Couture leads Sharks to yet another win over Kings, 4-1
San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture, center, celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)
LOS ANGELES (AP) Logan Couture had two goals and an assist, Ryan Carpenter scored his first NHL goal and the San Jose Sharks extended their recent mastery over the Los Angeles Kings with a 4-1 victory Wednesday night.
Kevin Labanc also scored and Martin Jones made 26 saves against his former team in the Pacific Division-leading Sharks' fifth win in six games. Couture and Carpenter scored 30 seconds apart in the final minute of the first period, and Los Angeles couldn't recover from that defensive lapse.
Dustin Brown scored for the Kings, whose five-game winning streak ended with another frustrating night against their upstate rivals.
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Peter Budaj stopped 20 shots in Los Angeles' first home loss in seven games since Nov. 1.