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Los Angeles
Kings
28-29-16-9
San Jose
Sharks
43-21-12-6
OT
28 SOG
42 SOG
1st2nd3rdOTT
LAK
SJS
game recap

Los Angeles Kings 3, San Jose Sharks 4 FINAL OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:15 AM

Associated Press

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Los Angeles Kings 3, San Jose Sharks 4 FINAL OT
Los Angeles Kings 3, San Jose Sharks 4

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ The San Jose Sharks found one more marvel in their bottomless bag.

Brad Stuart tied the game with two goals in the final 20 seconds of regulation, and Vincent Damphousse scored with 3:10 into overtime to send San Jose into the playoffs with a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.

With three goals in 3{ minutes, the Sharks capped the best season in franchise history with a stunning comeback in both teams' season finales. The Pacific Division champions, seeded second in the Western Conference with 43 victories and 104 points, wound up with the NHL's third-best record one year after finishing 25th.

``That's sort of the way we've done it all season: We find a lot of ways to surprise you,'' Stuart said. ``We're not a surprise to ourselves, though. Nobody has really expected us to do much all year, but as long as we're confident in this room, that's all that matters.''

San Jose will face St. Louis in the first round, expected to start Thursday.

The Kings took a 3-1 lead in the third period on goals by Jaroslav Modry and John Tripp, but the Sharks rallied by pulling goalie Evgeni Nabokov in the final minute after Luc Robitaille was called for holding.

Stuart got his first goal on a slap shot with 20 seconds left _ and with time running out, the defenseman charged the net and slammed home a centering pass from Damphousse with 2.3 seconds to play, sending the sellout crowd at the Shark Tank into bedlam.

Stuart's two goals in 17 seconds set a franchise record for the Sharks, who won for the sixth time in seven games.

``There wasn't much at stake for both clubs, but we did what we needed to do,'' Damphousse said. ``I think we were waiting for Thursday to step it up, but we got started with this one.''

Damphousse won it in overtime, beating goalie Roman Cechmanek from the slot for his 12th goal. The crowd cheered the Sharks off the ice, then erupted in several more standing ovations when the team returned from the locker room for a curtain call.

``It's been the story of our team the whole season to not give up,'' coach Ron Wilson said. ``When everyone thinks we're out of the game or out of the season, we find a way to bounce back.''

Modry scored his first goal in 56 games for the Kings, whose season-ending winless streak stretched to 11 games (0-9-0-2).

Incredibly, Andy Murray must wait until next season to become the winningest coach in franchise history _ if he's still around. Murray tied Bob Pulford's record with his 178th victory on March 14, but the Kings haven't won since, putting Murray's future in jeopardy.

``It just rips your heart out,'' Murray said. ``To not be in the playoffs and then to have this last game go like this is tough. ... I'm kind of numb right now as you can imagine.''

It might have been the final game for Robitaille, the highest-scoring left wing in NHL history with 653 goals and 1,370 points. The Kings haven't said whether the 17-year veteran will be invited back.

``I want to come back, it's just circumstances I can't control,'' Robitaille said. ``We'll see what's going to happen with that, but I know I have one more good year in me. ... I don't think it'd be a problem with the Kings, but there's the labor agreement. Those are the factors for me, but I want to play one more year. I don't want it to end like this.''

Nathan Dempsey also scored for Los Angeles, while Cechmanek made 38 saves but couldn't hang on for his first victory since Feb. 10. Tripp got his second NHL goal with 6{ minutes left in regulation.

Alex Korolyuk also scored for the Sharks, who avoided finishing the season with consecutive home losses. Nabokov made 25 saves for his 31st victory.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:24
SJS
PPG - Alexander Korolyuk (19) ASST: Nisse Ekman (32), Mike Rathje (17)
1 - 0 SJS
10:36
LAK
Nathan Dempsey (12) ASST: Esa Pirnes (7)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
05:52
LAK
Jaroslav Modry (5) ASST: Eric Belanger (20), Martin Straka (16)
2 - 1 LAK
13:22
LAK
John Tripp (1) ASST: Esa Pirnes (8)
3 - 1 LAK
19:40
SJS
PPG - Brad Stuart (8) ASST: Nisse Ekman (33), Alyn McCauley (26)
3 - 2 LAK
19:57
SJS
Brad Stuart (9) ASST: Vincent Damphousse (29), Alyn McCauley (27)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
03:10
SJS
Vincent Damphousse (12) ASST: Patrick Marleau (29), Scott Hannan (15)
4 - 3 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
05:09
LAK
Aaron Miller  Holding - Obstruction against  Scott Thornton
2nd Period
14:56
SJS
Wayne Primeau  Holding against  Mattias Norstrom
15:43
LAK
Trent Klatt  Tripping against  Brad Stuart
18:18
SJS
Jason Marshall  Holding - Obstruction against  Dustin Brown
3rd Period
18:42
LAK
Luc Robitaille  Holding against  Kyle McLaren
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Roman Cechmanek
SA: 42TOI: 63:10
Saves: 38EV: 32 - 34
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .905SH: 1 - 1
Evgeni Nabokov
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 28TOI: 61:52
Saves: 25EV: 24 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .893SH: 0 - 0