By the numbers: Sharks vs. Kings, Game 5

Thearon W. Henderson

Scoring chances, zone entries, zone exits and more from the Sharks' 3-0 loss to Los Angeles in Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

Scoring Chances

Complete scoring chance summary

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 15:42 Brown rebound, save 7 12 31 39 61 83 11 12 23 26 32 44 5v5
Away 1 12:30 Lewis from Richards, save 10 13 18 22 27 31 8 10 13 22 32 44 5v5
Away 1 11:53 Toffoli from Pearson, goal 5 15 31 44 48 57 27 32 33 70 73 77 5v5
Away 1 11:24 Williams backhand from Stoll, save 5 8 19 31 44 88 6 8 14 28 32 74 5v5
Home 1 10:20 Desjardins from Torres, save 10 13 18 22 27 31 10 13 22 26 32 33 5v5
Away 1 9:14 Pearson from Carter, save 5 15 31 44 48 57 26 32 44 70 73 77 5v5
Away 1 7:09 Kopitar rebound from Brown, goal 5 19 27 31 48 88 11 12 23 26 32 44 5v5
Home 1 5:23 Thornton from Burns, miss (5v4 PP) 8 12 19 22 31 88 8 11 23 32 33 5v4
Home 2 15:21 Boyle from Couture, miss (4v4) 12 22 27 32 39 6 8 10 32 77 4v4
Home 2 5:05 Marleau one-timer from Pavelski, miss (5v4 PP) 8 12 19 22 32 88 26 32 44 70 77 5v4
Home 2 4:46 Burns one-timer from Thornton, save (5v4 PP) 8 12 19 22 32 88 8 11 32 33 73 5v4
Away 2 3:57 Stoll from Toffoli, save 7 10 13 27 32 88 13 14 26 28 32 44 5v5
Home 2 0:54 Pavelski from Boyle, save 5 8 19 22 32 88 10 27 32 33 70 77 5v5
Home 2 0:33 Couture one-timer from Burns, save (5v4 PP) 8 12 22 32 39 88 8 22 28 32 33 5v4
Home 2 0:31 Marleau rebound from Couture, miss (5v4 PP) 8 12 22 32 39 88 8 22 28 32 33 5v4
Home 3 18:29 Pavelski backhand from Boyle, miss (4v4) 8 12 19 22 32 8 28 32 33 77 4v4
Away 3 14:47 Richards from Muzzin, save 5 7 8 19 32 88 6 8 10 13 22 32 5v5
Home 3 10:04 Demers backhand from Torres, miss 5 13 19 32 57 61 8 10 13 22 32 33 5v5
Home 3 9:58 Wingels off turnover, save 5 13 19 32 57 61 8 10 13 22 32 33 5v5
Away 3 8:53 Kopitar from Doughty, miss (5v4 PP) 7 32 39 61 83 8 11 12 14 27 32 4v5
Away 3 6:52 Stoll backhand off turnover, save 7 19 32 48 61 88 8 28 32 33 70 73 5v5
Away 3 5:41 Gaborik off turnover, save 12 27 32 39 61 83 14 27 28 32 33 74 5v5
Home 3 4:23 Demers deflection from Couture, goalpost (5v4 PP) 5 19 32 39 57 61 11 22 26 32 44 5v4
Home 3 3:50 Braun rebound from Thornton, miss (5v4 PP) 5 19 32 39 57 61 11 22 26 32 44 5v4
Away 3 1:38 Richards from Lewis, miss 5 12 15 32 61 83 6 8 10 13 22 32 5v5

On-ice scoring chances, for and against

# Player EV PP SH
5 DEMERS, JASON 16:16 3 6 03:10 2 0 01:40 0 0
7 STUART, BRAD 15:43 0 4 00:00 0 0 04:11 0 1
8 PAVELSKI, JOE 12:15 2 2 04:40 5 0 02:35 0 0
10 DESJARDINS, ANDREW 09:46 1 2 00:00 0 0 02:28 0 0
12 MARLEAU, PATRICK 11:56 2 3 04:31 5 0 01:56 0 0
13 TORRES, RAFFI 10:18 3 2 00:21 0 0 00:00 0 0
15 SHEPPARD, JAMES 10:00 0 3 00:00 0 0 00:37 0 0
18 BROWN, MIKE 07:28 1 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
19 THORNTON, JOE 13:19 4 4 05:06 5 0 00:20 0 0
22 BOYLE, DAN 16:33 4 1 04:58 5 0 01:57 0 0
27 HANNAN, SCOTT 18:35 2 4 00:00 0 0 03:09 0 0
31 NIEMI, ANTTI 1 6 1 0 0 0
32 STALOCK, ALEX 5 5 6 0 0 1
39 COUTURE, LOGAN 12:21 1 2 03:57 4 0 01:37 0 1
44 VLASIC, MARC-EDOUARD 05:38 0 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
48 HERTL, TOMAS 08:09 0 4 01:04 0 0 00:00 0 0
57 WINGELS, TOMMY 11:29 2 2 03:03 2 0 02:15 0 0
61 BRAUN, JUSTIN 17:50 2 4 03:36 2 0 02:51 0 1
83 NIETO, MATT 12:32 0 3 00:52 0 0 02:00 0 1
88 BURNS, BRENT 11:59 1 5 04:27 5 0 00:00 0 0

Team scoring chance totals

Period Totals EV 5v4 PP 5v3 PP 4v5 SH 3v5 SH
1 2 6 1 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 6 1 2 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 5 5 3 4 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Ovr 13 12 6 11 7 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

Head-to-head scoring chances

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It took five games but the real Los Angeles Kings finally showed up to this series. That's about the best way I can describe what went down in Game 5 and the most significant indicator is that the Sharks and Kings combined for just 17 even-strength scoring chances last night, with San Jose held to only six. When the Kings are at their best, they play low-event, boring hockey that suffocates the hell out of their opponents and ensures Jonathan Quick doesn't have to make many difficult stops to pick up a win. That's not at all what happened in the first four games of this series as the Sharks outchanced L.A. 69-35 at evens in those contests. Last night the Kings were able to flip the script as they held the Sharks to just one five-on-five scoring chance (and even that was from Andrew Desjardins, of all people) in the first 39 minutes of Game 5.

