Thursday could possibly be the end of the Los Angeles Kings' playoff run.
The San Jose Sharks are currently leading the series 3:0 after an overtime victory in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. The game didn't really start out the way the Sharks would have liked, just fifty-one seconds into the third period, the Kings would take the 3-2 lead after a power-play tip-in by Jeff Carter. Things were looking up for the Kings; especially after their blown game two lead on Sunday. The Sharks wanted to make a statement, and statement they did make. Midway through the third, rookie, Tomas Hertl would wrist one past Jonathan Quick to tie the game.
The strong Sharks defensive line would prove their worth as they were able to hold off the Kings and force an overtime. Both teams were pretty quiet during the opening minutes of overtime until the unsung hero, Patrick Marleau, snuck a backhander, that was tipped by Kings defender Slava Voynov, up past Quick's shoulder to find its way to the back of the net.
Many people expected that Quick would get the night off especially after giving up seven goals in two periods on Sunday. However, the coaching staff might have seen something different which led to his appearance between the pipes. After Tuesday night's game, it is possible that the Kings, desperate for a win, will switch up the goaltending responsibilities and put in rookie, Martin Jones, who had a fantastic regular season. Unfortunately for the Kings, they are going to need more than just a solid night in goaltending. If the Kings want to have any shot of not getting swept, they will have to learn how to shutdown the Sharks' key playmakers as well as take advantage of every man advantage they have; they need to draw more penalties. With this being said, and the way the Kings have been playing so far during this series, it is highly possible that we will see the second sweep of the first round come Thursday.