LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 19: The San Jose Sharks celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Kings 6-5 in overtime 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)

Sharks Vs. Kings, Game 4: San Jose Puts Los Angeles On Brink Of Elimination With 6-3 Win

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Sharks Vs. Kings, Game 4: Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski, And Torrey Mitchell Ices Game For San Jose; Wins 6-3

The San Jose Sharks had a one goal lead heading into the third period against the Los Angeles Kings. They finished the period with a three goal lead as Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski, and Torrey Mitchell each score to give San Jose a 6-3 win over the Kings. 

Thornton scored 2:28 into the period as Patrick Marleau occupied both of the Kings defenders behind the net which allowed Thornton to come to the front of the net and easily beat Jonathan Quick. Joe Pavelski scored 56 seconds later for the Sharks second goal of the period. After an offensive delay, Torrey Mitchell scored at the 11:42 mark of the third as he was able to deflect a loose rebound into the net. 

The Kings were able to close the gap down to three goals at the 13:11 mark of the third as Alexei Ponikarovsky tipped a Jack Johnson shot past San Jose goaltender Antti Niemi. The lone goal was just too little, too late for the Kings though. 

The Kings outshot the Sharks 12-4 in the third period and 38-27 overall in the game. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick with only 21 saves in the losing effort while Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi made 35 saves in the win. 

The Kings will try and stave off elimination Saturday night in Game 5. For more information on this game, please visit our Kings site, Jewels From The Crown, and our Sharks site, Fear The Fin. For more information on the series, visit our series page

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Sharks Vs. Kings, Game 4: Three San Jose Second Period Goals Gives Them 3-2 Lead

Thus far in the Sharks and Kings playoff series, there have been a total of 25 goals scored between the two teams. 16 of those goals have come in the second period. The two teams combined for five total goals which led to a Sharks 3-2 lead after forty minutes. 

The Sharks got the scoring started with two goals within two minutes of each other while skating four on four. Ryan Clowe scored at the 3:58 mark of the second and then Jason Demers scored 1:14 later to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead. Ryan Clowe's second goal of the game, on the powerplay, ultimately gives the Sharks a 3-0 lead over the Kings. 

The Kings took a timeout to compose themselves and probably discuss that they were in the same situation the Sharks are in during Game 3. Brad Richardson scored 1:30 after that timeout to give the Kings their first goal of the game. Justin Williams scored five minutes later to bring the Sharks lead down to one goal. 

The Kings outshot the Sharks 17-10 in the second period and are outshooting the Sharks 26-23 overall in the game. If any of the other games in this series have taught us anything though, its that this game is far from over. 

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Sharks Vs. Kings, Game 4: Penalty Killers Contribute To Scoreless First

The San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings have each had their chance to work with a 5 on 3 powerplay in the first period of their Game 4 matchup. Neither team was able to capitalize on it though as the game is still scoreless after completing the first period. 

The Sharks had the first and best five on three powerplay in the first period after Dustin Brown and Matt Greene each went to the penalty box for slashing. The Sharks were on the five on three for 1:22 and while they couldn't score on the two man advantage, they did generate a handful of shots on goal on Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick. 

The Kings five on three powerplay was far shorter, a total of 13 seconds, but they did have their chance on an extended powerplay as Dan Boyle went off for hooking and Ian White went off for tripping. The Kings were able to generate some chances on the powerplay, but really didn't get any good scoring chances on Antti Niemi. 

The Sharks outshot the Kings 13-9 in the first period and both teams are looking to score that pivotal first goal in this game. 

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Sharks Vs. Kings, Game 4: Can L.A. Bounce Back From Devastating Loss?

One of the fantastic things we've learned in these 2011 NHL playoffs is that no lead is safe, and that was never more evident than in Game 3 between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings.

Devin Setoguchi topped off a ridiculous Sharks comeback with an OT goal as San Jose went on to the 6-5 win, absolutely devastating the Kings in the process and grabbing back home-ice advantage to boot. 

Antti Niemi was pulled in Game 3 as Los Angeles jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first 21 minutes of the game, but he'll get the start again on Thursday night in Game 4. He'll be up against Jonathan Quick for the Kings. The key for L.A., as they try to avoid a 3-1 series deficit, will be to keep their composure. After the debacle in the last game, they need to quickly learn some lessons and get back into gear. 

If they use the huge loss as motivation, we could easily have a series on our hands heading back to San Jose for Game 5. If not, it'll be obvious what the turning point in this series was.

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