National Hockey League
San Jose 2, Los Angeles 1
When: 10:30 PM ET, Saturday, April 16, 2016
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Referees: Frederic L'Ecuyer, Brad Watson
Linesmen: Scott Cherrey, Jay Sharrers
Attendance: 18514

LOS ANGELES -- Logan Couture's goal in the second period was the difference, and the San Jose Sharks held on for a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night at Staples Center to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal at Staples Center.

Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist for the Sharks.

San Jose goaltender Martin Jones, a former King, who earned his first postseason decision in Game 1, stopped 27 of 28 shots.

Goalie Jonathan Quick recorded 21 saves on 23 shots for the Kings.

Game 3 is Monday at San Jose.

The Kings tried to rally late, getting a Vinny Lecavalier goal with 5:01 remaining in the third period. Lecavalier corralled a loose puck in front of the net and scored, but that was it for the Kings.

The Sharks, who owned the best road record in the NHL, have yet to lose at Staples this season. They claimed both regular-season matches in Los Angeles, scoring a 5-3 win on Dec. 22 and a 5-1 rout on Oct. 7. They have defeated Los Angeles in five of the seven contests this season.

Pavelski scored his third goal of the series, gathering a pass from Brent Burns and smoking a shot over the shoulder of Quick for a 1-0 edge at 3:37 of the first period.

The Sharks got a 5-on-3 opportunity in the second period and quickly took advantage of it. Thirty seconds after Tyler Toffoli and Lucic Milan were sent to the box for roughing and charging, respectively, Couture made it 2-0, rebounding a miss by Pavelski and burying a wrist shot for his first goal of the playoffs on a power play at 8:44 of the second.

Although the Sharks are in a commanding position, they surely haven't forgotten their quarterfinal collapse against the Kings two years ago. In that series, the Sharks were up 3-0 before the Kings came charging back to win four straight to prevail in a stunning reversal of fortunes.

Kings right winger Marian Gaborik, who had not played since suffering a knee sprain Feb. 12 against the New York Rangers, returned. Gaborik had four shots in 13:19 of ice time.

A sellout crowd of 18,514 attended.

NOTES: Kings D Alec Martinez was scratched. Martinez, who suffered an undisclosed injury in Game 1, played less than two minutes and sat out the third period. His status for the rest of the series is unknown. Jamie McBain replaced him on the roster. ... LW Kyle Clifford, C Andy Andreoff and D Kevin Gravel were also scratched by Los Angeles. C Dainius Zubrus, C Micheal Haley, D Dylan Demelo and D Matt Tennyson were unavailable for San Jose. ... The Sharks won 32 of 59 faceoffs in Game 1. San Jose C Joe Thornton captured eight of nine. ... Kings G Jonathan Quick is the franchise leader for wins and games played in the postseason. Quick has 45 wins and 76 games played.
Top Game Performances
San Jose   Los Angeles
Joe Pavelski 2 Points Vincent Lecavalier 1
Joe Pavelski 1 Goals Vincent Lecavalier 1
Joe Pavelski 1 Assists Jake Muzzin 1
Logan Couture 1 Power Play Goals Vincent Lecavalier 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Martin Jones .963 Save Percentage Jonathan Quick .913
Martin Jones 26 Saves Jonathan Quick 21
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
San Jose 23 2 1-5 4-5 10 27
Los Angeles 27 1 1-5 4-5 10 41
Upcoming Games
  • Los Angeles will play their next game on the road against San Jose. The Kings have a W/L % of .531 after a win and .667 after a loss.
  • San Jose will play their next game at home against Los Angeles. The Sharks have a W/L % of .511 after a win and .622 after a loss.