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In the years to come, Game 3 of this first-round series between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings might be the best-remembered game from the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
In the early stages, the Kings brought the momentum gained from a dominant Game 2 win back to L.A. with them. Willie Mitchell opened the scoring just 2:26 into the contest, and Kyle Clifford tallied 13 seconds later to give L.A. an early 2-0 advantage. Later in the first, Michal Handzus notched his first goal of the postseason, and the Kings looked well on their way to taking a 2-1 series lead. That outcome seemed even more probable when Brad Richardson scored just 44 seconds into the second, putting the Kings ahead 4-0 -- the same score they won by in Game 2.
With the game suddenly tied after 40 minutes, the third period featured much more cautious play than the previous two. San Jose registered nine shots to L.A.’s five, and after a scoreless 20 minutes, Game 3 went into overtime. If the Kings had scored, letting a 4-0 lead slip away would have been forgiven. Instead, San Jose’s epic comeback -- and the Kings’ just-as-epic collapse -- was capped off when Devin Setoguchi’s wrister from the slot soared past Jonathan Quick at 3:09 of OT. The Sharks had stolen all the momentum away from the Kings, as well as the lead in the series. In the process, they also became just the fourth team in playoff history to overcome a deficit of four or more goals, and the first team to accomplish the feat since Minnesota rallied to beat Chicago 5-4 on April 28, 1985.