|Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on May 19, 2013 at 12:30 AM|
Saturday night's contest was "Must Win" for the San Jose Sharks, a loss would put the team in a deep 3-0 hole against the defending Stanley Cup Champion, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose's season would certainly be over with in LA victory.
Luckily, for the San Jose Sharks the power play was working in Game 3. Just after the ice was cleaned to start the game at 1:34 Dan Boyle caches the first of two crucial powerplay goals on the night for San Jose.
Midway through the first frame, surprising rookie, Tyler Toffoli jumps on turnover and beats sharks goaltender, Antti Niemi using a sneaky Backhand.
For the rest of regulation the goaltending matchup was the story. The San Jose Sharks were given every opportunity to win the game late. As was the case in Game 2, a Los Angeles Kings win, a 5-on-3 advantage drastically altered the outcome of this contest this time in favor of the San Jose Sharks.
Couture's goal came 11 seconds after a 5-on-3 power play expired. Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr was called for hooking Tommy Wingels in the Los Angeles zone with 42 seconds left in regulation, and Trevor Lewis was penalized for goaltender interference after running over Antti Niemi with five seconds left.
Couture, who missed much of the second period with an apparent leg injury, took a pass from Patrick Marleau in the slot and roofed San Jose's 40th shot of the night past goaltender Jonathan Quick to cut the Kings' lead in the best-of-7 series to 2-1. The Sharks can get even by winning Game 4 on Tuesday night (10 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS).
Logan Couture is only the second San Jose Sharks forward to score a goal in the series. The circumstances in which marker happened made it the stuff of legend. Logan Couture came back to literally saved San Jose's season.
The loss marked the seventh straight time Los Angeles Kings have lost at the HP Pavilion in San Jose. Prior to this game LA was riding a six-game winning streak.
I cannot wait to see what happens next in this Battle of California
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