The San Jose Sharks had all the momentum heading into Game 5, seeking the always difficult fourth win to close out the Kings. Jonathan Quick had other ideas however as he recorded an eye-popping 52 saves en route to the 3-1 victory, keeping LA alive another day.
Antti Niemi on the other hand did not fare as well, faltering again on home ice as he did in Game 2. And as they did in Game 2, the team in front of Antti did him no favors committing several turnovers and missing several assignments.
Allowing three goals on just four shots, Niemi was yanked before the game was nine minutes old.
Antero Niittymaki made his second relief appearance in the playoffs and was very stout stopping 18 shots the rest of the way.
The loss cuts the San Jose lead to 3-2 in the series and they will have another chance to close out the Kings on Monday at the Staples Center.
Here are five things we’ve learned about the 3-1 loss, and what is next for the Sharks between the pipes.