SAN JOSE (AP) - Anze Kopitar scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period and Jonathan Quick made 39 saves to cap the Los Angeles Kings' historic comeback from three games down with a 5-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 7 of their first-round series Wednesday night.
Drew Doughty, Tyler Toffoli, Dustin Brown and Tanner Pearson also scored for the Kings, who became the fourth NHL team to win a best-of-seven series after losing the first three games.
San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan says losing the seven-game series to the Los Angeles Kings after being up 3-0 is his responsibility. News10/KXTV
The Kings joined Toronto (1942), the New York Islanders (1975) and Philadelphia (2010) as the only teams to complete that comeback and now will get another California showdown in the second-round with the first Freeway Playoff against the Anaheim Ducks.
Matt Irwin scored the lone goal and Antti Niemi made 25 saves for the Sharks, who added perhaps their most bitter playoff disappointment to a history of them. San Jose has the second most regular-season wins in the NHL the past 10 seasons but has never made it past the conference finals.
San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture discusses the series to the Los Angeles Kings after being up 3-0 in the series, only to lose Game 7 on home ice. News10/KXTV
San Jose Sharks left wing Patrick Marleau tries to talk about the season-ending loss in Game 7 to the Los Angeles Kings after having a 3-0 lead in the series. News10/KXTV
San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton talks about Wednesday's heartbreaking Game 7 season-ending loss to the Los Angeles Kings, after having a 3-0 series lead. News10/KXTV
San Jose Sharks defenceman Dan Boyle tries to put into words how his team lost Game 7 of the series against the Los Angeles Kings, after having a 3-0 series lead. News10/KXTV