NHL: Sharks Steal Game Three, Look for Sweep of LA
Patrick Marleau scored his fourth career playoff overtime goal on Tuesday night to extend the San Jose Sharks’ series lead to a dominating 3-0 lead over the Los Angeles Kings.
San Jose struck first on the scoreboard just 3:16 into the first period when Brent Burns rifled a shot past Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick.
Center Jarret Stoll started off the second period with a power play goal with just over 15 minutes left in the frame. Right Wing Marian Gaborik grabbed the lead for the Kings just over three minutes later after going coast to coast with the puck and putting it past Sharks goalie Antti Niemi with a nice backhand goal.
Matt Nieto scored his first career playoff goal for the Sharks when he tied the game up 1:18 after Gaborik scored after Kings Defenseman Robyn Regehr knocked Quick to the ice.
The Kings took their second lead of the game only 51 seconds into the third period when Jeff Carter tipped in a goal in front of the net to electrify the Staples Center.
Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl silenced the crowd with 10:53 left in regulation when he scored his second goal of the series to knot the game up at three goals apiece, setting up an exciting overtime period.
Los Angeles came out of the gates firing in OT putting the first five shots of the extra frame on target, but Niemi sent each of them aside. Kings Defenseman Slava Voynov turned the puck over in the neutral zone just over six minutes in and within five seconds of the turnover Marleau’s shot had hit the back of the net and the Sharks bench and their faithful fans erupted in celebration. Marleau’s goal was San Jose’s only shot on goal in overtime.
The Kings now sit on the brink of elimination following a pair of losses at San Jose in Game 1 and Game 2. Quick has given up 16 goals in the first three games of the series and will need to get his game together if the Kings want any chance of staging a historic comeback.
Only three teams in NHL history have come back from a 3-0 deficit to win the series with the most recent coming in 2010 when the Philadelphia Flyers came back from 3-0 to defeat the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Game Four of this series will be on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. PT from Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.