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Live Game 3 Blog -- Sharks vs. Kings

by Tony Khing / San Jose Sharks
FIRST OVERTIME


3:09 -- SHARKS SCORE...SHARKS WIN!!! Devin Setoguchi scores the overtime winner. Marleau passes it from the left wing to Setoguchi driving up the middle and Setoguchi throws it by Quick for the game winner!!! Sharks 6, Kings 5. Sharks take a 2-1 series lead. Wallin started the play from the Sharks end as he got the puck to Marleau. This is the fourth time in NHL history that a team has rallied for a deficit of four or more goals to win!!!

THIRD PERIOD

QUICK NOTES/COMMENTS: Sharks outshot the Kings in the period, 9-5. San Jose is leading the Kings in this category overall, 34-22. Cowe and Marleau lead the Sharks with five shots each. By the way, the 11 goals that will be scored in this game will set a franchise record for most goals by both teams in a road playoff game. If you're watching the game, you've noticed that both teams have shortened their benches, utilizing just their first three lines. As for the Sharks, Scott Nichol will get a little more run than his linemates (Ben Eager and Jamal Mayers) because he's solid in the faceoff circle. There's got to be lots of Gatorade in both locker rooms. It's important for both teams to be well hydrated and if this game keeps on going, they're going to need energy-type foods, like bananas.

20:00 -- There have been many memorable postseason games in the 20-year history of the San Jose Sharks. Include tonight's game as one of those. After 60 minutes, we're tied 5-5.

14:12 -- Sharks get a great scoring chance. Thornton carries the puck down the right wing and sees Douglas Murray going down the middle. Thornton gets him the puck and Murray's shot is stopped by Quick. Right fundamentals, but Quick did his job. The best offense right now for the Kings is their defense.

12:19 -- This is slowly becoming a one-goal game -- meaning the next goal wins. Still, both teams are staying out of the box and haven't made any costly mistakes. In the second period, the Sharks outshot Los Angeles, 18-8. So far in the third, the Kings are outshooting San Jose...3-2!

6:05 -- Both teams will play this will one very close. They will try not to take any penalties and try not to make any careless mistakes. We say that because the first six-plus minutes have gone very quickly and the score is still tied. This could be a one-goal game...

MORE NOTES: The five goals is the most the Sharks have scored in a Game 3 on the road in franchise history. They scored six at San Jose in the 2002 Western Conference Semifinals against Colorado...The five goals are the most the Sharks have scored in a playoff game since they had five in the Western Conference Quarterfinal-clinching Game 6 against Colorado last year. The most they scored in the 2010 Playoffs was six in Game 2 of the WCQF against the Avalanche.

SECOND PERIOD

QUICK COMMENTS/NOTES: At the end of the first, we said that the Sharks needed to score on the power play (done) and had to grab the momentum (done). Puck possession was key for the Sharks in the second period. Part of the Kings strategy in this series was to keep the puck away from San Jose. Well, on the goal scored by Clowe, the Sharks kept the puck for a very long time. The result? That goal by Clowe. As for numbers: Sharks are outshooting Los Angeles, 25-17. Patrick Marleau and Ryane Clowe each have four shots to pace the Sharks..

20:00 -- Well, the Sharks are in Los Angeles and very close to Hollywood. Who wrote this one? San Jose scores five in the period on the road, breaking the record of four which was tied three times previously, and now we'vve got a new game with the Sharks and Kings tied at 5-5.

:29 -- TIE SCORE!!! Joe Paveski (surprise?) gets the puck in the slot and with Drew Doughty all over him flips one over Jonathan Quick to TIE THE SCORE AT 5-5.
Ian White and Torrey Mitchell get the helpers.

18:35 -- Puck possession helps. San Jose keeps the puck in the Kings end which seems like forever. Dan Boyle passes cross-ice to an open Ryane Clowe in the left slot and he scores to put the Sharks down by one, 5-4.
Dany Heatley gets the other assist.

13:47 -- The Kings respond. Jarret Stoll drives the left wing, backhands one to Ryan Smyth in front of the net and the Kings go up 5-3. Jack Johnson gets the second assist. Smyth gets his first of the series.

13:32 -- 4-on-4 hockey and Logan Couture gets a pass from Ian White and scores. White was on the left wing boards and went cross-ice to get it to Couture. San Jose has scored three consecutive goals and they're back in this thing, 4-3, Los Angeles. Niclas Wallin gets the second assist. Couture scores his second of the playoffs.


12:32 -- Devin Setoguchi gets called for slashing. So much for the power play.

QUICK NOTES: Jason Demers has six hits and the Sharks have won 71 percent of their faceoffs. Sharks are outshooting Los Angeles in the period, 9-5.

