San Jose Sharks Dominate LA Kings, Take 2-0 Series Lead

in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on April 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

The San Jose Sharks once again outplayed the Los Angeles Kings, taking a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup playoff series.

The Sharks performed better on the road during the regular season with 28 wins. The two teams hit it out on the ice, but the Sharks managed to outwit Kings star goalie Jonathan Quick.

Joe Pavelski scored the first goal of the game on the Sharks’ first shot of the game.

“That was one of the better starts we’ve had against this team,” he told the media. “When you score first it’s always good. It’s good to see guys really push for another one. A lot of the lines were creating chances and we drew a lot of penalties along the way. It was good and we let our momentum carry us through.”

The game continued downhill for the Kings into the second period when penalties from Tyler Toffoli and Milan Lucic gave the Sharks a 5 on 3 for two minutes. The Sharks drew Quick out of the net and shot the puck into the empty net.

The Kings upped the pressure in the third period with 13 shots, but only managed one goal with five minutes left in the period.

The series heads back to San Jose. The Sharks played well on the road, but they had an 18-20-3 record at the shark tank. The Kings know this and know they need to prepare mentally.

“They’re doing their part and we’re not doing our part,” stated Kings center Anze Kopitar. “When we get on the plane [to San Jose on Sunday afternoon], we’ve got to get it in our heads that we have got to play better. We will play better.”

They will play Game 3 on Monday night at 10:30 p.m. Eastern.