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San Jose Sharks rally from four-goal deficit to stun Kings in OT, 6-5

Ryane Clowe and Dany Heatley tie up the game to end the second period.  The San Jose Sharks spotted the LA Kings four goals before they started their comeback to win in OT, 6-5 Tuesday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Ryane Clowe and Dany Heatley tie up the game to end the second period. The San Jose Sharks spotted the LA Kings four goals before they started their comeback to win in OT, 6-5 Tuesday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.© R. Allan Schnoor

The LA Kings took a four-goal lead just seconds into the second period causing San Jose Coach Todd McLellan to change goalies, replacing Antti Niemi with Antero Niittymaki.

Joe Pavelski celebrates after beating Jonathan Quick
Joe Pavelski celebrates after beating Jonathan Quick© R. Allan Schnoor

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.

Logan Couture, another goal by Clowe, and a Joe Pavelski slapshot would gain the tie, 5-5, before period’s end.

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.”

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