Sharks exorcise demons, eliminate Kings

Sat Apr 23, 2016 3:00am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Brent Burns said he rarely dwells on 2014. That was when the San Jose Sharks collapsed in the Western Conference quarterfinals against the Los Angeles Kings.

"The only time I really think about it is when I'm asked a question (about it)," Burns said. "It's been a totally different year. It's been a great group."

Joonas Donskoi scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the third period, and the Sharks eliminated the Kings from the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 6-3 victory on Friday at Staples Center.

Donskoi slammed home the winner at 3:58 of the third as the Sharks won the Western Conference quarterfinal series 4-1 and exacted revenge from Los Angeles after the Kings erased a 3-0 deficit by winning the final four games of their first-round series in 2014.

This wasn't much easier, the Sharks said, but the result was entirely different.

"If you look throughout the series, we had to work to get any kind of balance against this team," said Pavelski, who tied his career high of five goals in a series. "There were I don't know how many open nets we had where their defense were making saves right from Game 1. They were making some good plays. There were some good saves on both sides, but definitely it was a great team breakthrough tonight and we stayed with it."

Pavelski added a goal at 12:24 of the third as San Jose advanced to the second round, where it meets Anaheim or Nashville. That series is tied 2-2.

Melker Karlsson scored an empty-netter with 22 seconds left in the third.

Logan Couture and Brent Burns each had three assists for San Jose.   Continued...

Apr 22, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks right wing Joonas Donskoi (27) celebrates with right wing Joel Ward (42) after scoring a goal in the first period against the Los Angeles Kings in game five of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports