Sharks have Kings on ropes

The Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif.—Given another chance to win a playoff game with their power play, the San Jose Sharks did just that by getting goals instead of just generating chances.
And with their third win in four games, the Sharks now have another chance to close out the L.A. Kings in a first-round series.
Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski scored power-play goals in the second period as the Sharks again moved to the brink of eliminating the Kings from the playoffs with a 3-2 victory last night in Game 4 of their first-round series.
Patrick Marleau added a power-play goal in the third period as the Sharks scored three times with the man advantage two nights after an 0-for-5 performance in a 2-1 overtime loss.
“For us, we’ll get goals if we’re doing the right things,” said Burns.
“Last game, it didn’t happen and to a man, we felt that it cost us the game,” he noted.
“It was great to come back and make a difference tonight.”
Martin Jones made 26 saves against his former team to put San Jose up 3-1 in the series heading into Game 5 tomorrow night in L.A.
But knocking the Kings out is never easy. The Sharks blew a 3-0 series lead to L.A. in the first round two years ago—becoming just the fourth NHL team ever to lose a best-of-seven series after winning the first three games.
“They don’t quit,” Sharks’ forward Logan Couture said of the Kings. “We respect that about them.
“No matter the score, they’re going to continue to push,” he noted. “That has something to do with their coaching staff all the way down to the last player on their team. . . .
“They’ve won championships for a reason.”
Trevor Lewis and Luke Schenn scored while Jonathan Quick made 26 saves for the Kings. But L.A. was done in by San Jose’s potent power play after shutting that unit down in Game 3.
Kings’ coach Darryl Sutter described the first three games as a “power-play series,” and was proved prophetic with the way Game 4 went.
The Sharks converted on their first two chances with the man advantage and stopped L.A. from taking control of the game.
“Their power play generated great opportunities and our power play didn’t,” Sutter said.
“We couldn’t cash in.”
“Our PK just wasn’t there tonight,” agreed Kings’ forward Dwight King.
“They had so many looks.
“That group has been together for five years,” he noted. “They are so familiar with each other.
“We have to bear down.”
L.A. got back in the game with two goals in less than five minutes thanks to point shots from Schenn.
The first was deflected by Lewis for a goal while the second went through a screen to beat Jones.
But the Sharks managed to hold on for the final 13:16, including a tense final minute that featured three blocked shots.
“It felt like the last minute of a basketball game,” said Joel Ward. “It was just a lot of stoppages of play, a lot of whistles.
“You’ve got to stay in the moment as best you can.”
Elsewhere, Dallas nipped Minnesota 3-2 to lead that series 3-1, Philadelphia edged Washington 2-1 to trail 3-1, and Florida shaded the N.Y. Islanders 2-1 to even their series at 2-2.