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SAN JOSE, Calif. Alfred Blue Jersey . -- Even when they found themselves in a 3-0 series deficit to San Jose, the Los Angeles Kings never doubted they had what it takes to mount a memorable comeback. Thats what winning a Stanley Cup together two years earlier can do for a teams confidence and thats how a lack of post-season success can eat away at anothers psyche. Anze Kopitar scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period and Jonathan Quick made 39 saves to cap the Kings historic comeback from three games down with a 5-1 victory over the Sharks in Game 7 of their first-round series Wednesday night. "When youve gone to the top of the mountain with the same group of guys its a little bit easier when youre at the bottom to come up," said captain Dustin Brown, who scored an empty-net goal to seal the game. "Thats what a lot of this team is about, our guys who have stuck together and played together for years." Drew Doughty, Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson also scored for the Kings, who became the fourth NHL team to win a best-of-seven series after losing the first three games. The Kings joined Toronto (1942), the New York Islanders (1975) and Philadelphia (2010) as the only teams to complete that comeback and now will get another California showdown in the second-round with the first Freeway Playoff against the Anaheim Ducks. "Thats fantastic," Doughty said. "This is something were all going to remember for the rest of our lives. Were not done yet. We have to move on." Matt Irwin scored the lone goal and Antti Niemi made 25 saves for the Sharks, who added perhaps their most bitter playoff disappointment to a history of them. San Jose has the second most regular-season wins in the NHL the past 10 seasons but has never made it past the conference finals. "This is as low as its been for me, and for the players that have been together for the six years that Ive been here," coach Todd McLellan said. The way the Sharks started this series by outscoring the Kings 17-8 to win the first three games, it looked as if this could finally be their year. But Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and the rest of their stars went mostly missing the final four games, the power play could not convert on its final 15 chances and the defence made too many lapses, leading to their second straight Game 7 loss to their California rivals. "Theres 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 Irwins point shot beat Quick through a screen to provide a jolt to the crowd that only got bigger 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 Joses 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 this series for Quick, who allowed 16 goals the first three games but held the Sharks to just five over the final four wins. The Kings responded after the fourth penalty kill when last years Game 7 hero Justin Williams found Kopitar, who made a nifty move to beat Niemi with a backhand to give him points in all seven games this series. "Drew, Quickie and Kopi were our three best players tonight," Brown said. "You win and lose with your best players." The Sharks lost because their core players came up empty late in the series with Irwin and third-liner James Sheppard getting the only goals in the final three games. "I think their defence just swallowed us up right now, to be honest with you," Thornton said. "They just played real tight defensively and their goaltender got hot like he usually does this time of the year." NOTES: The Kings became the fifth team to beat the same opponent in Game 7 in consecutive seasons. ... Both teams were without a key defenceman as San Joses Marc-Edouard Vlasic missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury and Willie Mitchell was out for Los Angeles after getting hurt in Game 6. Benardrick McKinney Jersey . He still wanted out. "It just seemed like the direction they were going didnt fit what I thought my career was going to be," Kesler said. "At the end of the day I want to win a championship and I want to win it now, and four years is a little too long for me. Nick Martin Jersey . After falling 5-0 on home ice in a game that could have tied them for second in the wild card standings, Washington head coach Adam Oates had some strong words for Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin. .com) - Blake Griffin led five Clippers in double figures with 24 points and the LA Clippers got back on track with a 101-97 win over the Utah Jazz.Ames, IA ( - Georges Niang poured in 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds, leading 15th-ranked Iowa State to an 83-66 victory over TCU on Saturday at Hilton Coliseum. Monte Morris contributed 16 points and six assists for the Cyclones (16-4, 6-2 Big 12), who were coming off a three-point win on Monday against Texas and extended their home winning streak to 19 consecutive games. Bryce Dejean-Jones also scored 16 points and Dustin Hogue added 12 in the victory. Each of the Cyclones first seven conference games had been decided by single digits, but Iowa State used a couple of second-half runs to make it a laugher after leading by only two at halftime. Niang scored 17 points after the intermission. Trey Zeigler scored 14 points for TCU (14-7, 1-7), which has lost four in a row. The Horned Frogs were 13-0 before conference play began in January. Kyan Anderson, TCUs leading scorer at 13.9 points per game, made just 3-of-13 shots and finished with eight points. Iowa State ran off nine straight points to turn a two-point deficit into a 16-9 lead seven minutes into the contest, but TCU answered with eight in a row to move back in front. It stayed close through the end of the half, as the Cyclones led by as many as five at 33-28 before a Zeigler layup and Brandon Parrish three pulled the Horned Frogs even in the final minute. Morris, though, put Iowa State back on top with a layup just before the halftime buzzer and the Cycllones started the second half with a 10-2 run. Ryan Griffin Jersey. Niang and Hogue each scored four during the early burst, giving Iowa State a 45-35 advantage. Five quick points cut the TCU deficit in half and the Horned Frogs were still down five at 52-47 before Iowa State put it away with a 14-4 run. Niang, Morris and Dejean-Jones each scored four during the spurt, with two free throws by Dejean-Jones giving the Cyclones a 66-51 cushion with 6:41 remaining. The Horned Frogs never threatened again and suffered their fifth straight loss to the Cyclones. Iowa State shot a blistering 63 percent in the second half and finished at 56.4 percent for the contest, while also dominating the boards with a 44-30 advantage. The Cyclones will head to Kansas on Monday to battle the Jayhawks, who lead the Big 12 with a 7-1 mark. Kansas lone conference loss came at Iowa State on Jan. 17. Game Notes Morris finished 7-of-9 from the field and Dejean-Jones missed just one of his six shots ... Iowa State was 16-of-20 from the free throw line, while TCU made just 1-of-8 at the stripe ... Parrish and Chris Washburn each scored 11 points for the Horned Frogs ... Niang now has 1,293 career points, surpassing Loren Meyer (1,280) for 19th on Iowa States all-time list ... The Cyclones have won 12 straight at home against Big 12 opponents ... Iowa State is 5-0 against TCU since the Horned Frogs joined the Big 12. 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