LA jumped out of the gate early, carrying play in the San Jose zone for long stretches before breaking through at the 2:23 mark of the first.
Defenseman Willie Mitchell opening the scoring after his wrister from the left circle found twine, collecting the pass from rookie Trevor Lewis. The Sharks penalty kill rose to the occasion after killing off a double minor high-sticking penalty on Niclas Wallin.
The kill didn’t translate into much momentum, as the Kings continued to dominate play, especially through the neutral zone. The Sharks power play had a chance to strike midway through the first following a Willie Mitchell hooking penalty, but their scoreless streak continued as LA killed the penalty.
Just a few minutes later, Dan Boyle committed a horrible turnover while trying to transition the puck out of his zone, leading to the third LA tally. Michal Handzus put home the game-winner after Dustin Penner fed the puck across the ice for the one timer.
Just 40 seconds into the second period, Brad Richardson stole the puck from Ian White and added salt in the Sharks' wounds, pushing the score to 4-0. Todd McLellan had seen enough of Antti and gave him the yank, inserting Antero Niittymaki into just his third postseason game of his career.
Patrick Marleau finally got the Sharks on the board, tipping home the goal on the nifty feed from Dan Boyle, making it 4-1 Los Angeles. Dustin Penner’s roughing penalty at 5:10 gave the Sharks their ninth power-play opportunity, and they finally solved the King penalty kill at 6:53.
Ryane Clowe took the feed from Logan Couture and scored the power-play goal after his shot deflects off of Willie Mitchell and past Quick. Bringing San Jose within striking distance, the Sharks started to pick up their play following the huge goal.
The Sharks started to come alive after that score, carrying play through the neutral zone and at one point won 11 consecutive faceoffs. Couture scored at 13:32 on yet another terrific hockey play by Ian White, who fed the rookie for his second of the playoffs.
Jarret Stoll has been a Shark-killer this year, collecting wins in the shootout, knocking Ian White from his first playoff appearance and dominating the faceoff circle. He continued his trend this year, answering back for LA just 13 seconds later feeding an open Ryan Smyth parked in front of Antero.
Antero Niittymaki hadn’t had much work with the Kings sagging back, but had responded to the few shots he had seen. Unfortunately for him, he had no chance against Smyth on this shot with both Niclas Wallin and Joe Pavelski forgetting how to communicate.
The Sharks dug in and responded as they did in last year’s playoffs: With the roles reversed and the Kings reeling late in the second period, Clowe again answered the call. After San Jose had held the LA zone for over a minute and a half, and against some clearly gassed Kings, Clowe slammed home the Boyle cross-ice pass late in the second.
With just 30 seconds left in the second period, Joe Pavelski tied the game with Drew Doughty all over him. It was a remarkable play on the partially blocked shot by Ian White, by a remarkable player in Joe Pavelski.
Play in the third period mucked about in the neutral zone as the Kings sat back in a zone to slow down the Sharks transition. Heading into the overtime the Sharks had outshot the Kings 34-22 and shortened their bench, running just three lines and finding success.
Devin Setoguchi scored the game-winning overtime goal just three minutes into OT on a terrific feed from Patrick Marleau, capping one hell of a comeback.