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Round 1, Gm 3: Kings at Sharks

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Pavelski, Thornton lament missed scoring chance

Sharks could have taken lead in Game 3, lost to Kings in overtime

by Shawn Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

SAN JOSE -- Once again for the San Jose Sharks, a game rested on the sticks of Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski, who were big factors in the first three games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

This time, though, the two extraordinary Joes could not deliver. As a result, the Sharks find themselves in a close series, following a 2-1 overtime loss in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round series at SAP Center on Monday.

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Instant analysis: Sharks vs. Kings, Game 3

Los Angeles shows mettle with victory; San Jose was better team for long stretches

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

SAN JOSE -- The Los Angeles Kings barged their way back into this Western Conference First Round series against the San Jose Sharks, winning 2-1 in overtime at SAP Center on Monday on a goal by Tanner Pearson at 3:47 to close the gap to 2-1 in the best-of-7 series.

What we learned: These Kings are tough to put away. Their season was hanging in the balance after losing the first two games at Staples Center. So what did they do? They played their most complete game, they answered the body blow that was another first-shot goal from the Sharks, and they clawed their way back into this series, scoring in overtime after being held to nine shots in the final 40 minutes of regulation. In the process, they planted a seed of doubt in the mind of the Sharks, many of whom have scars from the 2014 meltdown against the Kings that may never heal.

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Pearson, Kings win in OT, avoid 3-0 hole

Forward scores 3:47 into extra period; Quick makes 29 saves

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

Pearson's OT game-winner

LAK@SJS, Gm3: Pearson goes five-hole for OT winner

R1, Gm3: Tanner Pearson elects to shoot on a two-on-one and beats Martin Jones with a shot through the five-hole to win the game in overtime

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SAN JOSE -- The Los Angeles Kings proved two years ago that they can win a Stanley Cup Playoff series against the San Jose Sharks after losing the first three games.

Tanner Pearson made sure they won't have to try to do it again this year, scoring at 3:47 of overtime to give the Kings a 2-1 win against the Sharks at SAP Center on Monday in Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round series.

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Thornton gives Sharks early lead

San Jose center scores 30 seconds into Game 3 against L.A.

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Thornton's opening-minute goal

LAK@SJS, Gm3: Thornton gives Sharks an early lead

R1, Gm3: Joe Thornton circles into the slot and fires a wrist shot past Jonathan Quick for the game's first goal, 30 seconds after the faceoff

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San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton scored 30 seconds into Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Los Angeles Kings at SAP Center on Monday.

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Five keys for Sharks vs. Kings, Game 3

San Jose has to be better at home; Los Angeles needs to get shots on net

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

SAN JOSE -- The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks will play Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round at SAP Center on Monday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports, PRIME, CSN-CA). The Sharks lead the best-of-7 series 2-0.

Here are five keys for Game 3:

1. Order takeout: The Sharks didn't find home cooking to their liking during the regular season, when they were markedly better on the road. San Jose won the first two games of this series in Los Angeles and was 28-10-3 away from SAP Center in the regular season, the best road record in the NHL. The Sharks were below .500 at home, going 18-20-3.

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Johnston: Kings have to get back to power game

Former NHL coach breaks down what Los Angeles needs to do in Game 3 vs. Sharks

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

For additional insight into the Western Conference First Round series between the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Mike Johnston to break down the action. Johnston will be checking in throughout the series.

Johnston, 59, was most recently the coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, compiling a 58-37-15 record during his tenure. He was coach and general manager of the Western Hockey League's Portland Winterhawks from 2008 to 2014. He also has been an assistant coach for the Kings and the Vancouver Canucks.

The San Jose Sharks won a second straight one-goal game on the road in Game 2 of their Western Conference First Round Series against the Los Angeles Kings, holding on for a 2-1 victory Saturday and taking a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.

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Kings' Clifford could play in Game 3 vs. Sharks

Los Angeles may insert gritty forward; San Jose looks for 3-0 series lead

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

Game 3: KINGS at SHARKS

Western Conference First Round

San Jose leads best-of-7 series 2-0

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CSN-CA, PRIME, CBC, TVA Sports

SAN JOSE -- Forward Kyle Clifford likely will return to the lineup for the Los Angeles Kings when they visit the San Jose Sharks in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round at SAP Center on Monday.

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Gaborik getting up to speed

Forward says Kings have to 'raise their level' against Sharks in Game 3

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter may have felt that right wing Marian Gaborik was his best player in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round series against the San Jose Sharks, but Gaborik felt a bit differently.

Gaborik, out since Feb. 12 with a right knee sprain, played Saturday for the first time in nine weeks. He said the pace was faster than he expected and that for parts of the game it felt like he was trying to catch a moving train.

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NHL Live Wire: Sharks vs. Kings, Game 2

Sights, sounds from Western Conference First Round series

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NHL LiveWire: Couture mic'd up

Logan Couture doing his best to lead Sharks to win

San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture tries his best to lead his team to victory in Game 2 against the Kings

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NHL Live Wire put microphones on San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture and Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown to capture the sounds of Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round series in Los Angeles on Saturday.

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Sharks look to match road success at SAP Center

San Jose won first two games at Los Angeles, was under .500 at home in regular season

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks had the NHL's best regular-season road record, and they continued their success away from home by defeating the Los Angeles Kings in Games 1 and 2 of their Western Conference First Round series at Staples Center.

Now comes the hard part for San Jose: winning at home.

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