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Can Kings-Sharks repeat last year's seven-game beauty?

San Jose Sharks left wing T.J. Galiardi (21) collides with Los Angeles Kings left wing Dustin...

San Jose Sharks left wing T.J. Galiardi (21) collides with Los Angeles Kings left wing Dustin Penner (25) and defenceman Matt Greene (2) during Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinal last year in Los Angeles. (REUTERS)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:33 PM ET

The Early Word: These two teams met in the second round last spring as the sixth (Sharks) and fifth (Kings) seeds and it was a seven-game beauty with each team winning once in the other team’s barn before the Kings finally prevailed 2-1 in Game 7 in L.A. The Sharks are sixth in the league in goals scored, the Kings, 26th. The Kings are first in the league in defence and the Sharks are fifth. This is going to come down to Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick coming up with a performance like he did a couple of years ago when the Kings won the Cup and he won the Conn Smythe. The Kings just seem to have that little bit more grit and the addition of scorer Marian Gaborik might have the same effect in boosting the Kings’ meager offence as the arrival of Jeff Carter two years ago.

 

 

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