The NHL’s Best Rivalry On Display As Stadium Series Resumes in Santa Clara

 

The best sports rivalries require something that makes each city passionate about the game and a history in which the two teams have played in big games against each other.  Chasing for the same prize and the ability to end the other teams’ season is a powerful motivator, especially when one team has been the obstacle to the other.

For example, the 2010 NBA Final Game 7 between longtime rivals Los Angeles and Boston still is the second highest rated NBA game of all-time.  The two teams have met in the finals twelve times, which highlights one of the other important elements of a great rivalry – it has to be a clash of the titans and not  a consolation game to see who sucks least.

The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks definitely qualify and Hockey Magazine calls this the best rivalry in the NHL today.  Tonight the NHL Stadium Series resumes in Santa Clara with the Sharks hosting the Kings in an important game with playoff implications as the two rivals battle for the final playoff spot in the West.

The Kings are 58-57-7 against the Sharks.  They have faced each in the playoffs in three of the last four seasons in dramatic hard fought series, with the Kings winning two of the three.

2011

San Jose won 4-2 in a dramatic double overtime Game 6 in the first round.  The Sharks would go on to their third trip to the Conference Finals where they lost to Vancouver.

2013

In the second round in 2013, the Kings came back from 3-2 series deficit to win a dramatic 7th game at the Staple Center as goalie Jonathan Quick shut down the Sharks 2-1.

2014

The Kings became only the fourth team in NHL history to recover from a 3-0 deficit in beating the Sharks in 7 games in the First Round en route to the Stanley Cup.

SAN JOSE

LOS ANGELES

FLAG
POP

954,379

3,804,503

 MEDIAN

HOUSEHOLD

INCOME

 $89,782

$54,353

NICKNAMES “S.J.”,
“Capital of Silicon Valley,”
“Choke-ville USA”

 “L.A.”,
“City of Angels” 
“La-la-land”,
“Tinseltown”
“City of Champions”

 

STANLEY CUPS

ZERO

ZIP

NADA

2

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