The only place the Sharks were able to generate anything, and the only reason they actually ended this one with one more overall scoring chance than the Kings, was the power play. While they couldn't convert, the Sharks did create chances galore and with Patrick Marleau and Justin Braun both missing wide-open nets it was more a factor of bad luck than anything else that they weren't able to score on the man-advantage. If there's a bright spot in this game for San Jose, it's that their power play is still dangerous. But good lord was this thing one-sided at even-strength.

5-on-5 Zone Entries


# Player Overall Entries Shots Per Overall Entry Controlled Entries Shots Per Controlled Entry % Of Entries With Control
5 DEMERS, JASON 2 0.5 0 0 0
7 STUART, BRAD 1 2 0 0 0
8 PAVELSKI, JOE 0 0 0 0 0
10 DESJARDINS, ANDREW 4 1 3 1.33 75
12 MARLEAU, PATRICK 0 0 0 0 0
13 TORRES, RAFFI 5 0.2 1 1 20
15 SHEPPARD, JAMES 11 0.27 2 1 18.2
18 BROWN, MIKE 3 0 0 0 0
19 THORNTON, JOE 6 83 4 1 66.7
22 BOYLE, DAN 3 0.33 2 0.5 66.7
27 HANNAN, SCOTT 0 0 0 0 0
39 COUTURE, LOGAN 5 0.4 2 0.5 40
44 VLASIC, MARC-EDOUARD 2 0 0 0 0
48 HERTL, TOMAS 4 0.25 2 0 50
57 WINGELS, TOMMY 3 1 1 0 33.3
61 BRAUN, JUSTIN 1 0 1 0 100
83 NIETO, MATT 5 0 1 0 20
88 BURNS, BRENT 1 0 0 0 0
Sharks Overall 56 0.41 19 0.68 33.9
Kings Overall 57 0.51 29 0.62 50.9

Again, these are the types of numbers you'd typically see in Sharks/Kings games during the Darryl Sutter era prior to the start of this series. L.A. did not budge an inch in the neutral zone last night, successfully bottling it up and forcing the Sharks to dump the puck in on over 66% of their entries. When Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski combine for zero zone entries, you know San Jose had a hell of a time coming through the neutral zone. Even Matt Nieto, who was a godsend for the Sharks in neutral ice in Games 1-4, was forced to resort to a dump-in on four of his five zone entries, from which the Sharks generated a grand total of zero shots (the Couture line as a whole had their first ineffective game of the series). The Kings were dialed in last night and the Sharks have to hope the L.A. team they face in Game 6 more closely resembles the one they saw in the first four games of this series.

5-on-5 Zone Exits


# Player Touches In-Zone Passes Carry-Out Pass-Out Turnover Icing Overall Success % Exit Success %
5 DEMERS, JASON 23 13 1 6 3 0 30.4 70
7 STUART, BRAD 18 8 0 3 6 1 16.7 30
8 PAVELSKI, JOE 8 3 2 3 0 0 62.5 100
10 DESJARDINS, ANDREW 5 2 0 0 3 0 0 0
12 MARLEAU, PATRICK 4 0 0 4 0 0 100 100
13 TORRES, RAFFI 6 0 1 1 4 0 33.3 33.3
15 SHEPPARD, JAMES 6 1 3 2 0 0 83.3 100
18 BROWN, MIKE 3 1 1 0 1 0 33.3 50
19 THORNTON, JOE 7 3 1 1 2 0 28.6 50
22 BOYLE, DAN 14 8 0 1 5 0 7.1 16.7
27 HANNAN, SCOTT 12 5 0 2 5 0 16.7 28.6
39 COUTURE, LOGAN 4 1 2 1 0 0 75 100
44 VLASIC, MARC-EDOUARD 9 5 0 0 4 0 0 0
48 HERTL, TOMAS 6 1 1 2 2 0 50 60
57 WINGELS, TOMMY 5 0 1 2 2 0 60 60
61 BRAUN, JUSTIN 22 12 0 8 2 0 36.4 80
83 NIETO, MATT 6 4 0 1 1 0 16.7 50
88 BURNS, BRENT 3 1 0 2 0 0 66.7 100
Overall 161 68 13 39 40 1 32.3 55.9

Justin Braun has been terrific in this series, despite having the anchor that is Brad Stuart tied around his legs, and was really the only defenseman able to stall the Kings' forecheck and catalyze the breakout for the Sharks after Marc-Edouard Vlasic's injury. Stuart, Scott Hannan and Dan Boyle all exited the zone on 30% of their clear attempts to or fewer. Boyle in particular had a nightmarish game coming out of his own end, turning the puck over on five of his six clear attempts at zone exits. I don't think it's possible to overstate the impact of a long-term injury to Vlasic on the Sharks' already-thin blueline.

For more on what scoring chances, zone entries and zone exits are, how they're tracked, and why they matter, read this post.

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