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Kings vs. Sharks, 2016 NHL playoff results: San Jose puts Los Angeles on the brink of elimination

A potent power play has the Sharks one win away from moving on.

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The Sharks deadly power play lifted San Jose past the Kings in a 3-2 victory. The series heads back to Los Angeles with the Sharks holding a 3-1 series lead and a chance to eliminate their southern California rivals.

Goaltender Martin Jones made 26 saves in the nail-biter of a game.

Though the first period held no goals, the action between the two teams was par for the course of this series so far, with the Sharks outshooting the Kings 11-8 in the first 20.

San Jose broke out in the second with a pair of power play goals. Brent Burns found the back of the net for his second goal of the series off a no-look cross-ice pass from Joel Ward that beat Jonathan Quick with a blocker side tally.

Sharks captain Joe Pavelski doubled the lead for San Jose seven minutes later. Joe Thornton found Pavelski in front of the net after good puck movement through the offensive zone on the power play and the captain's one-timer hit net behind Quick.

The Kings almost put themselves out of it after taking an ill-advised penalty early in the third, which allowed the Sharks power play to set up once again. Patrick Marleau was given space in front of Quick on the man advantage, where he put home a backhander that put the Sharks up 3-0.

Los Angeles immediately responded with a deflection goal from Trevor Lewis on Luke Schenn's shot from the point to make it 3-1. The goal was challenged for goaltender interference, but there wasn't enough evidence to overturn the call.

One-man show Schenn tried to keep the Kings alive with his second goal four minutes later that goaltender Jones couldn't see to bring it back to within one for Los Angles.

A furious final moments saw the puck in the Sharks end often, but Jones was able to shut the door with 10 saves in the third period to keep it 3-2.