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Sharks beat Kings in OT, take 3-0 stranglehold on series

Apr 23, 2014, 1:25 AM EDT

A weird goal started it, and a weird goal ended it as well.

The San Jose Sharks stunned the Kings 4-3 in OT on Tuesday night, winning on the strength of a deflected Patrick Marleau backhander. With the victory, San Jose took a commanding 3-0 series lead over L.A.

Getting there wasn’t easy, however.

The Sharks were out-shot 5-1 in the extra frame and barely looked to be holding on before Marleau flipped the puck towards L.A.’s goal; Kings defenseman Slava Voynov proceeded to tip it past a stunned Jonathan Quick, who made a series of huge saves in the third period to get the game to OT and finished with 36 saves on 40 shots.

The finish was a gut-punch for the Kings, who rebounded from two sub-par efforts in San Jose to play their best game of the series at Staples. That’s not to say San Jose was dominated, however — Game 3 was by far the most competitive game of the series and easily the most exciting. Two two teams traded scoring chances, put 71 total shots on goal and continued to pound away at each other, combining for a staggering 98 hits.

As mentioned, the game was bookended by a pair of odd goals. Brent Burns opened the scoring on a weird one, lobbing home a fluttering puck past Quick to give San Jose a 1-0 lead, one the Sharks would hold until 4:48 into the second when Jarret Stoll scored his first of the series on the power play.

Three minutes after Stoll’s tally, Marian Gaborik scored a highlight-reel marker to give the Kings a 2-1 advantage, but the Sharks quickly fought back and tied it up less than three minutes later when rookie Matt Nieto scored his first-ever playoff goal.

The teams then exchanged goals again in the third — Jeff Carter‘s opening-minute tally was erased by Tomas Hertl‘s goal at the midway point — which sent the game into OT.

With the win, San Jose is now one step closer to exacting a measure of revenge on the Kings, who ousted the Sharks in seven games in last year’s playoffs. It also marked the first time the Sharks won at Staples in over two years.


  1. 950003cups - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    Big year for SJ. They’re going to the finals.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:36 AM

      They look amazing. Niemi is a wee bit inconsistent though but that depth and chemistry is scary.

      The Kings and Sutter are no slouch.

      The way they’re outplaying them is very impressive.

    • skr213 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:44 AM

      As a Sharks fan, I find this comment to be absurdly premature.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:30 AM

        I hear want you’re saying. I loved watching your franchise in it’s early years. I was a big Irbe fan. Out of all the teams they’ve beaten in the past ten year only to falter, what they’re doing to the Kings is the most impressive. I know the history and wish you guys the best and hope you finally get over that hump.

        Absurdly premature, agreed. Still impressive though.

      • tdaveniii - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        The skaters look amazing. I’m not ready to trust Niemi, and you never know if/when the injury bug will bite.

  2. trbowman - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    If there’s a team with the mental capacity to pull off a comeback from down 3-0, it’s the Kings. Ask Mike Richards.

    Sharks are too good though. I think the Kings force game five and the Sharks take it in the tank.

  3. sjsharks66 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    What a close game. At least Quick did not let in 10 goals this time! The Sharks have the Kings number and they know it.

    -Something about the Kings being Queens
    -Something about Quick not stopping a beach ball
    -Something about forever and always

    and last…

  4. sjsharksfan11 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    Suck it blomfeld. Today, tomorrow, and forever!!!!

    • canucks30 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:32 AM

      The LA ‘Kings’ appear as if they will be swept out of the first round of the ‘playoffs’. 😢 The ‘Kings’ 😢 star ‘players’ seem to have disappeared from this series. Mike Richards is probably too busy ‘partying’ (scoring blow) with Jeff ‘Carter’ and together they have been about as invisible as blomfeld’s ‘social life’ 😢. Meanwhile Jonathan ‘Quick’ has turned into the biggest playoff sieve since Dan Cloutier.

      Goalie Rankings:

      1. Antti Niemi
      2. Roberto Luongo

      31. Kelly Hrudey
      32. Jonathan ‘Quick’.

      Now time for the Elvis video!

      P.S. I have 10 different accounts on PHT, am a closet Canucks fan, and Roberto Luongo is my favourite NHL player.

      • canucks30 - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:03 AM

        Since blomfeld likes re-posting his own moronic comments:

        April 17, 2014 blomfeld said:

        So said a friend of mine (Meyer) only yesterday during a conversation which we were having about tonight’s opening game in SJ. I retorted to my friend that it might not be as easy as that for us Kings, to which he emphatically replied … “you just watch Blomfeld … … we’re gonna fill that stupid Shark’s net with rubber like it was a Good Year tire plant ! … yes sir ! … and then we’re gonna put the boots to that idiotic ‘plastic’ fish mouth which they’re so fond of skating out of !” …
        So could this be a ‘fishing’ expedition for us Kings ? … one sure hopes so eh ?
        GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • slysipops - Apr 23, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      come on keep it clean !

