Sharks grab lead in the third hold for 2-1 over Kings

November 13, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

~ Photo – The Associated Press

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ LOS ANGELES– In a tight game between the NHL’s top two defenses, San Jose prevailed over the Kings Sunday with a 2-1 win in the second of a back-to-back.

Los Angeles led for the majority of the game but the Sharks scored two in the third to mount a comeback. According to Elias Sports, that is just the third time the team has won trailing after two in Southern California.

Both San Jose’s Melker Karlsson and Joel Ward scored their third goals. The Sharks were backed by goalie Martin Jones, who stopped 26 of 27 shots.

San Jose took the lead when Ward (back to the net)’s left skate scored off a shot by Barclay Goodrow at 12:50. Regarding the fourth line, Coach Peter DeBoer remarked, “Yeah they give us momentum, they get over the boards. They play big, they play heavy, they play hard, and they tilt the ice in our favor…even when they’re not scoring. The goals are a bonus, and a big one tonight…”

The Kings had two power plays to one and scored on their first opportunity. After a bit of give-and-go between Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty, Kopitar shot from inside the faceoff circle and Dustin Brown tipped the puck into the net at 8:30. It was Brown’s second goal and third point in three games.  

The second period saw double-digit shots for both teams, the Sharks edging 15-11. Los Angeles had more power plays again though.

San Jose evened up power play opportunities at 2:19 but it was cut short and the teams played 4-on-4 when Joe Pavelski was called for tripping. ‘

The Kings then had a fresh two minutes when Ward was called for goaltender interference. The game’s first scuffle followed.

Los Angeles’ Tyler Toffoli and the Sharks’ Brenden Dillon and Mikkel Boedker each had three shots and seven more players got involved for San Jose with the attack versus four for the Kings.

The Sharks’ top line started the game with a new combo of Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl and Pavelski but went back to Kevin Labanc, Joe Thornton and Pavelski in the third.

San Jose’s other nifty goal came when Karlsson picked up a rebound off Hertl from Couture to tie the game up at 5:42.

The Sharks were the only one with a power play in the final period as they outshot Los Angeles 14-8.

Game notes: The rivalry is now tied 1-1. Labanc, who was recalled Sunday, had two shots on goal and one hi. San Jose next hosts the Florida Panthers Thursday at 7:30pm.

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