Do or Die (Again) Tonight for Sharks

Scary moments in San Jose, but the Sharks live to play another day beating the Ducks 3-2 in OT, forcing a Game Six tonight in Anaheim.

In the past 22 seasons, 19 of 174 teams down three games to one in an NHL Playoffs series have comeback to win that series. That's roughly 9-percent of the time.

The Sharks have been down 3-to-1 twice before -- both times to Dallas (2000 and 2008, where it was at first a 3-zip Stars lead) and both times they lost the series.

But, San Jose has been full of suprises all season, so heading into Game Six, you can't rule out that 9-percent rule.

Saturday night, at 6:02 into the extra period, Sharks captain Patrick Marleau snuck the game winner past Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller sending the series back to Orange County.

The Sharks took the first lead of the game as Joe Thornton was on the doorstep to jam home a power play goal at 7:25 of the first period.

Ryan Getzlaf was in the box for Hooking leading to Thornton's goal assited by Marleau and Rob Blake.

San Jose brought a frenzied pace to the ice in the first period and had 11 shots on goal to Anaheim's five.

Devin Setoguchi scored his first goal of the playoffs late in the second period by sniping one past Hiller giving San Jose a two goal lead.

But, the first few minutes of the third period were a disaster for San Jose.

Ryan Carter broke the Anaheim scoring drought with goal 55 seconds in and then at 4:42 Corey Perry streaked to the Sharks net and slammed the equalizer past Evgeni Nabokov.

Yet, the adversity set up Marleau's heriocs which might end up defining this series.

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