Kings beat Sharks 5-4 in overtime
AP Sports Writer
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Dustin Brown scored 1:16 into overtime and the Los Angeles Kings overcame a blown third-period lead to beat the San Jose Sharks 5-4 on Wednesday night.
After Dany Heatley’s pass to the point went out of the Sharks’ zone, Brown took the puck at center ice, skated in and beat Evgeni Nabokov through the legs for his seventh goal of the season.
Anze Kopitar ended the longest scoring drought of his career with a power-play tally in a three-goal second period for Los Angeles. Teddy Purcell, Jarret Stoll and Drew Doughty also scored for the Kings, who have won five of six and snapped a five-game losing streak in San Jose.
Manny Malhotra tied the game for the Sharks when he beat Erik Ersberg with a wrist shot for his seventh goal of the season with 7:41 remaining in regulation.
Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski and Dan Boyle scored for the Sharks, who have dropped three straight home games for the first time since the 2007-08 season.
Ersberg made 30 saves to earn his second win of the season in his first start since beating Carolina on Nov. 11.
This matchup between the top two teams in the Pacific Division gave the Kings a chance to see how they measured up against the defending division champions. Los Angeles answered the challenge with an impressive second period in which it quieted the sellout crowd at the Shark Tank and helped move within two points of San Jose.
The Kings scored the first three goals of the period, erasing a 2-1 deficit and carrying them to their second win in three meetings with San Jose this season. The Sharks win against Los Angeles came in a shootout in October.
Stoll started the second-period barrage by tipping Jack Johnson’s shot from the point through Nabokov’s legs to tie it at 2. The Kings took the lead with their second power-play goal of the game, one shy of the total allowed at home all season by San Jose coming into the night. Doughty fed Kopitar with a perfect cross-ice pass, and Nabokov had no chance to stop the Kings’ leading scorer. It was Kopitar’s 15th goal, but the first in 14 games since Nov. 9 at Chicago.
Doughty then added a goal to make it 4-2 midway through the period before Boyle got the Sharks back within one with his seventh goal.
NOTES: The Kings’ last win in San Jose came in a shootout on Nov. 28, 2007. … Sharks F Ryane Clowe extended his career-best, point-scoring streak to 10 games with two assists. … San Jose had killed 47 of 50 penalties at home before allowing two power-play goals to the Kings.