Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Anze Kopitar scored on a power play in overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings a come-from-behind 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.
The Kings tied it on Justin Williams' power-play goal in the third period and handed the Sharks only their third loss of the season when Kopitar rifled a one-timer from the point with Justin Braun off for hooking.
Drew Doughty and Jarret Stoll also scored for Los Angeles and Mike Richards had two assists. Jonathan Quick had 17 saves in the win and didn't face a shot in overtime as the Kings pressured San Jose goaltender Antti Niemi.
Los Angeles was coming off a loss at Phoenix Tuesday night -- the team's only road test in a nine-game stretch.
The Kings played their third game in four nights.
"It's probably the closest you can get to playoff hockey this time of the year," Kopitar said. "I thought it was a lot of intensity, a lot of hitting. As usual when we play these guys, whoever wins the special teams usually comes out on top. We did that tonight and got the two points."
Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture scored for the Sharks, who had won two in a row since their only regulation loss of the season last Thursday at Boston. Niemi had 19 saves.
San Jose, playing its third game in five days, went 3-1-1 on a five-game road trip.
The Sharks squandered three one-goal leads.
"When we have the lead we should be able to shut it down," said San Jose coach Todd McLellan.
In the first meeting between the teams since the Kings ousted the Sharks in the Western Conference semifinals last season, Vlasic scored 13 seconds into the game from the slot on a pass from Couture.
Doughty tied it for the Kings 2:19 later, also from the slot.
"The best part for me was the fact they scored a couple seconds in and we were able to come right back," said Kings coach Darryl Sutter.
But Pavelski put the Sharks back on top at the 11:27 mark after the Kings couldn't clear the zone.
Stoll tipped in Slava Voynov's shot 3:15 into the second before Couture's power-play goal with 1:56 left in the period gave San Jose a 3-2 lead going into the third.
Kopitar found Williams in the slot for his game-tying goal with 7:39 left in regulation.