LOS ANGELES – The Sharks were less than two minutes from evening up their series with Los Angeles. A pair of penalties and two power play goals later, they now trail the Kings two games to none.
Brad Stuart’s tripping minor and Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s delay of game resulted in a pair of goals by Dustin Brown and Trevor Lewis as the Kings shocked San Jose, winning 4-3.
Brown's came on a five-on-three when he found the rebound of a Mike Richards wrist shot from the circle with 1:43 left. Just 22 seconds later, Trevor Lewis deposited the rebound of a Tyler Toffoli low shot that went off of Antti Niemi's pad right to Lewis' tape at 18:39.
The series shifts to San Jose for Game 3 on Saturday (6 p.m., NBCSN).
Trailing 2-0, the Sharks finally broke through on Jonathan Quick in the second period, scoring their first two goals of the series. A pretty passing play that started with Dan Boyle along the wall resulted in a tap-in goal by Patrick Marleau at 9:47, with Logan Couture and Joe Thornton getting the assists. It was Marleau’s fifth of the playoffs.
San Jose tied it when Stuart’s from blast from high in the zone beat Quick, who appeared to be screened, to the far side at 14:21.
Vlasic gave the Sharks their first lead of the series in the third period. After a shot from Stuart from just inside the zone sailed wide, the puck bounced in front of the net, and with Tommy Wingels battling the Kings’ Colin Fraser in the crease Vlasic got just enough of the puck at 8:56.
Stuart (1g, 1a) and Scott Gomez (2a) each registered two points for the Sharks. Jeff Carter's goal and assist led the Kings.
Los Angeles took the lead on its first shot of the game. The Sharks had some good shifts to start the game, but Carter skated up the wing and released a wrist shot that sailed past Niemi at 3:06 of the first period.
The Kings made it 2-0 on the power play on Drew Doughty’s point shot at 4:10 of the second with Scott Hannan in the box on an interference minor.
Earlier in the day, the NHL announced Raffi Torres was suspended for the remainder of the series for his hit on the Kings’ Jarret Stoll. Joe Pavelski moved up to play wing on the top line with Couture and Marleau, while Gomez centered the third line with Wingels and James Sheppard.
The Sharks were unable to generate any sort of momentum on their power play, finishing the night 0-for-4. They are 0-for-7 in the series.
The Kings finished 3-for-6 after getting just one power play in Game 1.
Niemi made 27 saves, while Quick stopped 28 in his sixth straight win.
Marleau’s goal was the first surrendered by Quick since 4:39 of the second period in Game 6 of the Kings’ series-clinching win over the Blues.
Tim Kennedy made his first appearance in the series, taking the place vacated by Torres. Kennedy centered the fourth line between Bracken Kearns and Andrew Desjardins.
Stoll did not play, and according to reports could be out of action for a week or more after getting hit in the head by Torres in the second period of Game 1. Brad Richardson replaced him, and got the only assist on Doughty’s goal.
Vlasic left the ice late in the second after getting hit from behind by Carter. Early in the third, Anze Kopitar got hit with a deflected puck on the left side of his face and was slow to get up. He left the ice for repairs and returned midway through the frame.
Following Saturday’s Game 3, there will be a two-day break before the series resumes in San Jose on Tuesday for Game 4. Game 5, if necessary, is back at Staples Center next Thursday, May 23.