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Sharks top Kings to end season series

San Jose hangs on to defeat Los Angeles for third time in five games

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Brent Burns and Tommy Wingels scored in the first period, and Joe Pavelski's power-play goal in the second helped the San Jose Sharks defeat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 at Staples Center on Wednesday.

Martin Jones, who started his NHL career with the Kings, made 22 saves for the Sharks (27-16-2). He has 23 wins this season and is 6-2-2 against the Kings in his career.

"He was great," Burns said. "He's great every night for us. It's no different than any other night. He's a stud every night for us. Huge save in the third there, an amazing leg save."

 

WATCH: All Sharks vs. Kings highlights

 

Tanner Pearson and Marian Gaborik scored, and Dustin Brown had two assists for the Kings (22-19-4).

Burns scored his Sharks-leading 19th goal at 3:31 for a 1-0 lead. His shot from the left point changed direction when it went off Anze Kopitar.

Pearson tied it 1-1 at 5:46 when he redirected Derek Forbort's shot. Wingels made it 2-1 at 15:42.

"I lost my guy in the corner and caused a 2-on-1 up the ice," Pearson said. "It's small things like that, attention to detail."

Video: SJS@LAK: Burns' shot from the blue line deflects in

With Kings center Jeff Carter off for high sticking, the Sharks needed nine seconds to take a 3-1 lead on Pavelski's goal at 10:00. Gaborik pulled the Kings within 3-2 at 15:19.

The Kings had five shots on goal in the third period.

"When it's that close going into the third period, you need your top guys to step up and make a difference in the third," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "That wasn't the case."

The Kings went 3-4-0 on their homestand, losing the last two. They are eight points behind the Sharks for third place in the Pacific Division.

"You want to leave on a good note," Los Angeles defenseman Jake Muzzin said. "We're not leaving on a good note."

 

Goal of the game

Wingels converted a 2-on-1 off a Micheal Haley pass.

Video: SJS@LAK: Wingels buries Haley's feed on two-on-one

 

Save of the game

Jones extended his right leg to deny Dwight King at 5:25 of the third period.

Video: SJS@LAK: Jones sprawls for amazing pad stop on King

 

Highlight of the game

Pavelski played the puck off the end boards and banked it off goalie Peter Budaj to score.

Video: SJS@LAK: Pavelski scoops in PPG from side of net

 

Unsung performance of the game

The Sharks penalty kill went 4-for-4 and held the Kings to one shot on goal.

 

They said it

"I'm real proud of our effort. We had a bit of a thin lineup and I thought we competed our (butts) off and played hard. It isn't an easy building to win in. They play a physical game." -- Sharks coach Peter DeBoer

 

"We have to be better in our preparation and getting ready for big games. This is a huge game for our team and we kind of came out a little flat." -- Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin

 

Need to know

Sharks forward Joe Thornton had two assists and with 1,370 points moved past Johnny Bucyk (1,369) into 24th place on the NHL list. … The Sharks went 3-1-1 against the Kings in their completed season series. "I am glad to be done with them," DeBoer said. "If we don't see them again, I'll be all right with that." … Sharks center Logan Couture was scratched (illness).

 

What's next

Sharks: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET; SN, SN1, CSN-CA, SUN, NHL.TV)

Kings: At the New York Islanders on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; KCOP-13, MSG+, NHL.TV)

Video: Pavelski, Jones lead Sharks to a 3-2 win over Kings

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