NHL Playoffs 2011: San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings Game 6 Breakdown

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NHL Playoffs 2011: San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings Game 6 Breakdown
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The San Jose Sharks headed to the Staples Center for another chance to close out the Kings after falling short in Game 5. Looking for their third road win in the series, the Sharks had a wide array of questions that punctuated the playoff atmosphere in LA.

Those questions were answered at 2:22 of the overtime period, as captain Joe Thornton and the Sharks top line sent the Kings on vacation.

The way this series had shaped up, victory number four against the Kings figured to be a slugfest till the end. And it didn’t disappoint as the Kings fought back to tie after each San Jose score, clawing and fighting until the very end.

Antti Niemi rebounded after his second difficult start in the playoffs, recording 26 saves in the victory, and again coming up huge late in the third.

The victory clinched the Western Conference Quarterfinal series for the Sharks in six games, with the Red Wings or Blackhawks awaiting.

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