SAN JOSE, Calif. – Patrick Marleau scored once and assisted on San Jose’s other two second-period goals and the Sharks won for the seventh time in nine games, beating the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 on Monday night.
Joe Thornton started the second-period outburst with his fourth goal and Dan Boyle capped it by scoring his first of the season with San Jose on a two-man advantage as the Sharks picked up where they left off last post-season by once again beating the Kings. Logan Couture added a third-period goal and Antti Niemi made 29 saves for San Jose.
Jack Johnson scored on a two-man advantage to give the Kings a 1-0 lead but Jonathan Quick was unable to make that hold up and Los Angeles lost its fifth straight game. Anze Kopitar also scored a power-play goal for the Kings.
This was the first meeting of the season between the two California rivals, who played a tense first-round series last spring won by San Jose in six games, including three overtime wins for the Sharks.
BOSTON (AP)—Nathan Horton had two goals and an assist, and Tuukka Rask stopped 24 shots to earn his first win of the season.
The win pulled the defending Stanley Cup champions out of last place in the Eastern Conference. The have won three in a row for the first time this season.
Evgeni Nabokov allowed three goals on 12 shots before he was pulled just 12:40 into the game. Al Montoya went the rest of the way and made 21 saves for the Islanders.
New York pulled the goalie down 5-2 with 4:02 left, and David Krejci scored an empty-netter with 2:48 to play. Krejci had a goal and two assists in the game, giving him back-to-back three-point games after going scoreless in his previous six.