You hear the names of the teams and years, spoken almost in hushed, ceremonial tones: the 1942
They did it in wildly spectacular fashion Monday night in Game 6 at
Justin Williams scored the first two Kings goals and had an assist and
It unfolded as the walls came tumbling down, swiftly and dramatically, as the Kings scored three goals in a four-shot stretch in a span of 2:46 in the third period.
Game 7 will be Wednesday at San Jose's SAP Center, a formidable arena fondly called "the cage," by Kings Coach
The Kings are the ninth team in NHL history to force a Game 7 after being down 3-0 in a series.
"To be honest, we couldn't wait for the next game .... after Game 3," Kings enter
"We're excited. We're excited to play a Game 7, always great games, great atmospheres. You want to be the hero in those types of games, play well and be counted on as an important part of something like that."
The Kings and the Sharks needed seven games to decide last year's second-round playoff series, and the Kings clinched it at home with Williams as the Game 7 hero.
Williams delivered the Game 7-type heroics in Game 4 and 6 this year. His game-winning goal, at 11:56 of the third period, had to be reviewed and it took time before it was eventually called a good goal.
"I felt it was loose, behind him somewhere," Williams said of Sharks goalie
"Maybe we got a break. Maybe we didn't. We're going to see what happens in Game 7.
The NHL's situation room explained the decision on its blog: "At 11:56 of the third period in the San Jose Sharks/Los Angeles Kings game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the San Jose net. Video review confirmed the referee's call on the ice that the puck entered the net in a legal fashion."
San Jose Coach Todd McLellan disagreed with the NHL's ruling on the goal.
"We got cheated. Simple as that," McLellan said. "I was told that you could see the puck laying behind his feet the whole time. That is why the whistle didn't go. It's pretty clear when you look at it after. That was obviously the turning point. Got to move on and overcome it again."
Kopitar wrapped it up in neat fashion, converting a rebound on a three-on-two attack at 13:27 and scoring once more at 14:42.
"It was a tight game up until the third," he said. "We certainly did not want to go away quiet and we came out and we drew some penalties and we were able to get a couple just to insure ourselves.
"We gave ourselves a chance to play another game. This is going to be the last one against these guys, regardless. That was our goal after the three games. This was our goal, to go back for Game 7 to San Jose."
The high drama was saved for the third period as they headed to the final 20 minutes tied, 1-1. San Jose was without its No. 1 defenseman,
That's when the Kings seemed on the verge of a great escape when they killed off a five-on-three. San Jose had a two-man advantage for 1:38 when Kings defenseman
After that, they killed off yet another minor: Kings defenseman
Stalock kept the Sharks in a position to stay competitive when the Kings dominated the first period and took a 1-0 lead on the first Williams goal of the game at 5:39. It could have been a two-goal lead, or more, had Stalock not been so sharp.