Joe Thornton, Drew Doughty

Sharks center Joe Thornton upends Kings defenseman Drew Doughty along the boards in the second period of Game 3 on Saturday night. (Tony Avelar / Associated Press / May 18, 2013)


Sharks center Logan Couture blasts a shot from about 10 feet past Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick on a power play 1:29 into overtime to give San Jose a 2-1 win in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal series on Saturday night at HP Pavilion.

The Kings began overtime down two men because of penalties late in the third period. Moments after getting one man back onto the ice, the Sharks work the puck into the corner, then a pass goes to winger Patrick Marleau to the left of Quick.

Marleau quickly centers the puck into the slot to Couture, who takes aim and beats Quick.

The game includes 75 hits in regulation, 41 by the Sharks.

The Kings successfully kill the Sharks 5-on-3 advantage for 1:19 to start overtime with center Anze Kopitar and defensemen Rob Scuderi and Drew Doughty beginning play on the ice.

Couture misses a chance to follow a shot by defenseman Dan Boyle, then Quick blocks another attempt. Kings center Mike Richards steals a pass to ease the pressure for a few moments.

After Boyle misses another shot, the Kings appear to be in better shape when one man comes out of the penalty box. Moments later, Couture fires the winner top shelf to the left of Quick.

The Kings lead the best-of-seven series two games to one. Game 4 is Tuesday night in San Jose.

Third period

The Kings continue to be met by a physical front when they venture into the Sharks’ end. Less than a minute left in regulation, some shoving during a stoppage.

San Jose forward Tommy Wingels crosses and misses a chance at the top of the crease as Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr is called for hooking Wingels with 42 seconds left.

A big shot by Sharks center Logan Couture is kicked away by Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, and he stops an effort by defenseman Dan Boyle as wel.

Kings center Trevor Lewis, who scored the winning goal in the final minute of Game 2 on Thursday night, darts into the Sharks zone on a short-handed effort, but hits goalie Antti Niemi and an interference penalty is called, giving San Jose a two-man advantage with 4.5 seconds left that’ll extend into overtime.

The Kings control the face-off and regulation ends in a 1-1 tie, with San Jose getting a two-man advantage for more than a minute to start overtime.


A Kings penalty for slashing is called on captain Dustin Brown with 5:16 left as Sharks center Joe Pavelski’s stick is broken in half.

San Jose center Logan Couture and Kings center Mike Richards continue some hostilities -- verbally.

Kings forward Jeff Carter made a short-handed rush at Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi but couldn’t find a clean shot.

Kings forwards Trevor Lewis and Anze Kopitar play interference, a charge by Sharks center Scott Gomez goes for naught. The power play is killed.