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Kings rally late, defeat Sharks in overtime

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- Marian Gaborik scored on a breakaway at 4:06 in overtime, lifting the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 victory against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Sunday. 
  
Gaborik took a pass from Tyler Toffoli and beat Sharks goaltender Martin Jones with a shot from the left circle for his second overtime goal of the season.

 "It definitely feels great to contribute with a goal," Gaborik said. "It's been a while. I had a half-breakaway and just tried to go high glove, and I'm glad it went in."
 
Drew Doughty and Vincent Lecavalier had goals and Jhonas Enroth made 30 saves for Los Angeles (30-15-3). The first-place Kings extended their lead on the Sharks in the Pacific Division to nine points. 

Los Angeles forced overtime when Lecavalier scored with 12.2 seconds left in regulation with the extra attacker. He poked a rebound through Jones' legs from close range for his fourth goal in nine games after being acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers. 

Dustin Brown sent the puck toward the net from the right boards, Tanner Pearson redirected it on net, and Lecavalier got the loose puck past Jones.
 
"It definitely feels good, 12 seconds left," Lecavalier said. "It's a great play by [Brown]. We actually had eye contact when he went to the corner he saw me behind the net kind of going in front of the net. It was a perfect play. I was just there at right time."

Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture scored and Jones started against his former team for the fourth time this season and made 29 saves for San Jose (25-19-4), which is 7-0-2 in its past nine games. The Sharks are 9-12-2 at SAP Center.
 
"Obviously we want to hunt them down," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "They didn't lock up the division tonight that I know of, did they? So we like how we're playing and we're going to chase them right to the final buzzer."
 
Couture broke a 1-1 tie at 11:42 of the third period with his third goal of the season, putting a shot past Enroth from the left circle. Sharks forward Joonas Donskoi beat defenseman Jake Muzzin to the puck behind the net and fed a wide-open Couture. 
  
The Sharks had a prime scoring chance midway through overtime on a 3-on-1 rush, but Donskoi's shot went wide. 
  
Pavelski gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 3:39 of the second period when he beat Enroth with a wrist shot from the left circle. Joe Thornton started the play, sprinting out of the penalty box, winning a battle for the puck with defenseman Christian Ehrhoff behind the Kings' net and making a pass from his knees to Tomas Hertl in front. Hertl sent a quick pass to Pavelski, who put the puck inside the left post. 
  
With the assist, Thornton extended his point streak to nine games. He's had a point in 17 of his past 18. 
 
"We feel we can play against anybody, and that's a good feeling to have," Thornton said. "We have a great feeling in this locker room. We feel we have our home game in control now. It took us a while, but we feel confident at home, and our road record speaks for itself. We thought we had them. But that's hockey. It's a good hockey team and you can't hang your heads after a lot like that. We played great and we'll get better results in the future."
 
The Kings pulled even at 6:30 of the third period on Doughty's power-play goal. With Sharks forward Mike Brown in the penalty box for roughing Doughty, the latter took a cross-ice pass from Muzzin and sent a slap shot from the high right circle past Jones. 

Los Angeles was 1-for-4 on the power play; San Jose was 0-for-4.
 
"We're playing good on the road," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "Did last night too. Overcame a little adversity, being down a goal. Probably the difference tonight was special teams, clearly. They have a dominant power play. We were able to kill four, and Drew scores a big power play goal for us."
  
The Kings were without first-line forward Milan Lucic, who was suspended Sunday for one game for roughing Arizona Coyotes defenseman Kevin Connauton on Saturday. 
 
"Obviously it's a huge loss, but we stepped up," Gaborik said. "After a not very good performance [Saturday] night we came up huge tonight."

 Enroth made his eighth start of the season and first since Jan. 4. He is 5-0-0 in his career against San Jose.
 
"Needed him to win a game," Sutter said. "Backup goalies, their job is they got to play in tough situations. They got to win. He needed to win. He hadn't won [since Nov. 12]. He needed to win. He didn't get a lot of work, but he had to make some big saves."

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