NHL Playoffs 2011: San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings Game 3 Breakdown

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NHL Playoffs 2011: San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings Game 3 Breakdown
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San Jose traveled to the Staples Center to wrestle control back from the Los Angeles Kings following their embarrassing Game 2 loss. Entering the contest, San Jose again said all the right things about competitiveness, the need to get back to basics and stay out of the box.

The Sharks spoke about racing to three, taking control, starting fast and playing their “road” game.

It took just three minutes for the Kings to completely nullify the San Jose game plan, behind back-to-back goals just 15 seconds apart to open the game. It didn't stop there with the Kings pressing their attack, and before you knew it LA had chased Niemi and added to their lead.

Down 4-0 in the second period, Los Angeles took San Jose by storm again early and was dominating play. It didn’t look good for the men in teal, and the San Jose Sharks were looking like a team that just couldn’t wait for the team bus.

Everybody knows the things that are said about the Sharks in the playoffs, some shouted by fans and others whispered by “experts.” According to them, San Jose was supposed to pack up their bags and carry the weight of doubt back to the hotel for Game 4.

Instead they completed one of the biggest playoff comebacks in Sharks history, by storming back to tie the game 5-5 in the last 30 seconds of the second period and winning in OT.

One of the greatest playoff games in San Jose Sharks history, this epic comeback gives San Jose the 2-1 series lead heading into Game 4.

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