The Kings then were hit with a tripping penalty against Jeff Carter with 12:08 left in the first period. Quick knocked down a Patrick Marleau shot. Pavelski’s shot was clipped by the Kings’ Brad Richardson, letting the Kings successfully killed off the power play.
Seconds later, with 9:52 left in the period, Toffoli intercepted a pass and fired a backhanded wrist shot past San Jose goalie Antti Niemi to make it 1-1.
The Sharks are hopeful to get a first goal from captain Joe Thornton, with just one assist in the series, and Joe Pavelski, whod oesn't have a point in the series, as Game 3 is underway.
Thornton told NBC Sports he informed his team it needs to “work as hard as you can” tonight.
Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin picked up a quick penalty 90 seconds into the game for flipping the puck over the glass, and Thornton then shielded Kings goalie Jonathan Quick as Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle fired a shot past Quick for a 1-0 lead six seconds later.
The Kings look to take a commanding 3-0 series lead over the San Jose Sharks tonight at HP Pavilion, and The Times will provide live updates throughout the Western Conference semifinal playoff game that begins soon in San Jose.
The defending Stanley Cup champions stunned the Sharks Thursday night at Staples Center, as Dustin Brown and Trevor Lewis scored power-play goals within a 22-second span in the game’s final two minutes to claim a 4-3 victory.
Right after the loss, Sharks captain Joe Thornton said hopefully he believed his teammates would need just 10 minutes to set aside the demoralizing loss as they return to home ice.
San Jose was 17-2-5 at home during the regular sseason and eliminated third-seeded Vancouver in four games with two more home victories.
The Times’ Helene Elliott reported earlier in San Jose Saturday that Sharks forward Joe Pavelski said, “We know we have to take care of business at home. We need this one. This is the one we need right now and it’s the only one that matters because that is a huge difference.”
Pavelski said the Kings’ late rally Thursday “was a tough loss. But you rebound. You understand it’s a series. It’s the playoffs. Just because it’s a tough loss doesn’t mean we’re not going to come ready to work. And that’s been our main focus down the stretch: establish our work ethic and compete and skate, do all those little hard things that make you successful.”
Pavelski said the Sharks did a number of things right in Game 2 that they hope to continue.
“We went to the net pretty hard and aggressive and guys shot the puck hard and we found some holes that way,” he said. “And second chances went in for us. Those were some of the good areas. Faceoffs were good, too.”
The Sharks won 44 of 65 faceoffs, or 68%, in Game 2.
Veteran defenseman Dan Boyle noted that the Kings had rallied from an 0-2 deficit to win their first-round series against the St. Louis Blues, so a comeback by the Sharks in this series is not being dismissed.
“I think for the first two games we’ve done a lot of good things," Boyle said. "Aside from winning, I think our effort’s been pretty good. Our battle level, everything’s been pretty good."