After putting up two consecutive poor starts to the game, the San Jose Sharks focused on playing their game in the early going. Starting out on the right foot, San Jose didn't disappoint as the Sharks carried play in the Kings zone for long stretches in the first period.
Dustin Brown let his emotions get the best of him as he took the slashing penalty at 7:56 of the first period. Jason Demers has been throwing his body around in this series and delivered a huge hip check leading up to the penalty.
With the Sharks taking play to the Kings, Greene gave the Sharks a 5-3 lead by taking another slashing minor at 8:34. Jonathan Quick looked sharp during the Sharks two-man advantage, turning away all seven shots and seeing the puck very well.
Dan Boyle continued his early struggles, by coughing the puck up to Wayne Simmonds deep in the Sharks zone. Uncharacteristic of Boiler, but up to the task was Antti Niemi who once again saved the Sharks from themselves in their end.
After the ticky-tack call for Boyle for hooking Simmonds on the short breakaway, the Sharks much-maligned penalty kill rose up and aggressively neutralized LA. The PK unit had more work to do, with Ian White taking a tripping penalty at 14:13 on Dustin Brown, giving the Kings a brief 5-3.
Again, the Sharks special teams rose up to kill off both penalties and closed out the first period in a scoreless tie.
Los Angeles controlled play early in the second period, before the emotions bubbled over from the first period. Scott Nichol suckered Drew Doughty into a retaliation play, but both players were called for roughing as LA’s leading defenseman headed off ice.
Just 30 seconds later, Alec Martinez knocked the Ryane Clowe rebound into his own net, taking the wind out of the Kings’ sails. The Sharks seized momentum, and just two minutes later Jason Demers added to the lead.
Taking the backhanded pass from Logan Couture, Demers jumped up into the play and put home the goal putting the Sharks ahead 2-0.
Matt Greene drew the double-minor at 6:00 in the second, and Ryane Clowe cashed in a Couture rebound at 9:28 putting the Sharks ahead 3-0.
The Kings took a timeout and responded after a horrible turnover by Niclas Wallin, allowing Richardson to float in on the empty net for the score.
A powerplay on the Justin Williams tripping penalty at 12:14 gave the Sharks their fourth man advantage in the game. Sharks power play was disjointed and lacked the hustle shown in the first period as the penalty expired.
Justin Williams brought the Kings within a goal, putting the puck off of Marc-Edouard Vlasic at 16:04 of the second.
Antti Niemi stonewalled the Kings attack late in the second period, making several huge shots. Joe Thornton pushed the Sharks ahead 4-2 at 11:42 of the third period on a terrific feed from Kyle Wellwood.
Joe Pavelski pushed the lead to three, deflecting the puck past Jonathan Quick on a great shot-pass from Dan Boyle at 3:22. Torrey Mitchell recorded his first postseason point, backhanding home the loose rebound for the 6-2 score.
Alexei Ponikarovsky tipped the point slapshot at 13:11 to bring the Kings within three, but Antti Niemi closed the door late on some golden Kings scoring chances. The Kings could not solve Antti and, as he did in Game 1, Niemi was extraordinary in saving San Jose when they needed it most.
Antti Niemi recorded 35 saves, posting a .921 save percentage and another playoff rebound win in his young career.