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Sunday, April 20th (All times Eastern)

Los Angeles Kings (0-1) at San Jose Sharks (1-0), 10 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Kings hope to get off to a better start in Game 2 at San Jose, as they try to even up the Western Conference quarterfinals in Sunday's road clash against the Sharks.

San Jose claimed Game 1 on home ice by a 6-3 score, but that was after carrying a 5-0 advantage into the third period. Los Angeles will try to build off its strong finish in Game 1, as it attempts to avoid falling into an 0-2 hole before the series shifts to Southern California for Games 3 and 4.

Already holding a 1-0 lead after Joe Thornton scored just over three minutes into the game, Tomas Hertl and Patrick Marleau tallied 48 seconds apart late in San Jose's three-goal first period. Raffi Torres, playing in his first game since March 8, added a goal in the second period and Marc-Edouard Vlasic made it 5-0 later in the middle stanza.

After the Kings made their push in the third, Brent Burns sealed the win for San Jose with an empty-net goal in the final minute of regulation.

Burns, Hertl and Vlasic each finished with a goal and assist, while James Sheppard picked up a pair of helpers. Hertl, who had 15 goals and 10 assists in 37 games during his rookie campaign this year, became the first player in Sharks history to record multiple points in his postseason debut .

Antti Niemi recorded 31 saves for the Sharks, who were bounced from last year's playoffs by the Kings in seven games in the conference semifinals.

"Obviously we're a little disappointed in the way we responded there (in the third), but for the most part, it was a real good game on our behalf," Sharks head coach Todd McLellan said.

Jake Muzzin, Trevor Lewis and Slava Voynov supplied the goals for Los Angeles, which saw goaltender Jonathan Quick chased after giving up five goals on 28 shots. Martin Jones stopped all four shots he faced in relief for the Kings.

"It's a series and every chance you get to finish a check, rub a guy out, make it harder on them, tire them down, it pays dividends later," Kings captain Dustin Brown said of his team's play at the end of Game 1. "We needed a third period like that."

Although Quick was pulled from Game 1, the proven postseason performer will get the start in Game 2. Quick won the Conn Smythe Trophy when the Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2012 and boasts a 29-22 record and a .927 save percentage over 51 career playoff games.

In order to even the series at 1-1, Los Angeles needs to pick up a rare win at San Jose's SAP Center. Including the playoffs, the Kings have lost 11 of their last 12 games on the road against the Sharks. In last spring's playoff encounter, the home team won every game, but unlike 2013, San Jose holds home- ice advantage in this series.

The Kings will host Game 3 on Tuesday, with the fourth meeting set for Thursday at Staples Center.

04/20 10:39:09 ET

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Local
Final
CHA 100
ORL 105
 
1st
DUKE 13
TEMPL 8
 
Final
CHA 100
ORL 105
 
Final
PHI 96
PHO 122
 
Final
ATL 99
DET 89
 
4th
TOR 124
MIL 81
 
4th
MEM 90
BOS 79
 
4th
OKC 77
BRK 76
 
4th
WAS 82
CLE 69
 
4th
MIN 68
SAN 93
 
Half
DAL 68
LAL 59
 
2nd
DEN 50
NOP 34
 
10:30pm Tonight
POR
CHI
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
UTA
1:00pm Today
BUF 0
KSU 0
3rd
RICE 10
UTEP 3
 
1st
SDST 7
AFA 0
 
1st
UTST 7
SJST 0
 
Final
COC 50
TEXAM 59
Final
DREX 70
USC 72
Final
GWEBB 72
CLEM 70
Final
MIAMI 79
AKR 51
Final
UCONN 75
DAY 64
Final
NEV 60
SHU 68
Final
LONG 81
UNCG 79
Final
ARKPB 46
VALPO 59
 
Final
WVU 70
BC 66
Final
TOWS 58
CCST 49
 
Final
YALE 70
ILLCH 58
 
Final
IOWA 63
SYR 66
 
Final
HAMP 82
ALCOR 69
 
Final
ODU 70
LSU 61
 
Final
KENT 89
BU 65
 
Final
SCAR 63
CHAR 65
 
Final
UVA 59
GWU 42
 
Final
WCU 72
HIWASSEE 53
 
Final
GT 78
MAST 69
 
Final
RIDE 78
LEH 74
 
Final
MSU 87
LOYC 52
 
Final
CMICH 76
MAINE 48
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF 0
MNTST 0
 
Final
BAY 60
PVU 45
 
Final
HOF 66
USB 65
 
Final
OREG 78
TOL 68
 
Final
UGA 82
TROY 60
 
Final
STAN 89
UNLV 60
 
Final
FAIR 36
WOFF 54
 
Final
EMICH 71
YOUNG 62
 
Final
MON 73
COOK 50
 
Final
FIU 74
FLMEM 48
 
Final
KSU 74
SILL 51
 
Final
CAL 55
TEX 71
 
2nd
GMAS 56
NMU 65
 
Final
ILL 107
PEAY 66
 
2nd
ARK 97
DELST 66
 
Final
MCNST 85
JCHR 70
 
2nd
NDST 65
KNST 55
 
2nd
OKST 79
UWMIL 66
 
2nd
LATU 67
MORE 54
 
2nd
SDKST 67
NDAK 67
 
2nd
XAV 75
STEPH 61
 
2nd
UF 49
LAMON 43
 
2nd
WAKE 46
IONA 57
 
Half
GRCN 34
FAM 22
 
Half
COLST 29
UGST 34
 
Half
WASU 32
IDST 31
 
1st
WEBER 25
ILLST 38
 
1st
AUB 42
LALAF 32
 
1st
LOU 31
MARS 23
 
1st
ORST 18
ORU 20
 
1st
SD 27
SHSU 24
 
1st
UTAH 47
UCR 21
 
1st
DUKE 13
TEMPL 8
 
1st
CORN 15
PSU 7
 
10:00pm Tonight
CPSL
DEL
10:00pm Tonight
AMER
PBY
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
WASH
 
10:30pm Tonight
LBSU
KYST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
PITT
Final
CLB 3
BOS 4
 
Final
PIT 4
NYI 5
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF 0
NYR 0
 
1st
EDM 0
NJD 0