Sharks Fall in OT, Lose 2nd Straight to LA 2-1

January 3, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

Los Angeles Kings’ Jeff Carter (77) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan 3, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. The Kings won, 2-1 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

By Jerry Feitelberg

SAN JOSE–Tanner Pearson scored 58 seconds into overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings a 2-1 victory in San Jose Tuesday night. Logan Couture scored his 12th goal of the season for the Sharks, but Jeff Carter’s 21st goal of the season tied the contest up in the third period. Martin Jones made 33 saves on 35 shots in the loss.

Jones had to be his best early in the game, turning aside 16 first period shots. He turned away 8 second period shots to help the Sharks take the lead on Couture’s strike with 8:04 left in the period. Couture’s shot trickled in past Peter Budaj, giving Kevin Labanc and Paul Martin assists.

The Kings dominated most of play in the first and second periods and appeared to tie the game up, but a review proved the puck was batted into the net by Marian Gaborik’s hand on the stick. They would however score on the power play 3:03 into the third after Carter’s redirect of a Jake Muzzin shot beat Jones.

Carter would also assist on the game-winner, taking a puck rebounding off Labanc’s skate the other way before feeding Pearson on the 2-on-1. The goal gave the Kings two wins in a home-and-home set against the Sharks.

Up next for San Jose is a match-up with the red-hot Minnesota Wild followed by a third-straight home game against the Detroit Red Wings.


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