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Power plays on their side, Sharks get OT win

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Logan Couture scored 1:29 into overtime on a power play to give the Sharks a 2-1 win over the Kings in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal and cut their series deficit to 2-1 Saturday night.

The extra period began with the Sharks on a five-on-three power player after Los Angeles' Robyn Regehr (hooking) and Trevor Lewis (goalie interference) were called for penalties 37 seconds apart in the last minute of regulation. Couture scored after Regehr's penalty expired.

Dan Boyle scored a power-play goal early in the first period for the Sharks, who got the penalty calls to go in their favor down the stretch in this game. In Game 2, the Kings scored power-play goals 22 seconds apart in the final 1:43 to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 win.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Kings had won six straight since dropping the first two games in the opening round in St. Louis.

Wings even series

CHICAGO — An almost perfectly executed game got the Red Wings the split they went to Chicago hoping to achieve.

They left the United Center with a 4-1 victory in Game 2 of the West semifinal to tie the series at 1. They spent the two days after their 4-1 Game 1 loss recuperating, refocusing and pumping themselves up by saying that performance was indicative of tired legs after a seven-game series against the Ducks.

"We've got a real good club now," coach Mike Babcock said. "And we haven't been good all year. We've just gotten better."

Just as the Blackhawks did in Game 1, Detroit took control in the second period and put the game away in the third. "They kind of used our own style against us as far as holding on to the puck and keeping it away from us," said Patrick Kane, who had the Blackhawks' goal, his first of the playoffs.

Sharks fined for comments: San Jose was fined $100,000 for GM Doug Wilson's comments about forward Raffi Torres' suspension for a check to the head of Kings forward Jarret Stoll in Game 1. Torres, considered a repeat offender, is out for the rest of series.

The Sharks "strongly disagree" with the suspension because the hit was clean, Wilson said, and the league is trying to make an example out of a player who is being judged on his past.

An automatic $25,000 fine was for violating rules against making statements to the media for 48 hours after a disciplinary decision. The Sharks were docked an additional $75,000 because of the comments' "inappropriate nature," the NHL said.

The Sharks said they wouldn't comment on the fine.

Penguins-Senators: Ottawa All-Star forward Jason Spezza, who hasn't played since Jan. 27 because of surgery for a herniated back disc, was expected to play today in Game 3 of the East semifinal. The Penguins lead 2-0.

Sharks 1 0 0 1 2
Kings 1 0 0 0 1

First Period1, SJ, Boyle 2 (Marleau, Pavelski), 1:34 (pp). 2, LA, Toffoli 1, 10:08. PenaltiesMuzzin, LA (delay of game), 1:30; Carter, LA (tripping), 7:52; Burns, SJ (tripping), 18:25.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesVlasic, SJ (roughing), 11:23; Richards, LA (roughing), 19:33; Gomez, SJ (roughing), 19:33.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesBrown, LA (slashing), 14:44; Regehr, LA (hooking), 19:18; Lewis, LA (goaltender interference), 19:55. OT—3, SJ, Couture 4 (Marleau, Thornton), 1:29 (pp). PenaltiesNone. Shots—LA 11-7-9-0—27. SJ 14-14-10-2—40. PP opportunities—LA 0 of 2; SJ 2 of 5. Goalies—LA, Quick 6-3-0 (40 shots-38 saves). SJ, Niemi 5-2-0 (27-26).

Red Wings 0 2 2 4
Blackhawks 1 0 0 1
Red Wings 0 2 2 4
Blackhawks 1 0 0 1

First Period1, Chi, Kane 1 (Handzus, Sharp), 14:05. PenaltiesBr.Smith, Det (hook), 10:21; Kindl, Det (slash), 14:45; Bolland, Chi (roughing, slash), 14:45.

Second Period2, Det, Brunner 4 (Kindl, Andersson), 2:40. 3, Det, Br.Smith 2 (Zetterberg, Cleary), 16:08. PenaltiesCarcillo, Chi (cross-checking), 3:36; Datsyuk, Det (delay of game), 7:07.

Third Period4, Det, Franzen 4 (Ericsson, Kronwall), 7:19. 5, Det, Filppula 2 (Zetterberg), 12:03. PenaltiesBolland, Chi (roughing), 9:43; Kane, Chi (hooking), 18:38. Shots—Det 12-8-10—30. Chi 8-5-7—20. PP opportunities—Det 0 of 4; Chi 0 of 2. Goalies—Det, Howard 5-4-0 (20 shots-19 saves). Chi, Crawford 5-2-0 (30-26).

Power plays on their side, Sharks get OT win 05/18/13 [Last modified: Sunday, May 19, 2013 1:38am]

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