It worked, as Niittymaki would only allow one more goal and the Sharks would score five second-period goals to stun the LA Kings.
Both teams played a conservative, scoreless, third period with limited chances sending the game into OT where Devin Setoguchi would score the game-winner at 3:09.
It started out one-sided with the Kings scoring two goals in the first 2:39 minutes into the game and adding another just before the end of the period at 18:22.
They opened the second period as they started the game scoring just :44 in to the session causing Coach Todd McLellan to give Antti Niemi the rest of the night off.
The Sharks finally got on the board at 3:08 of the second when Patrick Marleau’s slapshot blast got past Jonathan Quick for the first of five goals in the period for the Sharks. Ryane Clowe provided the second goal 3:47 seconds later to gain momentum.
Ryan Smyth would score for the only Kings’ goal in the second, and last for the game, beating Niitymaki on the left side at 13:47.
Devin Setoguchi answered the call for the come-from-behind victory to give the Sharks the improbable win.
The Sharks now lead the series 2-1 with confidence going into Thursday’s game at the Staples Center as the Kings will have to regroup.
“It stings right now. We got to let it go right away,” Matt Greene iterated after the game.
For the Sharks, Devin Setoguchi summed it up, “It’s definitely a confidence booster for us, but come Thursday, they’ll be ready to avenge this game.”