  5. trbowman - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    Also, so about me picking an LA/Boston final….LOL.

    The Kings were the biggest obstacle for the Sharks. I think they’d be my favorites in the West now. But they’re gonna have a helluva time trying to get to the finals nonetheless. Tough to call the west, bottom line.

    • pandorasdadca - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      Really? So The Ducks have nothing to say about that? If the Ducks get past the Stars, they’re a horrible match-up for San Jose. Which actually makes me root for a team from TX. I don’t like it.

      • tdaveniii - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:43 AM

        The Ducks, Stars, Blues and Blackhawks all are beastly.

  6. titansrbeast - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    What a win by the Fish! I really did not expect that at all after that onslaught to start OT. Way to send Johnny and the boys packin’ (almost) boys!

  7. slickvb82 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    I’m a Wild fan but love watching this Sharks team. I’d be surprised if they don’t make the finals. One question though, why in the hell is James Sheppard playing with Pavielski?! Has he been that good this year? He sucked ass for us!

    • skr213 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:47 AM

      Sheppard plays a really good gritty, all three zones kind of game. He doesn’t score much, but very defensively sound and adds a good physical element. I’d rather have him in there than Havlat (who has been watching this series from the press box thank god) or even Kennedy (who I like as well, but has also been watching from the press box).

    • thundabolt - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:49 AM

      Sheppard was the 3rd line Center when Hertl was hurt and they bumped up Pavelski along Thornton and Burns. Now that Hertl is back they’re easing Hertl back into the top line and Pavelski is centering Sheppard and Wingels. That’s why the Sharks are so deep with centers Thornton, Couture, and Pavelski. Along with the 4th line firing, it’s lethal.

      As far as him sucking in Minnesota, the Wild had a history of rushing prospects which hurt them. Look at Benoit Pouliot as further proof. Now they’ve gotten patient and players like Granlund and Coyle are actually ready when they make the jump.

      • slickvb82 - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:04 AM

        Thats a good point, we did rush some prospects along there for awhile. I always liked him, he just never panned out here so its good to see he’s found his game.

      • purpleguy - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:27 AM

        Didn’t Sheppard re-injure his knee in some sort of mountain ATV accident and tick off the Wild? I thought there was more to it than our former GM just failing to allow the guy’s talent to develop.

    • guitarisgood4u - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:53 AM

      I didn’t realize Sheppard was still in the league…

  8. r8rbhawk - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:53 AM

    Are there any other Kings fans that post on this site besides Blomfeld, or is he just the most popular/outspoken?

    • nightfireop - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:21 AM

      i just read the articles and very occassionally post. i try avoid posting comments as much as i can [even an article in favor of the kings] just cuz. so ur right, maybe blomfeld is the only “outspoken” kings fan, and unfortunately he makes the rest of us look bad cuz not all kings fans are like that.

  9. sanjosecupcrazy - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:58 AM


    Couldn’t happen to a bigger bunch of d-bags. Enjoy your offseason, Los Angeles. We’re going to take Ol’ Yeller out behind the barn on Thursday and put one in its ear.

    • canucks30 - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:05 AM

      • canucks30 - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:05 AM

        At least the Lakers are contend-…

        Oh wait.

      • r8rbhawk - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:12 AM

        I’m trying to decide if it is appropriate for a Canucks fan to post a comment regarding a riot. On one hand, clearly you have the expertise so perhaps you can use the riot footage to prepare for next time. Yet, on the other hand, this could appear as the pot calling the kettle black, which may come off as hypocritical. I guess I’ll let the 10 PHT posters and their multiple alter egos decide through the use of thumbs up or down.

      • canucks30 - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:44 AM

        To be clear, I am in no way affiliated with blomfeld or his multiple accounts. The above parodies were in response to his perpetual trolling of Canucks related posts on PHT and spam posts in which he rambles like Grampa Simpson.

        As for the idiots who riot in Vancouver and LA, there is a clear distinction…

        The Canucks rioters are more fun to laugh at

  10. sanjosecupcrazy - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:22 AM

    Fact of the matter, LA d-bags, did Raffi Torres not get taken out of the series last year when he was hit with Brendan Shanahanigans, we would have ended your run early last year too.

  11. chitown26 - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:34 AM

    I need to bring this up because I was shocked all game.

    What the HECK was up with the officiating of this game? It was so blatantly obvious that the refs had pocketed their whistles whenever a Kings player did anything wrong. I was absolutely shocked at some of the things they let the Kings get away with, including:

    – Couture getting hit from behind
    – High stick missed on some shark (forget who)
    – Stoll’s obviously hacky game
    – Quick holding Couture’s leg (wtf?!?)
    – Many shenanigans from King and Regher all game long

    And then giving the sharks penalties for a phantom high stick in the first period, and burns playing rough in the corner but within the consistent boundaries from the game.

