Apr 24, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings right wing Marian Gaborik (12) and celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the first period in game four of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Playoffs 2014, Sharks vs. Kings final score: Los Angeles avoids sweep with 6-3 win


The Los Angeles Kings managed to allow 17 goals in the first three games of their series against the San Jose Sharks but that all changed with their backs up against the wall in Game 4. Facing elimination by way of the dreaded series sweep, the Kings went Shark hunting and blew away San Jose 6-3.

It was a vindicating win for the Kings who still have a lot of work ahead of them. But the 5-2 win was not only a way of giving the Sharks a taste of their own medicine but if served as a way to get back into a series many had written them out of.

Don’t be mistaken, the Kings chances of winning this series are still very slim to none, but they have avoided the sweep and blew up the Sharks defense on Thursday night in a big way. The question is, did this build up the Kings confidence or was it just a prolonging of the inevitable.

The fact that they’ve allowed 20 goals in this series so far isn’t to be forgotten, but the Kings showed that a series is won one game at a time.

Either way, it was a valiant effort by the Kings who can say at the very least that they went down swinging if they end up getting eliminated this weekend.

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