Martin Brodeur, Zdeno Chara and Andrew Ference. (Elias)
BREAKING THE MOLD
The last four defending Stanley Cup champions have been eliminated from the playoffs via a Game 7 defeat, three of which have come on home ice:
2012 Bruins – Lost in overtime of Game 7 vs. Washington (ECQ)
2011 Blackhawks – Lost in overtime of Game 7 at Vancouver (WCQ)
2010 Penguins – Lost Game 7 vs. Montreal (ECS)
2009 Red Wings – Lost Game 7 vs. Pittsburgh (SCF)
DID YOU KNOW?
The five teams remaining in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs are the past five Stanley Cup champions.
The Kings improved to 4-4 all-time in Game 7s, including a 2-1 record at home. The Sharks fell to 5-3 all-time in Game 7s, including a 3-3 mark as visitors . . . The Kings have played in a League-high 33 playoff games over the past two years; they played a total of 28 postseason games from 1994 to 2009 . . . San Jose defenseman Dan Boylescored the team’s lone goal, his third of the playoffs . . . Los Angeles defenseman Slava Voynov collected two assists; he had just one helper in his first 12 games this postseason . . . Celebrities Tom Cruise, David Beckham and Justin Bieber attended Game 7 between Los Angeles and San Jose . . . Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood was outfitted for Game 7 between Chicago and Detroit.
SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY’S ACTION
Detroit @ Chicago, Game 7, series tied 3-3, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS
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