The Sharks are headed back to Los Angeles

Joe Thornton and TJ Galiardi scored for San Jose and Antti Niemi made 25 saves to give the Sharks a 2-1 win at HP Pavilion on Sunday night. Game 7 is on Tuesday night at Staples Center (6 p.m., NBCSN).

The home team has won all six games in the series. The Sharks are 5-2 all-time in franchise history in Game 7

Scoring first and getting a power play goal were at the top of the list for the Sharks in terms of importance heading into Game 6. They accomplished both early

Mike Richards (hooking) and Anze Kopitar (delay of game) were whistled for minors just 14 seconds apart, giving the Sharks a lengthy two-man advantage. Joe Pavelski patiently waited for the right moment to thread a pass through the slot to Thornton, leading to an easy goal for the captain at 6:09. The marker was Thornton’s second of the playoffs

San Jose got some help from its goalie – and the posts – in maintaining that lead through the first 20 minutes, as Drew Doughty, Dwight King and Kopitar all rang one off of the iron. Niemi’s best saves came on Trevor Lewis on a Kings power play, when he stopped the forward in front of the net and then again on a redirection with Dan Boyle off on a high-sticking minor

The Sharks increased their lead in the second, when Galiardi’s wrist shot from the whizzed past the short side of Jonathan Quick at 4:10. Robyn Regehr was defending Galiardi on the play, while Scott Hannan and Niemi got the assists

San Jose had a prime chance to make it 3-0 when Justin Williams high-sticked Marc-Edouard Vlasic at 7:28, putting the Sharks on a four-minute power play. They managed just two shots, though, including Tommy Wingels’ attempt just before Williams exited the box that handcuffed Quick

Los Angeles cut into the lead at 13:53. Matt Greene’s shot bounced off of Wingels’ shin pad to the corner, where Dustin Brown convertedfrom a bad angle by bouncing it off of Niemi, who didn’t cover the near post in time

Rather than sit on their lead, like they did in Game 4, the Sharks kept up the pressure in the third period and outshot Los Angeles 9-8 in the final frame. Patrick Marleau had a partial breakaway with five minutes left, but couldn’t quite slide in a backhand with Jake Muzzin hustling back

The Kings pulled Quick with a minute and a half left in the third, but Los Angeles could not get set up in the offensive zone before time expired

Adam Burish made his debut in the series. The fourth liner suffered a broken right hand on May 7 in the clinching game over the Vancouver Canucks, and was previously ruled out for the series.