LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 19: Ryane Clowe #29 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates a goal against the Los Angeles Kings in the second period of game three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on April 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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Sharks Vs. Kings, Game 3: Wild First Two Periods Lead To Scoreless Third As Los Angeles And San Jose Head To Overtime

After a seven-goal third period that featured an epic comeback, up and down plays and almost anything you could throw at a hockey fan, the third period of Game 3 of this Western Conference Quarterfinal went scoreless. The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks, tied 1-1 in the series, are tied 5-5 after 60 minutes of this one, with the next goal meaning mountains of momentum in this series. 

Both teams had periods of great chances in the third period. The Sharks were coming hard in the beginning of the period, to be turned away nine times by Jonathan Quick. Meanwhile, the Kings were very good in between, though they only got five shots on goal. Antero Niittymaki - who came into the game for Antii Niemi at 44 seconds of the second period - stopped all five shots and looked pretty ready to be there. The teams were unable to put a goal in by the end of the third.

This is perhaps the most nerve-wracking game I've ever seen featuring a team that I didn't have a rooting interest in. This game already seems to have the makings of a playoff classic. If the Sharks win, it will be only the third time in Stanley Cup Playoff history that a team has come back from four or more goals down, and the first time since the Minnesota North Stars in 1985. For the love all things good in sports, stay tuned!


Sharks Vs. Kings, Game 3: San Jose Comes Back To Tie It 5-5 At The End Of A Wild Second Period

Seven goals, four minor penalties and what is shaping up to be a comeback for personified the second period between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks. After going up 4-0, the Sharks scored three straight. Another Kings goal set it at 5-3, but a furious San Jose attack toward the end of the period got the Sharks tied again. It is 5-5 at the end of two periods in Game 3 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series. It is bizarre to even attempt to describe all the goals in this period, so we'll just do so in bunches.

44 seconds in, the end of an 8-0 Kings run in this series with a goal from Brad Richardson on a wicked snapper. Antii Niemi was pulled after giving up 6 goals on 10 shots. It was the fourth consecutive goal the Kings had gotten, and none of them came from any of their top-end offensive players. Momentum, however, was about to take a massive swing.

Then the Sharks started getting things in gear, with Antii Niittymaki in goal. Patrick Marleau got one on a tip-in of a Dan Boyle shot to make it 4-1 at 3:08. Ryan Clowe's power play wrister got it to 4-2. A great pass from Ian White to Logan Couture put it at 4-3. The building's tension could be felt even watching on television.

The Kings seemingly got their momentum back on the next rush. Jarret Stoll and Ryan Smyth came in on a rush, with Stoll getting it to Smyth for the tip-in. It was the veteran forward's first goal of the post-season, and seemed like the type of goal that would calm things down. Wrong one again.

The Sharks poured it on, throwing everything they had at Los Angeles at the end of the period. They pummeled Jonathan Quick with shots, and finally, Ryan Clowe broke through for his second of the game at 18:35. Dan Boyle, who'd been playing a ridiculously bad game until then, set it up. Just 55 seconds later, after another Sharks flurry, who else but Joe Pavelski ended up tying it? The period ended 5-5. 

Only nine periods in NHL history have seen more goals than the seven in this one. The record is nine. The period, which had started with some people likely thinking about changing the channel, has turned into what may be the most epic finish to an NHL playoff game in decades. Stay tuned.


Sharks Vs. Kings, Game 3: LA Dominates With 3-0 Lead After First Period

Well, other than the Detroit Red Wings last night, it is hard to think of a better start a team has had during the first week of these Stanley Cup Playoffs than the one the Los Angeles Kings have had tonight. They lead the San Jose Sharks 3-0 after one period of play in Game 3 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series at Staples Center in a notedly riotous Los Angeles. 

It started early on, when Trevor Lewis found Willie Mitchell breaking down the wing to get a wrister on Niemi that went in at 2:26. It was yet another goal from the Los Angeles defense in this series, as Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson have both struck in this series. Not only did they get it from a second-or-third pairing defenseman, but the assists came from their fourth liners in Trevor Lewis and Kevin Westgarth to make it 1-0. 

13 seconds later, a trip of bottom six forwards struck again. Brad Richardson found Kyle Clifford, who's slick backhander made it 2-0 in all of 2:39 into the game. The crowd was nuts, very un-Kenny G-like, in the wake of comments of a San Jose columnist who compared San Jose crowd to Metallica. Do Sharks fans shop at Armani too?

The Kings had a chance to really put it away early, when Nicholas Wallin went off for high-sticking Michal Handzus. at 4:46. It was a four-minute double minor, in an aspect of the game that the Kings have had success on in this series. However, the Sharks were able to kill it off and try to build some momentum. They were unable to get much going throughout the period, failing in one power play and only getting 7 shots on Jonathan Quick. 

Los Angeles made the lead even bigger late in the period. Dustin Penner skate in on an abbreviated 2-on-1 with Michal Handzus. Penner had to make a back-pass by a defenseman to get it over, but he did. Handzus buried it past Antii Niemi for his first of the post-season at 18:22. The Kings have now scored seven consecutive goals in this series. 

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