Western Semi Final, Game 3: Kings Lose 2-1(OT), LA leads series 2-1
SAN JOSE – The Los Angeles Kings were dealt a raw deal with a couple of questionable penalties very late in regulation and it cost them as the San Jose Sharks took Game 3 in overtime to get back into this series.
Like Game 2, Game 3 started off with the home scoring quickly as Dan Boyle blasted a point shot past Jonathan Quick to make it 1-0 San Jose just 1:34 into the game. But the Kings weren’t deterred as just past the halfway point of the first, they tied the game on a steal by Tyler Toffoli who backhanded it up and over Antti Niemi. After assisting on the game-winner in Game 2, Toffoli continued his solid play in Game 3 with his first-career playoff goal.
Despite a fast start, there was no more scoring for the remainder of regulation as neither team generated an abundance of scoring chances. Both goaltenders were great but the opportunities were few and far between. Niemi stopped 26 shots while Quick turned away 38 in a losing effort.
Unfortunately for the Kings, they were called for a couple of penalties in the final minute of regulation.
First, Robyn Regehr was called for hooking and then with five seconds left in the third, Trevor Lewis was called for goaltender interference.
In overtime, Los Angeles had done what they could to kill off their penalties but it was Logan Couture who ended the game at the 1:29 mark to put the Sharks back into the series, leaving Jonathan Quick very upset leaving the ice. Quick was so upset that he was handed a game misconduct. Why he was given that when the game had ended is beyond me but nevertheless.
Surely entering overtime, the Kings were determined to win but it wasn’t to be on this night as the San Jose Sharks use home-ice advantage in their favour and make this series a little more exciting.
Both teams will now have an extra day of rest before returning to the HP Pavilion for Game 4 on Tuesday night.