SAN JOSE, CA- APRIL 7: Dan Boyle #22 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates his winning goal against the Los Angeles Kings at HP Pavilion on April 7, 2012 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

Kings Vs. Sharks: L.A. Loses To San Jose, Takes No. 8 Seed In Playoffs

The Phoenix Coyotes have clinched the Pacific Division title. The Los Angeles Kings lost their last two games of the regular season to the San Jose Sharks and will have the low seed in the postseason as a result.

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Kings Vs. Sharks Final Score: L.A. Suffers 3-2 Overtime Loss, Will Be No. 8 Seed In Playoffs

The Los Angeles Kings visited the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night as both teams closed out the 2011-12 NHL regular season. Both teams knew heading into the game that they were playoff-bound, but also knew that the Phoenix Coyotes had locked up the Pacific Division title and the No. 3 seed in the postseason. Saturday's game still held playoff implications, however, as the winner would be the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference, while the loser would become the No. 8 seed. In the end, the Kings were handed the 3-2 overtime loss and ended the regular season on a down note.

Justin Williams put the Kings on the board first with a power play goal at 11:09 in the first period, Williams' 22nd goal of the season. The Kings extended their lead on another power play goal i the second period, as Mike Richards put his 18th of the season past Antti Niemi.

The Sharks came back in the final period of regulation, getting on the board with Dan Boyle's eighth goal of the year just 35 seconds into the period, then tying it up on a Patrick Marleau power play goal at 8:14. The goal was Marleau's 30th of the season.

The game headed to overtime and appeared to be heading to a shootout when Boyle once again found the net with 1:02 left in the OT period for the Sharks win.

The Kings will face No. 1 seed and Presidents Trophy winners the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the NHL playoffs.

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Kings Vs. Sharks: Final Game Could Decide Pacific Division

The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks could be playing for the Pacific Division on Saturday night at the HP Pavilion. Or, they could be playing for the seventh seed in the Western Conference. Both teams enter Saturday night with 94 points, one point behind the Phoenix Coyotes in the division.

The Pacific Division winner will get the third seed. If Phoenix beats Minnesota, they will capture their first division crown. If not, the Kings and Sharks will be playing for the division in the final game of the NHL regular season.

San Jose is looking for their fifth straight division crown, while the Kings haven't won the division since 1991.

These teams played Thursday night in Los Angeles, a 6-5 shootout win for San Jose that was marred by Ryan Clowe interfering with a puck in the final two minutes as the Kings were rushing toward the Sharks' end of the ice. No penalty was called, as the referees apparently didn't see Clowe reach his stick out on the ice from the bench.

"I don't see why he shouldn't (get suspended)," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty told the Associated Press. "To me, that's like a guy running down the football field and a guy comes out and tackles him to keep him from getting a touchdown. I don't see how this is any different.

The Kings are 2-1-2 against the Sharks this season.

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NHL Playoffs 2012: Kings Still Don't Know How Pacific Division Will Shake Out

The Los Angeles Kings clinched a spot in the 2012 NHL playoffs on Thursday night thanks to a Dallas Stars loss. Unfortunately, the Kings suffered a 6-5 shootout loss against their Pacific Division rivals the San Jose Sharks, leaving the two teams tied atop the division with 94 points each. The division title carries with it the all-important No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. The Kings have one game left in their season -- also against the Sharks, when the teams meet again in San Jose on Saturday.

The plot gets substantially thicker due to the Phoenix Coyotes still having two games left on their schedule. The Coyotes are sitting on 93 points, just one point behind both the Sharks and the Kings. Thus, the Coyotes have a chance to take the Pacific Division title outright if they win out the season. The Coyotes will play on Friday against the St. Louis Blues and will close things out on Saturday against the Minnesota Wild.

Both the Kings and the Sharks will be glued to their televisions on Friday night and both teams will be rooting for a Phoenix loss. The game in St. Louis begins at 4:30 p.m. PT. If the Coyotes lose in regulation -- which they very well might against the formidable Blues -- Saturday's game between the Sharks and the Kings will decide the division.

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Kings Vs. Sharks: L.A. Clinches Playoff Spot, But Falls 6-5 In Shootout

The Kings and Sharks are tied atop the Pacific Division with 94 points.

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