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    Purdy: San Jose Sharks rookies make impact in playoffs

    Tomas Hertl and Matt Nieto make huge contributions for the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 against the Los Angeles Kings.
     
    San Jose Sharks seeing value of hard-hitting fourth line
    San Jose Sharks' physical play was a factor in their Game 1 win against the Los Angeles Kings. 

    Sharks expect stronger challenge from Kings in Game 2
    San Jose Sharks ready for tougher contest after coasting to win over Los Angeles Kings in playoff opener  

    Sharks' Niemi rewards team's faith in Game 1
    San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi struggled late in the season and wasn't named the playoff starter against the Los Angeles Kings until game day, but he was on his game in San Jose's 6-3 victory in Game 1 of the NHL playoff series. 

    Live Stanley Cup playoffs chat: Sharks vs. Kings, Game 2, Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
    Join Curtis Pashelka for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Western Conference playofs between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings. 

    San Jose Sharks-Los Angeles Kings has plenty of hits
    If Game 1 is any indication the Sharks-Kings series will be a physical one.  

    Purdy: Torres' return worth the wait for Sharks
    San Jose Sharks get jolt of energy from Raffi Torres, who makes his presence felt with a goal and physical play in Game 1 win over Los Angeles Kings. 

    Sharks beat Kings in Game 1 of playoffs
    The San Jose Sharks built a 5-0 lead through two periods and went on to beat the Los Angeles Kings 6-3 in the opening game of their NHL playoff series.  

    San Jose Sharks get results from Raffi Torres, Tomas Hertl in lineup
    Raffi Torres and Tomas Hertl both score goals for the San Jose Sharks against the Los Angeles Kings. 

    Power outage leaves SAP Center dark before Sharks playoff opener
    A power outage at SAP Center darkened the San Jose arena about 45 minutes before the scheduled start of the Sharks' NHL playoff opener against the Los Angeles Kings 

    Stanley Cup playoffs chat transcript: Sharks vs. Kings, Game 1
    Join Curtis Pashelka for a live chat as the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings face off in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoffs. 

    Sharks will start Antti Niemi in goal
    San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi will start Game 1 against the Los Angeles Kings.
     

    Purdy: Ranking the hottest NorCal-SoCal sports rivalries
    Sharks-Kings, Giants-Dodgers, Warriors-Clippers rank high on this list of intense Northern California-Southern California rivalries 

    Sharks' Raffi Torres will play
    San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres will be back in the lineup for Game 1 against the Los Angeles Kings.
     

    San Jose Sharks-Los Angeles Kings lineups
    Lineups for the first-round NHL playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings 

    Purdy: Kings' depth could hurt San Jose Sharks
    The San Jose Sharks need to put together an extra line to combat the Los Angeles Kings' four-line strategy.
     

    San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings not the friendliest rivalry
    Sharks-Kings tensions intensified by two questionable hits in past 12 months and three Stanley Cup playoff series in past four years. 

    Sharks' Marty Havlat, Jason Demers healthy for this playoff run
    San Jose Sharks' Marty Havlat, Jason Demers were limited in 2013 playoffs with injuries 

    Sharks coach Todd McLellan still won't tip hand on starting goalie
    San Jose Sharks will announce Thursday whether Antti Niemi or Alex Stalock starts in goal for playoff opener against Los Angeles Kings 

    Sharks' Raffi Torres practices again, could play in playoff opener
    San Jose Sharks fairly healthy going into playoff opener, with Raffi Torres' availability to be determined Thursday 

    Sharks-Kings matchups
    How the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings match up in their first-round NHL playoff series.
     

    San Jose Sharks toy with moving Joe Pavelski to center on third line
    Sharks coach Todd McLellan says moving Pavelski off line with Joe Thornton and Brent Burns could be a way to get balanced scoring. 

    Sharks nominate forward Brent Burns for leadership award
    San Jose Sharks pick Brent Burns as their nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for his work with military families. 

    Will San Jose Sharks move Joe Pavelski to third-line center?
    Sharks coach Todd McLellan not tipping his hand on where Pavelski will play against Los Angeles Kings in first round of Stanley Cup playoffs. 

    Sharks need Joe Thornton to come up Jumbo in playoffs
    San Jose's Joe Thornton is the greatest player in Sharks history, and owns just about every individual accolade the sport has to offer. But he wants the elusive Stanley Cup. 

    Can Sharks knock off the Los Angeles Kings?
    The Sharks have the home ice advantage that was so critical last year in their bruising playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings when the visiting team lost every night '“ including Game 7 at the Staples Center 

    Sharks notebook: McLellan not ready to announce starting goalie
    Three days before the San Jose Sharks begin their opening-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings, the name of San Jose's starting goalie for Game 1 -- Antti Niemi or Alex Stalock -- remains a public mystery, as does the status of forward Raffi Torres.
     

    Sharks' Tomas Hertl excited about first playoff game
    San Jose Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl to face Los Angeles Kings, whom he suffered knee injury against in December 

    Sharks' Raffi Torres' status unclear for playoff opener
    San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres hasn't played since March 8 with knee soreness 

    Sharks' Scott Hannan says he's OK for playoff opener
    San Jose Sharks defenseman Scott Hannan says he can play in playoff game against Los Angeles Kings 

     
     
     
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    Report says the “Idol” host stepping down after current season.