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Kings thump Sharks 4-0 to even series

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The Los Angeles Kings thumped the San Jose Sharks 4-0 Saturday night at the HP Pavilion to even the opening-round Stanley Cup playoff series at 1-1.

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After losing game one, the LA Kings got exactly what they needed by getting a split of the two road games before heading home to Los Angeles for Tuesday’s game at the Staples Center.

LA Kings’ goalie Jonathan Quick was outstanding throughout stopping all 34 shots on goal to gain the shutout victory for the Kings.

Jack Johnson opened the scoring for the Kings on a power play goal at 12:13 of the first period and Drew Doughty added another power-play goal 3:30 seconds later after Ryane Clowe was penalized for cross-checking.

Defenseman Drew Doughty would score again in the second period to give the Kings a 3-0 lead and become the second Kings’ defenseman to score two goals in a playoff game since Paul Coffey in 1992.

Kyle Clifford scored early in the third period at 4:54 to effectively put the game out of reach at 4-0, sending the Shark Tank crowd towards the exits along with their celebratory white towels in hand that wound up being used to wipe away the tears of defeat.

The Sharks were unable to capitalize on five power-play opportunities while the Kings were able to score on two of six, each in the first period.

The Sharks will now have to regain home-ice advantage by beating the Kings on the road when they play in Los Angeles next Tuesday and Thursday before returning home again next Saturday.