Kings come up real big, tie playoff series

kings-sharks-41611-2.jpgThe Los Angeles Kings were the underdogs in their first-ever, all-California Stanley Cup playoffs series versus San Jose even before they lost the first game. For tonight's game two, they didn't have one of their best skaters from game one: center Jarret Stoll was suspended for hitting a Shark from behind. But the Kings played one of their best games of the season and beat the Sharks 4-0. It's their first playoff win by more than three goals since 1993, their first playoff shutout since 2002. Plucky team. The series arrives at Staples Center on Tuesday night. Helene Elliott, Rich Hammond

Sports notes:

  • The Ducks evened their playoff series against Nashville last night, but lost star Bobby Ryan for two games for stomping on the foot of an opposing player.
  • The Lakers' Andrew Bynum tweeted that he's ready to play in the playoffs: "No more questions about my knee! It's 100% I'm ready to go!"
  • Native Intelligence contributor Phil Wallace looks ahead to the NBA playoffs and examines who's poised to beat the Lakers.
  • Gay former NBA player John Amaechi said Kobe Bryant shouldn’t fight the fine imposed for his use of an antigay slur. NYT


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