The chants of ‘Beat L.A.! Beat L.A.!’ grew louder and louder from the fans inside SAP Center in San Jose on Sunday. The Sharks are halfway to that objective.
The Sharks now lead the L.A. Kings 2-0 in the best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final series, thanks to a 7-2 victory in Game 2. San Jose trailed by a pair of goals early on, but emphatically came back and completely took this one over with seven unanswered.
And it was the fourth liners, Mike Brown and Raffi Torres, that initially led the charge. Not only were they both physical forces, punishing opposing players with thunderous body checks, but they displayed a scoring touch, too. Brown got the Sharks on the board with his first career Stanley Cup playoff goal less than five minutes into the second period, and Torres tied it at 2-2 less than five minutes afterward on a perfect wrist shot that beat Jonathan Quick on the stick side.
Justin Braun scored the winner. At the time, it was a close hockey game, the Braun goal breaking the deadlock.
The Sharks’ killer instinct took over from there, and they didn’t let up in the third period. It was an onslaught. The Sharks kept coming and the Kings were powerless to stop it.
Quick, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner only two years ago when the Kings won the Stanley Cup but pulled in the series opener, has now given up 12 goals in the last two games. He still made 33 saves in a losing cause Sunday.