Dustin Brown drew a lot of attention for some hits throughout Game 3. You could argue that he created enough of a ruckus for the Los Angeles Kings to grab a huge overtime win.
Brown made a big hit moments before Tanner Pearson took advantage of some open space to score the clincher. The Kings captain’s hit on Joonas Donskoi really paved the way for Pearson to beat Martin Jones.
The Kings ended up winning 2-1 via OT, and now the Sharks’ series lead shrinks to 2-1.
Some attention may trickle over to the narrative of the Sharks struggling in San Jose. The easier issue to understand is that special teams didn’t do it for the Sharks.
While the Kings went 1-for-3 on the power play, the Sharks failed on all five of their chances. The Sharks may bristle particularly at two missed chances when things were tied 1-1 in the third period.
Joe Thornton gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead just 30 seconds into the game, continuing a curious Monday pattern. Anze Kopitar knotted it up minutes later, and the two teams grappled in a defensive struggle from there on in.
San Jose faced some chances to put this one away, yet they couldn’t quite land the knockout blow. Now this battle of California is a lot more interesting.
Did anyone really feel like this was going to be easy?