Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) can't stop a shot by San Jose Sharks… (Tony Avelar / Associated…)
FINAL - Sharks 2, Kings 1
Kopitar takes a screened shot with a teammate in front of the net, but a Sharks defenseman knocks the shot away.
Timeout San Jose, 2:35 to go, Sharks lead 2-1.
The Kings move the puck toward Niemi, Sharks defenders stay strong, less than two minutes remaining.
The Kings’ Scuderi, Richards and Voynov take dangerous shots, none past Niemi.
Just 1:12 left. The Kings empty their net.
The Kings can't get a great shot at Niemi, the seconds dwindle.
Game over, Sharks win, 2-1. Best of seven series tied 3-3.
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Burns tries a blue-line shot at Quick, no chance.
The Sharks are definitely prioritizing defense in this final period and Coach Todd McLellan has preached the importance of rotating lines quickly to keep legs fresh.
Galiardi gets in a shot that Quick deflects.
A dump-in pass shot by Williams bounces in front of Niemi at the goal, but the goalie still grabs it.
Quick impressively stops Marleau on a breakaway following a face-off, now 4:41 left in regulation.
The Sharks have a 4-1 shot advantage this period.
Burns tries a shot that Quick kicks out.
The Sharks’ Boyle got hit in the chin with a puck and left the ice after 16:41 of ice time.
Mike Richards and Robyn Regehr take shots that can’t evade Niemi.
Less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation, still a 2-1 Sharks lead.
A Voynov shot is gloved by Niemi.
Dwight King takes a shot that Niemi grabs.
San Jose’s Bracken Kearns takes a better shot at Quick that is denied.
Brad Stuart of the Sharks fires from near the blue line, can’t get it past Quick. More Sharks pressure can’t penetrate, and Quick grabs a Couture shot after Quick was knocked down by Couture.
Less than 15 minutes remain in regulation.
Now Dustin Penner and Jeff Carter pressure Niemi. No goal, though.
The Kings’ revived energy is noticeable. They’d love to steal this from behind and get some rest with the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings still playing.
Brent Burns of the Sharks tries a wraparound on Quick but is denied. A second icing by the Kings’ line, and Sutter calls a timeout to address the fatigue with 3:25 remaining.
San Jose’s Thornton fires a shot wide right. Doughty knocks down a Burns shot.
Two Slava Voynov shots for the Kings blocked by defensemen.
Penner passes from behind the net, Galiardi slaps it away with the dangerous Carter close by.
Doughty tries to follow a shot that bounced off Niemi, but it can’t get past the goalie.
Kings Coach Darryl Sutter said despite the penalties, he’s pleased with the team’s penalty killing efforts.
The Kings score on a pass centered by Dustin Brown, that caroms off a Shark with 6:07 left in the second.
It’s 2-1 Sharks, the key being Matt Greene moving the puck up ice for the Kings.
The goal that made it 2-0 Sharks was TJ Galiardi’s first career playoff goal.
San Jose gets a steal, but Gomez’s shot, with just more than 13 minutes left in the period, is denied.
Niemi saves a shot. Another faceoff is won by San Jose, but a high-sticking penalty is called on the Kings’ Justin Williams.
That’s a four-minute double-minor with San Jose’s Marc-Edouard Vlasic cut on the lip due to the episode.
The Kings’ penalty killing unit is performing well, as the first two minutes have evaporated without a Sharks’ goal. Defenseman Dan Boyle blasts a shot that can’t beat Quick. Another minute off the power play, but off the game clock, too.
The best save of all during the successful four-minute kill was by Quick on Tommy Wingels with 11 secponds left in the advantage. Even strength again.
Niemi falls on the puck with less than seven minutes remaining.
The Sharks didn’t get a shot off in the final 13 minutes of the first period, and trail total shots, 9-8, after one.
More than 2:30 into the second before San Jose’s Adam Burish finally takes a shot.
The Kings’ Trevor Lewis is near Niemi, but can’t poke a shot past him.
San Jose pressures Quick, he’s up to the challenge.
Then, TJ Galiardi uses a screen to fire a wrist shot past Quick with 15:50 left. It’s 2-0 Sharks.
Sharks Coach Todd McLellan tells NBC Sports his team is not tight, playing “much better” than in Game 5.
The Kings defense swarms Thornton as he tries to weave in for a shot.
The Kings’ Dwight King just missed a goal, hitting the post for a second time behind Niemi after the goalie saved a Brown shot with his right leg. There is a penalty on San Jose, hooking on defenseman Scott Gomez with 6:48 remaining.
Patrick Marleau of the Sharks sweeps the puck to the opposite end.
Kopitar struggles to find a shot or make a pass. A hard slapshot by Doughty at Niemi misses. Kopitar hits the post, a third such incident for the visitors.