12:08 -- Matt Greene to the box for interference. Power play for San Jose when play resumes.

11:35 -- Sharks kill the penalty. No shots on the power play for the Kings.

9:35 -- Jason Demers is off to the box for hooking. San Jose has slowly built back some momentum. This will be a key penalty kill for the Sharks.

QUICK NOTES: San Jose has won 67 percent of their faceoffs. Joe Thornton has won eight of his 10 draws!

6:53 -- Nine is devine! Ryane Clowe scores on the power play as he takes a pass from Logan Couture and puts one on the ice from the right side. His shot deflects off Willie Mitchell, who was trying to block the shot. Clowe gets his first and Couture and Jason Demers get the assists. Los Angeles 4, San Jose 2.


5:10 -- Dustin Penner gets called for roughing. San Jose goes on the power play. Will their ninth try with the man advantage be devine?

4:59 -- As the whistle blows, Wayne Simmonds, Kyle Clifford, Ryane Clowe and Dany Heatley get to know each other off to the right of the net. Oh, no penalties. This came after Logan Couture threw the puck at the net and went after his own rebound.

3:08 -- Jonathan Quick is solved. Dan Boyle fakes a slap shot from the left point, passes it to Patrick Marleau in the right slot and scores. Los Angeles 4, San Jose 1. Marleau gets his first goal of the playoffs. Matt Greene was covering Marleau, but left him to go after someone in the center slot. This is the first Sharks goal since Joe Pavelski scored the overtime winner in Game 1. Joe Thornton gets the second assist.


:44 -- Brad Richardson steals the puck from Ian White on the left wing boards in the Sharks end, goes near the top of the circle and puts a wrister past Niemi. Antero Niittymaki now in the nets. Los Angeles 4, San Jose 0. Goal is unassisted. This is Niittymaki's third postseason game. Richardson scores his first goal of the playoffs.


0:00 -- Old-time hockey here. Only tthe two end scoreboards have working clocks. If you're at the game in Los Angeles, look at the boards behind the nets.

FIRST PERIOD

QUICK COMMENTS/NOTES: Kings outshoot San Jose, 9-7. Hits came close to even (San Jose 15, Los Angeles 14). San Jose won the faceoff battle, 55 percent to 45 percent. As we go into the second period, the Sharks need to grab that momentum, one way or the other. If they get a power play chance, they need to get a goal (they're 0-for-8 in this series). Yes, it's hard to comeback when down by three goals, especially in the other team's barn, but the Sharks have shown character through the season.

20:00 -- After a slight problem with the clock, the period comes to an end. Kings 3, San Jose 0.

18:22 -- Michal Handzus gets a pass in the slot from Dustin Penner, who was on the left wing and puts it past Niemi. Dustin Brown gets the second assist. Los Angeles 3, San Jose 0. It's the first goal of the playoffs for Handzus.


15:16 -- Kings kill the penalty. They were fourth in the NHL in the PK this season.

13:14 -- Willie Mitchell is going to the box for tying up Dany Heatley (hooking). Sharks go on their first power play. Can you say "time for a momentum swing"? The Kings have killed San Jose's first seven power play chances in this series.

10:16 - Jason Demers has four hits! Kings outshooting San Jose, 6-3.

8:47 -- Sharks kill a four-minute power play by the Kings. Right now, momentum is on the side of the Kings. A solid penalty kill could start the proverbial ball rolling...

4:46 -- Michal Handzus gets a stick in the face courtesy of Niclas Wallin. Four minutes for the high stick. Kings were 2-for-6 on Saturday in Game 2.

2:39 -- Kyle Clifford gets a tap from in front of the net as Brad Richardson threw the puck at the crease. Kevin Westgarth gets the second assist. Los Angeles 2, San Jose 0. The goal is Clifford's second of the postseason.

2:23 -- Willie Mitchell scores his first of the playoffs as he takes a pass from Trevor Lewis and scores on a wrister from the left wing. Kevin Westgarth gets the second assist. Los Angeles 1, San Jose 0.


PREGAME

Hello and welcome to tonight's Game 3 blog of the WCQF between San Jose and Los Angeles.

We'll get you the starters and the goaltenders as soon as we can. However, we can tell you that defenseman Kent Huskins and forward Jamie McGinn participated in the pregame skate! What does that mean? Maybe nothing. Maybe something. We'll soon see. Based on the boldface notation below, it meant NOTHING.

LONE LINEUP CHANGE: Ian White will play tonight. Justin Braun won't be in the lineup.

REFEREES: Eric Furlatt, Wes McCauley
LINESMEN: Jay Sharrers, Mark Wheler

THINGS TO KNOW
San Jose is 14-10 all-time in Gane 3 situations, 7-7 on the road...The Kings were 25-13-3 at Staples Center this season.
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