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Ward lifts Sharks past Kings

Sports Xchange
13 Nov 2017, 16:30 GMT+10

LOS ANGELES -- Joel Ward scored the decisive third-period goal and Martin Jones made 26 saves as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Sunday night.

San Jose (10-6-0) won its second straight game and six out of its last seven contests. Melker Karlsson registered the other Sharks goal. San Jose evened the season series at one game apiece.

Los Angeles (11-4-2) lost its second consecutive home game and has lost consecutive games for the first time this season. Dustin Brown scored the Kings' lone goal. Jonathan quick made 31 saves.

It was the first regulation loss for Los Angeles when leading after two periods (5-1-0).

San Jose took a 2-1 lead on Ward's third goal of the season at 12:50 of the third period. The Sharks kept possession in the offensive zone off a bad Los Angeles line change and Barclay Goodrow's pass deflected off Ward's left skate from 23 feet away through Quick's legs.

Los Angeles took a 1-0 lead on Brown's power-play goal, his eighth of the season, at 8:30 of the first period. Brown was stationed in front of Jones to tip in a wrist shot by Anze Kopitar with Drew Doughty registering the secondary assist.

San Jose's Timo Meier had an opportunity to tie the game with less than two minutes remaining in the second period on a breakaway. Meier gained possession after a Kings offensive zone turnover but his wrist shot under pressure went wide of the cage to Quick's left.

The Sharks tied the score at 1-1 on Karlsson's third goal of the season at 5:42 of the third period.

Logan Couture gained possession in the slot after a Los Angeles defensive zone turnover and his wrist shot deflected off Tomas Hertl to Karlsson, who deposited the puck into an open cage. The score broke a seven-game goal-less streak for Karlsson.

NOTES: San Jose recalled LW Kevin Labanc from AHL San Jose Barracuda on Sunday. Labanc has posted seven points (three goals, four assists) in 13 games this season for the Sharks. ... San Jose did not dress RW Jannik Hansen, C Ryan Carpenter and D Dylan Demelo. ... The Sharks start a three-game homestand against the Florida Panthers on Thursday. Los Angeles scratched D Christian Folin and C Michael Amadio. ... Kings C Adrian Kempe returned to the lineup after missing Thursday's game against Tampa Bay with an illness. ... Kopitar's first-period assist extended his consecutive point-scoring streak to eight games (2G, 8A).

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