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Round 1, Gm 4: Kings at Sharks

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Sharks block another nightmare against Kings

Couture, Vlasic get in front of shots in final seconds to help San Jose hang on for Game 4 win

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

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks were having too much fun for the first 41:40 of Game 4 on Wednesday to think about the nightmares.

SAP Center was rocking, the home fans deliriously happy with the 3-0 lead forged by their beloved Sharks with three picture-perfect power-play goals from three of their best players.

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Instant analysis: Sharks vs. Kings, Game 4

Power play pushes Sharks one win from second round

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

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 at SAP Center on Wednesday to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series.

Each game has been decided by one goal. San Jose had a 3-0 series lead in 2014 against Los Angeles but lost four straight games.

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Sharks power past Kings in Game 4

San Jose scores three man-advantage goals, takes 3-1 series lead

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks found a quick fix for their power play and used it to defeat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 in Game 4 of their Western Conference First Round series at SAP Center on Wednesday.

Brent Burns, Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau each scored a power-play goal, two days after the Sharks went 0-for-5 with the man-advantage in a 2-1 overtime loss in Game 3.

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Situation Room

Coach's Challenge: LAK @ SJS - 2:49 of Third Period

Original call stands - good goal Los Angeles Kings

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Situation Room: LAK vs. SJS, Gm4

Situation Room: Lewis' goal stands after review

R1, Gm4: After a coach's challenge by the Sharks, it is determined that a defensive check caused goaltender interference and the goal stands

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At 2:49 of the third period in the Kings/Sharks game, San Jose requested a Coach's Challenge to review whether a Los Angeles player interfered with San Jose goaltender Martin Jones prior to Trevor Lewis' goal. 

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee determined that the actions of San Jose's Brent Burns caused Los Angeles' Trevor Lewis to contact Jones before the puck crossed the goal line. The decision was made in accordance with Note 2 of Rule 78.7 (ii) which states, in part, that the goal on the ice should have been allowed because "the attacking Player was pushed, shoved or fouled by a defending Player causing the attacking Player to come into contact with the goalkeeper."

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Five keys for Sharks vs. Kings, Game 4

Los Angeles has to be disciplined; San Jose's top line needs help

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

SAN JOSE -- The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks play Game 4 of their Western Conference First Round series at SAP Center on Wednesday (10:30 p.m. ET; USA, CBC, TVA Sports, CSN-CA, FS-W). 

The Sharks lead the best-of-7 series 2-1.

Here are five keys to Game 4:

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Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Sharks vs. Kings

San Jose needs to capitalize playing on home ice; fast start key for Los Angeles

by Kevin Weekes @KevinWeekes / NHL Network Analyst

Each Wednesday throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the game that intrigues him most that night. Weekes will also be assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

It's no secret the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings don't like each other. This season, they are adding another chapter to the bitter rivalry in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Depending on which team you root for, you either love or hate to recall their 2014 Western Conference First Round series. The Sharks took a 3-0 lead before losing the next four to the Kings, who went on to win the Stanley Cup.

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The Climb

Climbing to next round goal for Kings, Sharks

Quick, Pavelski have teams moving in right direction

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Two years after the Los Angeles Kings started their run to the Stanley Cup by overcoming a 3-0 series deficit to defeat the San Jose Sharks, they're trying to come from behind again against their Northern California rival.

The Kings lost Games 1 and 2 of their Western Conference First Round series to the Sharks in Los Angeles, but won Game 3 in San Jose in overtime Monday and can climb back into a tie in the best-of-7 series with a win Wednesday at SAP Center (10:30 p.m. ET; USA, CBC, TVA Sports, FS-W, CSN-CA).

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Johnston: Quick was hero for Kings in Game 3

Goaltender made 29 saves, gave Los Angeles chance to win in OT at San Jose

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.

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Sharks won't shuffle lineup in Game 4

San Jose sticks with same combinations against Los Angeles

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

Game 4: KINGS AT SHARKS 

Western Conference First Round 

San Jose leads best-of-7 series 2-1 

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET; USA, CBC, TVAS, CSN-CA, FS-W 

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks, coming off a 2-1 overtime loss in Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Los Angeles Kings, will have the same lineup for Game 4 at SAP Center on Wednesday. 

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Quick gives Kings security blanket in goal

Has Los Angeles in position to tie series with Game 4 win at San Jose

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

SAN JOSE -- The Los Angeles Kings' security blanket was all the comfort they needed in a game they desperately needed to win against the San Jose Sharks in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round series.

"He was our best player, he made big saves at big moments," captain Dustin Brown said of Jonathan Quick, full-time starting goalie and part-time comfort provider. "Guys were playing hard in front of him and blocked a lot of shots, but he has the ability to elevate his game when we need him to in big games.

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