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Marleau, Pavelski score power-play goals to send Sharks into break with 4-2 win over Kings

  • San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture (39) scores past Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture (39) scores past Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture (39) celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture (39) celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi, right, awaits a shot on goal next to Los Angeles Kings' Dustin Brown during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi, right, awaits a shot on goal next to Los Angeles Kings' Dustin Brown during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski scored power-play goals to send the San Jose Sharks into the NHL All-Star break on a winning note with a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night.

Logan Couture scored twice for the Sharks, who had lost five of their previous six home games. Antti Niemi made 15 of his 26 saves in the third period.

Dustin Brown and Jeff Carter scored for the Kings, who have lost seven of eight, although four came after regulation. Jonathan Quick made 21 saves.

With the teams locked in a one-goal game in the third period, Pavelski gave the Sharks some needed insurance after Drew Doughty negated a Los Angeles power play by high-sticking Couture.