Found October 31, 2013 on Sports Report SoCal:
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The San Jose Sharks came into Staples Center with some attitude and a 10-1-1 record to face division rival, the Los Angeles Kings who are 8-5-0. Thanks to a well-paced power play in overtime, Anze Kopitar was able to help the Kings swim past the Sharks (not literally) in overtime with a killer slap shot to give the Kings a 4-3 victory.   This was the first game against their division rival since the Kings bounced the Sharks from the Western Conference Semi-finals in seven games last season. This is also one of the hottest starts San Jose has had in their history. This was going to be a heated game and LA knew it. The Kings needed to bounce back from a horrible 12-hour road trip against the Phoenix Coyotes as they lost 3-1. This was the second of back-to-back games for LA. Talk about a fast start! –> RT @SanJoseSharks: #SJSharks GOAL! #Pickles (Vlasic) scores 13 seconds in! Sharks lead 1-0! — NHL (@NHL) October 31, 2013 So, San Jose was not messing around, apparently. Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored for the Sharks 13 seconds in to the game and the collective Black and White faithful shook their heads and were believed to be in for a long night. But wait, what was that coming down from the sky? It is Super Drew Doughty! GIF: Drew Doughty ties the game up for the @LAKings 1-1 vs the @SanJoseSharks https://t.co/Blm6yt6TBr — The Royal Half (@theroyalhalf) October 31, 2013 Doughty answered back with a goal of his own at 2:32 into the game. The intensity and the passion was kicked in to high-gear early as both of these early goals were the first shots of the game for each team. There were three ties in this game and up until it was 3-3, San Jose would score first  to break the tie with the Kings playing catch-up three different times.   Joe Pavelski started it off in the middle of the first period, helping the Sharks go up 2-1. Jarret Stoll tied it up for the Kings early in the second period, but just before the second intermission, Shark’s Center, Logan Couture, took the wind out of LA’s sails as he lit up the red light for San Jose’s third of the night. JUSTIN WILLIAMS SNIPE!!! 3-3 #LAKings — Die Hards (@DieHardKingFans) October 31, 2013 The Kings battled back in the third with a lot of pressure and quick defense and at 12:21, Justin Williams sent one top shelf on a crucial power play. They had rolled away with a big fat “0” in the goal column in the previous five power plays, so this one came at the perfect time for the Kings because it not only gave them confidence in the PP, but now, this game was all tied up!   To overtime we go and the set-up for the Kings could not be any sweeter as Shark defenseman, Justin Braun got caught for hooking and was sent to the penalty box less than a minute in. That was all the Kings needed and mind you, overtime skates four on four players, so with this penalty, the Kings went up on a 4-3 man advantage. The Kings had a ton of open ice and took their time in front of the Sharks’ net. Some well timed passes, specifically Mike Richards to Doughty in the middle of overtime, set up Kopitar at the top of the slot and that was all he needed. The game winning goal was Kopitar’s second of the year. To go with that he added an assist which is his 11th of the year. “We need a come-from-behind win and we got it. It took us 64 minutes, but eventually we got it done.” – Justin Williams — LA Kings (@LAKings) October 31, 2013   Anze Kopitar: “It’s probably the closest you can get to playoff hockey this time of the year. A lot of intensity, a lot of hitting.” — lisa dillman (@reallisa) October 31, 2013 The Kings held on to defeat a hot San Jose team and did so in convincing fashion. A statement was made, the battle for the Pacific Division will be tough and will go through one of these teams, if not both. This is, in fact, the best division in the NHL, which says a lot going forward into the season.   The Kings take on the Nashville Predators Saturday at 7:30pm at Staples Center.     Mike W.R. Twitter: @TheBigDisco
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