SJS
51-22-9
LAK
46-28-8

Kings rally, beat Sharks in overtime

Curtis Zupke  - NHL.com Correspondent | Thursday, 10.31.2013 / 2:24 AM

LOS ANGELES – The calendar changed, but the scene was still the same in the dressing rooms of Staples Center.

The Los Angeles Kings casually talked about another close win. The San Jose Sharks lamented what went wrong.

Almost five months to the day after the Kings eliminated the Sharks in Game 7 of an excruciatingly close Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinal last spring, L.A. pulled out another win Wednesday night against its rival.

Anze Kopitar scored on a slap shot during a 4-on-3 power play in overtime to complete the Kings' come-from-behind 4-3 win at Staples Center. Los Angeles erased deficits of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 on the second night of a back-to-back sequence against the NHL-best Sharks.

Including the Stanley Cup Playoffs, L.A. improved to 11-0-1 in its past 12 meetings against San Jose at Staples Center. It is also 6-0 in overtime and shootouts this season.

"I'm extremely proud of the way we came back from three one-goal deficits," said Justin Williams, the hero of that Game 7 last season. "We didn't let the game get away from us. We killed a penalty when we needed to and we scored a power-play goal when we needed to. We won one in overtime. Big division game."

L.A. erased a 3-2 deficit on Williams' power-play goal before Kopitar scored at 2:32 with Justin Braun serving a hooking penalty. Kopitar had plenty of room to wind up with Jeff Carter crowding the crease in front of Sharks goalie Antti Niemi.

Did Kopitar hear people yelling at him to shoot?

"I've been hearing that a lot," Kopitar said.

On a serious note, Kopitar said it was "probably the closest you can get to playoff hockey this time of the year. I thought it was a lot of intensity, a lot of hitting. As usual when we play these guys, whoever wins the special teams usually comes out on top. We did that tonight and got the two points."

San Jose held a 3-2 lead with under eight minutes remaining when they took their second too-many-men penalty of the game. L.A. promptly set up in San Jose's end, and Kopitar fed Williams between the circles for a top-shelf goal at 12:21 of the third. San Jose was outshot, 12-3, in third period and overtime and took seven penalties on the night.

"It's not the end of the world," San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. "Penalties are an issue and too many men on the ice is an issue for me. You would think that after it happened after the first time that everybody would be a little more alert on the bench, but for the same line coming up –and maybe even the same individual – for it to happen twice is unacceptable, so that really hurt us.

"I don't know if we have a lot of issues. We've got some things we need to work on. Some of it is just individuals being sharp, and you can't beat teams like that with a few guys that aren't quite there. It's as simple as that."

Special teams were crucial for both sides in the third period. Joe Thornton made a great stick block on Dustin Brown during a Kings power play, and L.A. killed Daniel Carcillo's boarding penalty after Logan Couture hit the post.

Of course, it never would have gone to overtime if not for the second too-many-men penalty.

"It was a tough call on the too many men on the ice on the last one," Thornton said. "We would have liked to finish them off and grab the two points. I thought we played well and probably deserved better, but that's the way it works sometimes."

L.A. had trouble taking care of the puck and paid for it on San Jose's first power-play strike, scored by Couture with 1:56 remaining in the second. Willie Mitchell couldn't clear the puck from behind the net and Patrick Marleau set up Couture for a one-timer from the high slot. Kyle Clifford was in the penalty box for goalie interference. The Kings took five minor penalties and have 68 on the season, among the most in the NHL.

Kings coach Darryl Sutter mixed up all his defensemen pairings and tweaked his second, third and fourth lines after a 3-1 loss Tuesday night to the Phoenix Coyotes.

Some of it worked because for much of the first 40 minutes, L.A. lulled San Jose into its game with its physicality – it outhit the Sharks 31-12 at one point in the second – and managed a 2-2 tie on 11 shots. Both goals came with traffic in front of Niemi, including Drew Doughty's fourth goal this season on a wrist shot 2:32 into the game. Jarret Stoll tipped Slava Voynov's slap shot at 3:15 of the second period.

It was a Kings turnover that gave San Jose a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes. Voynov's pass bounced off the stick of Trevor Lewis and the Sharks went the other way. Joe Pavelski buried Tommy Wingels' pass into the upper right corner of the net at 11:27 of the first.

The Sharks needed all of 13 seconds and three passes to exercise their first-period dominance. Tyler Kennedy passed it to Couture, who drove down the right wing and found a wide-open pinching defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic for quick shot and 1-0 lead.

Sharks wing Martin Havlat made his season debut, but had no shots on goal in 14:01 minutes of ice time.

"I'm going to have to watch it again," McLellan said. "He did some good things. I thought he fit in well. It's not an easy place to come in to play your first game, and he didn't have any exhibition [games] or even training camp, for that matter. For him to come back, I thought he did good."

Defenseman Dan Boyle missed a seventh straight game with a head injury.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
00:13SJS Marc-Edouard Vlasic (3) ASST: Logan Couture (9), Tyler Kennedy (4) 1 - 0 SJS
02:32LAK Drew Doughty (4) ASST: Justin Williams (5) 1 - 1 Tie
11:27SJS Joe Pavelski (5) ASST: Tommy Wingels (6) 2 - 1 SJS
2nd Period
03:15LAK Jarret Stoll (2) ASST: Slava Voynov (2), Dustin Brown (4) 2 - 2 Tie
18:04SJS PPG - Logan Couture (7) ASST: Patrick Marleau (7), Jason Demers (7) 3 - 2 SJS
3rd Period
12:21LAK PPG - Justin Williams (5) ASST: Anze Kopitar (11), Mike Richards (7) 3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
02:32LAK PPG - Anze Kopitar (2) ASST: Drew Doughty (3), Mike Richards (8) 4 - 3 LAK
Three Stars of the Game
Justin Williams
1st
Justin Williams
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 17:54
Logan Couture
2nd
Logan Couture
C
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 19:21
Jarret Stoll
3rd
Jarret Stoll
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 14:35
Penalty Summary
1st Period
07:04SJS Matt Irwin  Interference against  Colin Fraser
12:11LAK Kyle Clifford  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Brown
12:11SJS Mike Brown  Fighting (maj) against  Kyle Clifford
13:21SJS Joe Pavelski  Hooking against  Justin Williams
14:13LAK Justin Williams  Slashing against  Logan Couture
18:18LAK Willie Mitchell  Interference against  James Sheppard
2nd Period
13:39SJS James Sheppard  Too many men/ice - bench
17:22LAK Kyle Clifford  Interference on goalkeeper against  Antti Niemi
3rd Period
04:36SJS Tommy Wingels  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jonathan Quick
12:00SJS James Sheppard  Too many men/ice - bench
14:30LAK Daniel Carcillo  Boarding against  Logan Couture
OT Period
00:53SJS Justin Braun  Hooking against  Jeff Carter
shots by period
PeriodSJSLAK
1st98
2nd83
3rd38
OT04
Total2023
Team Stats
CategorySJSLAK
Power Plays1/42/6
Hits2146
Faceoff Wins2339
Giveaways1720
Takeaways35
Blocked Shots177
Penalty Minutes1713
  • SAN JOSE
  • LOS ANGELES
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28J. StollC1011014:35
33W. MitchellD0001218:34
44R. RegehrD0001017:57
74D. KingL0000018:05
77J. CarterC00-12023:02
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
32J. Quick1720.85062:32