You hear the names of the teams and years, spoken almost in hushed, ceremonial tones: the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, the 1975 New York Islanders and the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers.

The 2014 Kings are within one game of joining these hockey-history makers, the only NHL teams to win a best-of-seven series after losing the first three games.

They did it in wildly spectacular fashion Monday night in Game 6 at Staples Center, beating the San Jose Sharks, 4-1, fueled by a three-goal, third-period outburst to the delight of a frenzied crowd.

Justin Williams scored the first two Kings goals and had an assist and Anze Kopitar seemed to take personal ownership of the third period, scoring twice and adding an assist.

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 Darryl Sutter.
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 Jarret Stoll said. "We couldn't wait for Game 4. We couldn't wait for Game 5 and then tonight. That doesn't change.
"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 Alex Stalock. "The ref didn't blow the whistle and I just tried to dig at it and it went in. I was just kind of thinking either way. If they decided not to count it, fine. I was OK with that as well. It counted.

"Maybe we got a break. Maybe we didn't. We're going to see what happens in Game 7.