Game 7: Kings 0, Sharks 0, end of first period

NBC Sports Network studio analyst Keith Jones predicted this Game 7 would end with the Sharks winning 1-0 in quadruple overtime. They’re on their way. Both teams had good opportunities in the offensive zone, but in a frenetic pace, neither could score as the game with a 6:15 p.m. start had plenty of empty seats from fans fighting to get in from traffic (although David Beckham and Tom Cruise didn’t have any problems finding their spots). The Sharks had the first penalty for the first time in the series – Joe Thornton’s high sticking against Mike Richards – but it was negated 21 seconds later when the Kings’ Jeff Carter high-sticked Joe Pavelski, for a brief 4-on-4 situation. The Sharks had the slight edge in the miniscule amount of shots, 5-3, but the Kings didn’t have an attempt for nearly the final 15 minutes of the period. The Kings’ edge was on hits, leading 20-12.

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