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Sharks need production beyond first-line to clinch series

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San Jose Sharks’ Tomas Hertl (48) fights with Los Angeles Kings’ Dustin Brown (23) during the third period of Game 3 of round one of the Stanley Cup playoff series Monday, April 18, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

After getting a dominant performance from top center Anze Kopitar, more than 35 minutes of nearly flawless defense from Drew Doughty, sterling goaltending from Jonathan Quick and a big hit by Dustin Brown to get back into their series, the Kings are looking for their big stars to step up again to tie this series with a fourth straight win by the road team.

The concern for the Sharks is getting production beyond the first line. Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski and Tomas Hertl have combined for five of San Jose’s seven goals in the series.

“If you’re playing on my line, the third line, the fourth line, you want to step up and do something,” second-line center Logan Couture said. “We can’t sit on the bench and watch Jumbo’s line go out there and carry the play. Everyone else has got to step up and do their part as well.”

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