The San Jose Sharks were three minutes away from heading back home with what would have been a huge win in Los Angeles to tie their Western Conference semifinal series.
Three minutes. That's it.
And then in the blink of an eye it all disappeared thanks to a couple of late penalties and two Kings power play goals just 22 seconds apart to turn a 3-2 Sharks lead into a 4-3 loss and a two-game deficit in the series.
That's a pretty crushing way to not only open a series, but to also end a game that San Jose seemed to have the upper hand in for most of the night.
Just 20 seconds after Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart was sent off for tripping, Marc-Edouard Vlasic was given a two-minute for delay of game for shooting the puck over the glass on what appeared to be an innocent looking play in his own zone.
There didn't seem to be any intent on his part to shoot the puck out of play, and it may have even deflected off of Kings forward Jeff Carter, but it resulted in a penalty to give the Kings an extended 5-on-3 advantage. It will also no doubt fire up another round of discussion as to whether or not that's a rule that needs to be reviewed and perhaps even changed.
But for now the rule is on the books and it has to be called, and it helped spark a wild Kings comeback that was capped off by the Trevor Lewis goal shown above.
If there's a silver lining for the Sharks it's that they not only played extremely well and hung with the defending Stanley Cup Champions, but also finally found a way to solve goalie Jonathan Quick, putting three shots past him.
The bad news is it still wasn't enough and as they head back home down 2-0 in the series.
Winning four out of the next five games isn't going to be an easy task for the Sharks, but if they're able to play like they did on Thursday they might have a shot. Then again, going up against a team like Los Angeles even that is probably easier said than done.