But then Kings left wing Dustin Penner finds a good chance off a pass from center Brad Richardson but it's denied.
The shots on goal are 32-22 in favor of San Jose.
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick makes a sprawling, sensational save to stop a shot by Sharks center Andrew Desjardins, and a shot by San Jose defenseman Brent Burns is deflected inside of five minutes left in the second period of Game 3 on Saturday night.
Desjardins is beside himself after that missed chance, shaking his head in disgust to teammates on the bench.
Quick then tipped away a Burns shot and a cross by Sharks center Joe Thornton.
The Sharks have outshot the Kings 13-7 in this period so far.
Kings center Anze Kopitar flicked away another strong Sharks’ charge toward Quick. The Kings have been back on their heels in the second half of this period, and now San Jose center Logan Couture is back from his injury absence with 1:13 left in the period.
The Kings don’t mind too much, either. Couture is 0-for-5 on face-offs.
Kings center Mike Richards and Sharks center Scott Gomez fight along the boards, prompting a stoppage. Both men are penalized, setting up a four-on-four situation.
The horn comes, and it’s still a 1-1 game after two periods. A quick look at the numbers: the Sharks have outshot the Kings, 28-18, and have outhit them, 37-26. The Kings have made 17 blocks compared to 14 for San Jose.
A pass inside by San Jose center Scott Gomez was deflected by teammate Tommy Wingels and Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was forced to make a save. The Sharks have 19 shots on goal to the Kings’ 15 midway through the second period of Game 3 in their Western Conference semifinal series.
Make it 21 shots as Quick wraps up a shot by Sharks defenseman Justin Braun.
San Jose defenseman Brent Burns and Kings’ leading playoff scorer defenseman Slava Voynov collide in a big way. Quick withstands another scrum near the crease.
Kings Coach Darryl Sutter said he’s pleased with the defense against Sharks captain Joe Thornton’s line, as his team started a power play that was the result of roughing on San Jose defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic for hitting Kings center Dustin Brown at the boards.
The Kings patiently passed until defensman Drew Doughty forced a shot that briefly got away from Sharks goalie Antii Niemi before he covered it with 59 seconds left in the power play.
The Sharks then killed the penalty.
The Kings were still on a power play for 19 more seconds to start the second period of Game 3 on Saturday night thanks to Sharks defenseman Brent Burns’ tripping penalty late in the first.