Sharks Win OT Game 3 Thriller

Sharks Rally for 6-5 OT win in L.A.

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 19: The San Jose Sharks celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Kings 6-5 in overtime of game three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on April 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

    Devin Setoguchi scored 3:09 into overtime to give the San Jose Sharks a 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Kings, who blew a four-goal lead, in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series on Tuesday night.

    The Sharks lead the series 2-1, with Game 4 at Staples Center on Thursday.

    Setoguchi’s wrist shot beat Jonathan Quick to cap the Sharks’ rally from a 4-0 deficit in the second period, when the teams combined for seven goals.

    After the offensive barrage in the second period, both teams failed to convert scoring chances in the third, when there were no penalties.

    It was the Sharks’ second overtime win of the series. They won the opener 3-2.

    Antero Nittymaki stopped 11 shots after replacing Antti Niemi, who was pulled early in the second after the Kings scored their fourth consecutive goal.

    Quick made 30 saves for the Kings, who had no shots in overtime when the Sharks had two.

    Patrick Marleau triggered three straight goals by the Sharks in the second when he tipped in a shot at 3:08 for his first point of the playoffs.

    San Jose’s Ryane Clowe scored the game’s lone power-play goal to make it 4-2. The puck went off Willie Mitchell’s left hand and into the net at 6:53. Logan Couture pulled the Sharks to 4-3 with a shot that found the upper right corner of the net at 13:32.

    The Kings answered 5 seconds later, with Ryan Smyth’s goal at 13:37 keeping them ahead 5-3.

    Then the Sharks scored 54 seconds apart to tie the game at 5-all. With Quick pulled wide right, Clowe found plenty of open space for a shot on the left side at 18:35. Joe Pavelski’s shot hit the right post and went in with 31 seconds left in the second period, when the Sharks outshot the Kings 18-8.

    Mitchell and rookie Kyle Clifford scored 13 seconds apart during a three-goal first period for the Kings.