Sharks 2, Kings 1 (OT)

Ross McKeon, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Logan Couture's power-play goal at 1:29 of overtime gave the San Jose Sharks a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 on Saturday night at HP Pavilion.
The victory cut the Kings' lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal to 2-1. Game 4 is set for Tuesday night.
The teams played a high-energy third period that was scoreless, but the Kings committed two late-regulation penalties that set up a five-on-three power play for the Sharks.
First, Los Angeles defenseman Robyn Regehr hooked Tommy Wingels at 19:18 as the San Jose forward was cutting in front of the net with the puck. Then, Kings penalty-killing forward Trevor Lewis went off at 19:55 for goaltender interference when Los Angeles bungled a two-on-one short-handed break.
The Sharks got hit by the injury bug early and often in the second period.
Defenseman Scott Hannan spun and hit his head on the end boards after diving in anticipation of a shot late on a Kings power play that carried over from the first period. Hannan missed several shifts before returning mid-period.
Martin Havlat, appearing for the first time since getting injured in Game 1 of San Jose's sweep of Vancouver, didn't return for the second period after skating six shifts and 4:52 of the opening period.
And Couture hobbled off at 4:20 but returned to skate the final 27 seconds of the period. San Jose was already playing without regulars Raffi Torres (suspension) and Adam Burish (hand).
The Sharks killed both Los Angeles power plays in the period -- surrendering three shots total. And the hosts put on a big push in the final 10 minutes that went unrewarded. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick made a great right pad save on a point-blank shot by Andrew Desjardins at 14:48.
The Sharks converted an early power play but went into the first intermission knotted 1-1 after a giveaway at mid-period led to the tying goal.
San Jose needed only four seconds to convert its first power play of the series after seven failures during the first two games in L.A. Defenseman Dan Boyle's one-timer from the blue line slipped through a Joe Thornton screen after Joe Pavelski won a faceoff to Patrick Marleau and the Sharks led 1-0 for the first time in three games at 1:34.
But Brad Stuart's intended pass to defense partner Hannan was picked off by Kings forward Tyler Toffoli, whose backhand shot at 10:08 eluded Sharks goalie Antti Niemi to tie it.
NOTES: The league fined the Sharks $100,000 for public comments by GM Doug Wilson regarding the recent suspension of forward Raffi Torres. They were assessed a $25,000 fine for making statements to the media during the 48-hour period following a disciplinary decision and an additional $75,000 due to the inappropriate nature of the comments. Torres was suspended for the remainder of the series on Thursday for a hit that injured Kings center Jarret Stoll in Game 1. ... Havlat returned to the Sharks' lineup for the first time since he was injured against Vancouver during the opener of a four-game sweep of the Canucks. Havlat played left wing on a third line centered by Scott Gomez and flanked on the right by Tommy Wingels. ... Two changes for the Kings after Game 2: Keaton Ellerby replaced Alec Martinez on the blue line and winger Tanner Pearson was in for Jordan Nolan on the fourth line. ... The Sharks are 0 of 9 all time when dropping the first two games of a playoff series.

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