After a 5-2 loss on Monday night at the SAP center, the San Jose Sharks sent a message to the Los Angeles Kings that they’re ready for the playoffs. San Jose clinched a playoff after the win as Joe Thornton’s third period power play goal proved to be the determining factor.
“Appropriately, we clinched a playoff spot with a game like that against a team like that,” Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer said. “That’s kind of been the story all year that we wanted to prove we belonged in that category of team. We feel we do.”
Vincent Lecavalier scored on a power play goal in the first period and another goal in the second period. Lecavalier scored a quick wrist shot that tied the game after Joe Pavelski scored the lead goal earlier in the period. The Kings loss placed them one point ahead of the rival Anaheim Ducks and five points ahead of the Sharks.
The fans were in playoff mode shouting “Beat LA!” in the beginning of the game that seemed to fuel the Kings as they played an great opening period. However they failed to match that intensity in the third period. San Jose owned the third period as Melker Karlsson fed Justin Braun in the slot for the goal that beat Jonathan Quick.
Martin Jones had 30 saves in the win, as Jonathan Quick recorded 26 saves in the loss.
The Kings return home to Staples Center on Thursday night to face the Calgary Flames.