Kings come up trumps in overtime

Tue Apr 19, 2016 2:53am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Tanner Pearson wasn't going to get carried away with celebrating his first career Stanley Cup overtime goal.

"Game over, and we won Game 3," Pearson said matter-of-factly after giving the Los Angeles Kings a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Monday. "That's what we wanted to come in and do, and we accomplished that."

Pearson's first goal of the series at 3:47 of sudden death enabled Los Angeles to cut San Jose's lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series to 2-1.

Game 4 is Thursday in San Jose.

"The focus stays the same," Pearson said. "We're still down 2-1 in this series. We'll look at some stuff (Tuesday) and get back at it in (Wednesday's) game."

Los Angeles snapped a streak of five consecutive overtime losses to San Jose, while the Sharks fell in overtime for only the second time in 12 tries.

"The reality is they're a real good team," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "They have multiple Stanley Cup winners over there. We knew this wasn't going to be a sweep. We're in a good spot. We could have won the game tonight, too. We just have to keep rolling out the same game."

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick made 29 saves for the win, while Sharks goaltender Martin Jones stopped 22 shots.

"It was just a good hockey game," Sharks' goal-scorer Joe Thornton said. "It went back and forth both ways. Obviously, we'd like a better fate, but both teams played a good hockey game."   Continued...

Los Angeles Kings center Vincent Lecavalier (44) prepares for a face-off against the San Jose Sharks   in the third period of game three in the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center at San Jose. The Kings won 2-1 in overtime Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports