LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 21: Devin Setoguchi #16 of the San Jose Sharks is hit by Alexei Ponikarovsky #27 of the Los Angeles Kings in game four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on April 21, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Ryane Clowe scored two goals, Jason Demers added another in the second period and the San Jose Sharks beat the Los Angeles Kings 6-3 on Thursday night to take a 3-1 lead in the first-round series.
Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski scored in a 54-second span early in the third and Torrey Mitchell followed with his first goal of the playoffs to extend the Sharks’ lead.
They return to San Jose for Game 5 on Saturday night having swept the Kings on their home ice.
The Kings had a 5-on-3 for much of the final 3 minutes after Dany Heatley was penalized for cross-checking and Scott Nichol got a 10-minute misconduct, but they failed to convert.
The frustrated Kings got two 10-minute misconducts themselves in the closing seconds.
The teams combined for five goals in the second—two fewer than they scored in the middle period in Game 3, when the Kings blew a four-goal lead to lose 6-5 in their second overtime defeat of the series.