Couture helps Sharks down Kings

San Jose, CA ( - Logan Couture had two goals and an assist to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday.

Patrick Marleau had a goal and an assist while Joe Pavelski also scored for the Sharks, who had lost their previous two coming in. Antti Niemi allowed two goals on 28 shots.

"What is most satisfying is the competitiveness that we showed up with," Sharks head coach Todd McLellan said. "We have to capture it and be prepared to bring it to the rink after the break every night."

Dustin Brown scored the only goal of the game for the Kings, who have lost four straight and seven of eight. Jonathan Quick gave up three goals on 24 shots.

"We've got to do a better job in certain areas," Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr said. "You can't afford to give up two power-play goals against and really expect to win too many games, especially on the road."

San Jose got on the board at 10:44 of the first period as Couture charged to the left of the net and made a little fake before lifting the puck in for his 17th of the season.

The Kings tied the game with 8:21 to play in the second period as Brown's wraparound from the left side went in after a broken play in front.

San Jose, though, took the lead back five minutes later on the power play as Couture's shot from the left point was tipped in by Marleau for his ninth of the season.

Pavelski snapped home a loose puck from down low on the power play at 8:27 of the third period to give San Jose a 3-1 advantage.

Los Angeles failed to capitalize on a two-man advantage late in the third, but did get a power-play goal with Quick on the bench for an extra attacker and 22.4 seconds left. A right circle faceoff win saw Anze Kopitar throw a shot on net that Carter was able to tip in.

They kept Quick out, but couldn't find the net for the tying goal and Couture was given a goal when he was interfered with on a clean break right before the buzzer.

Game Notes

Los Angeles hosts Chicago next Wednesday ... San Jose hosts Anaheim next Thursday ... The Sharks were 2-for-3 on the power play, while the Kings were 1-for-5.