Kings Cap Comeback, Stun Sharks to Advance
(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- The historic comeback for the Los Angeles Kings is complete.
Anze Kopitar scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, Jonathan Quick made 39 saves, and the Kings came back from being three games down to stun the San Jose Sharks 5-1 in Game 7 of their first-round series Wednesday night.
"When you've gone to the top of the mountain with the same group of guys it's a little bit easier when you're at the bottom to come up," said Kings captain Dustin Brown. "That's what a lot of this team is about, our guys who have stuck together and played together for years."
The Kings joined Toronto (1942), the New York Islanders (1975) and Philadelphia (2010) as the only teams to comeback from being down 3-0 in a series to win it.
Antti Niemi made 25 saves in the loss for San Jose, who has the second most regular-season wins in the NHL the past 10 seasons but has never made it past the conference finals.
"This is as low as it's been for me, and for the players that have been together for the six years that I've been here," head coach Todd McLellan said.
The Kings will take on the Anaheim Ducks in the second-round of the Western Conference playoffs.
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