NHL Playoffs 2011: Sharks Trounce Kings 6-3, Take 3-1 Series Lead

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NHL Playoffs 2011: Sharks Trounce Kings 6-3, Take 3-1 Series Lead
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Just two days removed from the Staples shocker in Game 3, the San Jose Sharks seized command of the series with a 6-3 blowout. Although many fans were still enjoying the incredible Game 3 comeback win, the Sharks had no such luxury against a determined Los Angeles Kings team in Game 4. 

As head coach Todd McLellan eluded to in pregame comments, today was a new day and yesterday’s win was just win number two of 16. 

To no one’s surprise, Antti Niemi returned in net for San Jose after being pulled in a forgettable Game 3 performance. Powered by the San Jose depth and his clutch goaltending, the Sharks dismantled Jonathan Quick and the Kings in Game 4.

Coming into the series, many experts had predicted a hard-fought, tightly contested string of one goal games between the two rivals. Surprisingly, the series has been filled with offensive pyrotechnics and, at times, wide-open hockey.

Game 4 certainly lived up to its hard-fought billing, as the Kings fought back valiantly but couldn't answer to the Sharks depth and skill. 

San Jose now heads home with a commanding lead, looking for the tough fourth win to close out the Kings in five.

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