Fight night in Los Angeles sets up Game 7 in San Jose

The Sharks and Kings threw down in more ways than one last night and as if this series needed anymore drama, we’re headed for a winner-take-all finish.

The Kings and Sharks hated each other before the series began, but the blood is both pumping and spilling now. Los Angeles tied the first-round tilt 3-3 last night with a 4-1 win and both teams went at it hammer-and-tong.

Not only were big hits dished out on both sides, but the night proved to be eventful away from the scoreboard as well thanks to a couple of fights. The tone was set in the first period when young Kings scrapper Kyle Clifford took on San Jose’s Andrew Desjardins, no wallflower himself:

Initial reaction from the fans of scored it a decisive victory for Clifford.

As the game slanted towards Los Angeles, another fight broke out, with two less likely combatants: Logan Couture and Mike Richards.

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Finally, Kings star goalie Jonathan Quick got into the action, sticking up for defenseman Drew Doughty by going after Sharks captain Joe Thornton:

OK, Quick wasn’t quite Ron Hextall, but points for taking on one of the bigger dudes in the league.

Game 7 promises to be a cracker with all this as the set-up. The Kings have knotted a series they lost the first three games in and the old yarn about San Jose choking is alive and well. Los Angeles seems to have a new sense of intensity that was missing earlier on and this team has proven what it can do when it’s in first gear.