Spirited Kings find their way back to San Jose

Fri Apr 25, 2014 2:09pm EDT
 
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" would have been an apt question for Los Angeles Kings fans to ask before their team responded with a spirited 6-3 playoff win over the San Jose Sharks.

Teetering on the brink of a 4-0 sweep by the in-form Sharks, the Kings breathed new life into their best-of-seven playoff series with a passionate display in front of a sellout home crowd on Thursday and will return to San Jose for Game Five on Saturday trailing 1-3.

The infamous Shark Tank will not be an easy place for Los Angeles to stave off postseason elimination with a second successive win but Kings right wing Justin Williams knows how difficult it is for teams to close out series.

"Every game gets harder and harder, and they say the close-out game is always the hardest," Williams told reporters after scoring twice in Thursday's 'do-or-die' game at Staples Center in the Western Conference quarter-finals.

"We have a lot of character right here and we're certainly not going to call it quits. We're just trying to make this a series. We're just going to do what we can to push back.

"They were up 3-0, obviously in the driver's seat. They're obviously a great team on home ice and they've shown it throughout the past decade it seems. Now we're going to have to try to win a couple more."

The Sharks have never won the coveted Stanley Cup but have proved to be perennial contenders in the postseason, having reached the playoffs for the last nine years.

"We're certainly happy we got a win but we feel we have a long road to go obviously," said Williams, who scored twice in a three-goal spree in the second period on Thursday as the Kings broke clear of a 2-2 tie with the Sharks.   Continued...