The San Jose Sharks made it a series with the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 at HP Pavilion in San Jose on Saturday night. Logan Couture was gutsy, Antti Niemi was stellar, and Kings coach Darryl Sutter was the dictator (because "king" would be too clever!) of facial expression. It was an exciting game that went into everyone's favorite, Stanley Cup Playoff overtime, and we have it all broken down for you in GIF form. As always, you're welcome.
Early on, the Sharks were looking to break an 0-for-7 string on the power play to start the series. A good idea for curing that? Have Joe Thornton win a faceoff to Patrick Marleau, and then have him give it to Dan Boyle.
Kings rookie Tyler Toffoli tied the game nine minutes later, and there was no scoring for the next 50 minutes.
You might think that might label the game as unentertaining? Not so, especially when you've got Kings coach Darryl Sutter to look at for the rest of the game. Why, we couldn't just pick one Sutter-face, we had to show you the best of them.
The "Suspicious Darryl"
The "Party in the U.S.A."
And finally... The "REMIX!"
Jonathan Quick was his typical stellar self, though he did cause a bit of trouble for himself on this play.
Antii Niemi was great as well, though getting a piledriver from Trevor Lewis didn't make his job very easy. Good block, Dan Boyle!
Remember when we talked about how Logan Couture came back? Glad you did! Here's his game-winner at 1:29 of overtime on the power play.
It was Couture's fourth of the playoffs, and it guaranteed the Sharks at least a return trip to Los Angeles, as it cut the Kings' series lead to 2-1. San Jose is halfway to holding serve completely on home ice, however, and that is one of the most important factors in winning a best-of-seven series, especially for the team that gets one fewer home game.