LOS ANGELES — Maybe the Kings can hit fast-forward next time.
After holding the Sharks scoreless in the first period for the third consecutive game, the Kings fell apart in the opening 10 minutes of the second for the second straight game, allowing three goals that were the difference in the 6-3 victory Thursday night at Staples Center.
The Sharks to a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series that continues Saturday night in San Jose.
The Kings allowed a season-high five goals in the second period of Game 3, enabling the Sharks to rally from four goals down and win in overtime, 6-5.
This time it was the Sharks who scored first, and second, and third.
After building a 3-0 lead on two goals by Ryane Clowe and another by Jason Demers, the Kings brought some excitement back to the sold-out crowd when Brad Richardson and Justin Williams scored in the second half of the second period to make it a one-goal game heading into the third.
But the Sharks stole back the momentum, getting goals from Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski to extend their lead back to three with just over 17 minutes remaining in the game.
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, who shut out the Sharks in Game 2 in San Jose, allowed all six goals, pushing his goals-against total to 12 in the last two games.
More to come from the locker room.