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But Joe Thornton, Marleau and the rest of San Jose’s stars went mostly missing the final four games, the power play could not convert on its final 15 chances and the defense had too many lapses, leading to the Sharks‘ second straight Game 7 loss to their California rivals.

“There’s been a lot of low points, but yeah, this is definitely one of them being up 3-0,” Marleau said.

The Sharks took their first lead since Game 3 in the opening minute of the second when Irwin’s point shot beat Quick through a screen to energize a crowd that only got louder when San Jose drew a penalty less than a minute later.

But a hooking call on Tommy Wingels negated that power play and Logan Couture then got called for an elbowing penalty, giving Los Angeles a two-man advantage for 6 seconds. Before Wingels could get back into the play, Doughty tied it when he beat Niemi from the faceoff circle.

The Sharks had three more power plays in the second period to give them a chance to go back ahead, but Los Angeles killed every one of them with Quick robbing Marleau with a glove save on the goal line to thwart San Jose’s best chance.

“Those were obviously critical,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. “Jonathan was able to make that one highlight save. I think that gave us a little momentum.”

That save was emblematic of a remarkable turnaround for Quick, who allowed 16 goals the first three games before holding the Sharks to just five over the final four wins.

The Kings responded after the fourth penalty kill when Williams found Kopitar, who made a nifty move to beat Niemi with a backhand to give him points in all seven games this series.

Toffoli’s goal in the opening minutes of the third period off a pretty no-look feed from Pearson gave the Kings insurance and they tightened things up the rest of the way to seal the win.

Brown and Pearson added empty-netters late.