Sharks use power play to take control against Kings
(The Sports Xchange) - The power play found redemption as the San Jose Sharks held on to beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Wednesday.
The Sharks, who went 3-for-4 on the power play one game after going 0-for-5, lead the best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series 3-1.
The victory moves San Jose within one win of advancing to the second-round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Game 5 is Friday at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
San Jose's 3-0 third-period lead looked safe when Patrick Marleau scored the team's third power-play goal of the game 1:40 into the session, and only five seconds into defenseman Jamie McBain's high stick of rookie Joonas Donskoi.
But the Kings scored twice of just under four minutes to make it a one-goal game.
First Trevor Lewis touched a Luke Schenn drive from the blue line through Martin Jones, a goal that stood following a coach's challenge for goaltender inference at 2:49.
Then Schenn scored his second career playoff goal with another blast from the point, this one through a maze of bodies lined up in front of Jones at 6:44 also at even strength.
San Jose struck twice in the second period on the strength of its power play.
Defenseman Brent Burns scored his second of the series at 2:09 to break a scoreless tie. He one-timed a cross-ice no-look seam pass from Joel Ward just inside the near post to beat Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. Continued...