SAN JOSE Sharks forward TJ Galiardi said Wednesday that Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick is guilty of "a little embellishment every now and then" in the teams' Western Conference semifinal as he tries to draw penalties on San Jose forwards.
"What kind of bugs me about him, I don't know if I should say it, but a little embellishment every now and then," Galiardi said before the Sharks left for Los Angeles for Game 5 tonight with the series 2-2. "You skate by and you don't even touch him or you barely even touch him, and he's throwing his hands in the air.
"It's the playoffs. Everyone's trying to draw a penalty. Whatever."
Galiardi was called for goaltender interference in the second period of Game 4 Tuesday after he and Kings defenseman Drew Doughty got tangled up in front of the net. After Galiardi got out of the penalty box, the puck was sent down the ice behind the Kings' net. Galiardi skated in front of Quick as Los Angeles' Slava Voynov retrieved the puck, and Galiardi's skate clipped Quick's goalie pad. Quick fell to the ice.
"So I'm skating by and I barely touch him, and he's throwing his hands in the air," Galiardi said. "It's kind of one of those things he looks bad on video, not me."
The two players also had a run-in in the first period of Game 3 Saturday. Quick was behind his net to leave the puck for Voynov. Galiardi tried to cut between Quick and the net to get to the puck but was upended, tripping on Quick's leg. Video replays showed Quick might have seen Galiardi coming as he skated backward to his own net.
Entering Game 5, one factor seems to stand out: home-ice advantage.
Through eight regular-season and playoff meetings, neither San Jose nor Los Angeles has won on the road in 2013. And as the lower seed, the Sharks must stop that trend if they are going to oust the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Penguins 7, Senators 3 in Ottawa Jarome Iginla and James Neal each had two goals as Pittsburgh took a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal.
Trailing 2-1 after the first period, the Penguins scored twice in a 40-second span early in the second and added four goals in the first 10 minutes of the third.
Canucks Alain Vigneault, Vancouver's all-time leader in coaching wins with 313, was fired after the Canucks were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round for the second consecutive season. The Sharks swept the Canucks this season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.