Animosity level should be high when Kings, Sharks meet for 3rd time in last 4 postseasons
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Apr 14, 2014
- The rivalry between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks has grown so intense in recent years that even newcomers take little time to acclimate themselves to the animosity. This time it's the Sharks who have the home-ice advantage although the Kings did win 1-0 in San Jose on Jan. 27. "In order to get revenge, you've got to win this series," Sharks defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic said Monday. The teams will meet again in a best-of-seven first-round series beginning Thursday night in San Jose with many of the scars from those previous meetings still fresh, including Kings captain Dustin Brown's illegal knee-on-knee hit that sidelined Hertl for more than three months this season and last year's seven-game series won by Los Angeles in the second round. The home team has won 16 of the past 17 games in this series, including all seven in last year's playoffs won by Los Angeles.