Kings cool off Sharks

Los Angeles, CA ( – Anze Kopitar finished with a goal and an
assist to lift the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-1 victory over the in-state rival
San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

Tyler Toffoli and Jake Muzzin also scored and Jonathan Quick made 21 saves for
the Kings, who have won three of their last four games.

Joe Pavelski netted San Jose’s lone goal and Antti Niemi stopped 26 shots in
defeat. The Sharks entered the game 9-1-1 over their last 11 contests.

The Kings went ahead on the power play. Marian Gaborik drove in on net and
banked the puck off Niemi’s pad to Kopitar, who lifted a shot over Niemi from
the right side of the cage for a 2-1 game 10:13 into the middle stanza.

Muzzin wound up at the left circle and rifled a shot past Niemi short side on
the man advantage 3:18 into the third period.

Quick stopped nine shots in the third to preserve the win.

The Sharks didn’t wait long to get on the board. Joe Thornton stripped Justin
Williams of the puck and slipped a pass to Pavelski, who skated in from the
left circle and fired a shot that squeaked through the pads of Quick and over
the goal line 2:39 into the game.

Jamie McBain sent a pass from the right circle down to Toffoli, who beat Niemi
from the left side of the net for a tie game with 5:56 left in the first.

Game Notes

Darryl Sutter won his 116th game as the Kings’ head coach, surpassing Tom
Webster for sole possession of fifth overall on the franchise list … Los
Angeles has scored at least one power-play goal in five straight games
and has scored two-or-more PPGs in four consecutive games for the first time
since Mar. 4-11, 1993 … The Kings are 9-1-1 in their last 11 home games
against the Sharks … Kopitar extended his assist streak to five games …
San Jose forward John Scott started serving his four-game suspension.