Sharks 2, Kings 1: Captain Joe Thornton scored a power-play goal in the first period and T.J. Galiardi netted his first career playoff tally in the second as host San Jose forced a seventh game in its Western Conference second-round series against fifth-seeded Los Angeles.
Antti Niemi turned aside 24 shots and also notched an assist for the sixth-seeded Sharks, who improved to 5-0 at home this postseason. San Jose has posted 2-1 victories in all three games at HP Pavilion this series.
Captain Dustin Brown scored and Jonathan Quick made 24 saves for the reigning Stanley Cup champion Kings, who host Game 7 on Tuesday. Los Angeles, which fell to 1-5 on the road in the playoffs, has won 13 consecutive home games since March 23 against Vancouver.
San Jose cashed in on a 5-on-3 advantage early in the contest to open the scoring. Joe Pavelski made a cross-slot pass from the left faceoff circle to Thornton, who buried the puck while standing on the right side of the crease at 6:09 for his second goal of the playoffs.
Galiardi doubled the lead at 4:10 of the second. After receiving a pass from defenseman Scott Hannan, Galiardi raced down the right wing and wristed a shot from the faceoff circle that sailed between defenseman Robyn Regehr's legs and beat Quick high to the glove side.
Brown halved the deficit with 6:07 remaining in the period, grabbing the puck in the right corner after blue-liner Matt Greene's point shot deflected wide and banking it off Niemi and into the net.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Sharks RW Adam Burish returned to the lineup after missing the first five games of the series with a hand injury and registered four shots while winning all four of his faceoffs in 9:41 of ice time. D Jason Demers, who himself returned from injury to play at a forward spot in Game 5, sat out in favor of Burish. ... San Jose improved to 2-8 in Game 6 when trailing 3-2 in a postseason series. ... Los Angeles went 10-1 on the road in last year's playoffs.