    How can refs get away with this? It was so pathetic and obvious. Felt dirty to me, and I’m a general NHL fan, I watch every playoff game and enjoy hockey immensely … but this was just terrible.


    • imgoingtowichita - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:07 AM

      Keep away from any game Montreal plays going forward then. It will blow your mind!!!

    • skr213 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      I’m fine with the refs holding on to their whistles a little more this time of year.

  12. aldog83 - Apr 23, 2014 at 3:00 AM

    Sharks have been to fast and are finishing on offense.

    Kings look slow in SJ but looked much better tonight.

    (RE: Kings fan postings…I posted on the SUTTER article)

    Sharks are rolling 4 lines with guys on all lines putting the puck in the net.

    They are rolling like the 2012 KINGS. with much more firepower, They will need it as I don’t think NIEMI will steal games nightly like QUICK. (NIEMI won cup with a amazing scoring team in Chicago..KANE, TOEWS, HOSSA, SHARP etc)

    I’m not really a trash talker and love hockey.

    I realize the Sharks are the better team.


    The best team does not always win the series.

    It may end in game 4 or 5….

    but if it reaches 6 or 7,,,,,

    I think even the Sharks would be worried. (I know I felt that way in 2012 vs New Jersey after playing game 6 up 3-0)

    Let’s See what happens…

    As far as Sharks fans go…..It’s in the bag!!!!! Right?

    • machosasquatcho - Apr 23, 2014 at 3:05 AM

      Shut the hell up, blomfeld.

  13. antkowiak666 - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    blomfeld – Apr 21, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    *** on the quarter deck aboard HMS Surprise somewhere in the Pacific ***

    Captain Blomfeld: right lads, the shark appears to have taken the bait … so every man to his station with ‘quick’ being the word and ‘sharp’ being the eye ! … we’ve managed to draw this fish in close and now we’re going to turn him into sushi !

    Crew Members: hurrah ! .. hurrah ! .. hurrah ! :) :) :)


    Friends, the bottom line is that we’ve got these Liberace-listening tropical fish ‘exactly’ where we want them ! … all cocky, fat, primed and ‘ready’ for the taking ! In fact, the good Lord himself couldn’t have prepared a better a better script, as such will be or ‘complete & utter’ joy once we’ve put these fools to rest ! So to your posts friends and ‘make ready’ if you please ? :)

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    antkowiak666 – Apr 22, 2014 at 12:47 PM
    i wonder what blomfeld will be saying tomorrow morning if the so called”sushi”devour the Kings once again??

    4 1

  14. antkowiak666 - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Dustin Brown 0 goals<Tomas Hertl 2 goals:)

    • nightfireop - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      well in fairness it’s like comparing apples and oranges, brown is a power-forward while hertl from this year alone looks like a dynamic goalscorer. i sure hope a goalscorer would have more goals than a power forward. still though, one can say that hertl has as many goals as say….trevor lewis (a 3rd line 2-way player).

      but yes i agree, hertl has come back swinging since his injury and he’s making good use of his time and ability since post-recovery.

  15. Professor Fate - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Looks like it might just finally be the Sharks’ year. Congrats on being on the brink of going to the next round for a change. Nice to see all the new Sharks fans coming out of the woodwork and gloating about their team. A few names I’ve never seen on here.

    The Kings pretty much did themselves in by not being ready to match the Sharks’ intensity and desire. It helps to have years of frustration and failure on your side to motivate you. The big issue will be if the Sharks can generate this level of play when the opposing team doesn’t have “L.A.” on the front of their sweaters.

  16. pirovash88 - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    My god, Sharks fans love sucks Blomfeld’s **** on here, about 50% of the posts are in regard to him..

    A couple of lucky bounces by the Sharks and they got the win, simple as that.

    Anyone thinking it’s the “Shark’s Year” is insane, only 3 games in, there’s no way to tell. Seriously, 8 straight postseason appearances and nothing but disappointments, you’d think most of you would be smarter than that.

    • tunesguy - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      Are those Sharks’ “disappointments” anything like LA’s 45 years in existence without winning the Cup??

  17. tdaveniii - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Did Rafi skate off limping late in the 2nd period? He and Brown only had 8 or 9 minutes of ice time in Game 3. Pretty ineffective, overall in Game 3. Hope Rafi is feeling okay!

  18. sharksman - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Long way to go , even if the sharks can win game 4
    Happy with the series so far but it is far from over
    Keep it up
    oops have to keep it short my mom is coming into the basement and needs the computer lol

  19. slysipops - Apr 23, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    with the changing of some names and words…..COULD THIS ANSWER QESTIONS PEOPLE HAVE ABOUT BLOMFELD ?? ……………

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