Kings 5, Sharks 2: Kyle Clifford recorded his first career two-goal performance as host Los Angeles earned a split of its home-and-home series against San Jose.
Jarret Stoll had a goal and an assist, Justin Williams and Dwight King also scored and Jonathan Bernier made 20 saves for the Kings, who dropped a 4-3 decision at San Jose on Thursday.
Patrick Marleau and defenseman Matt Irwin tallied for the Sharks, who have won only once in six games (1-3-2). Alex Stalock made five saves in relief of Antti Niemi, who allowed four goals on 18 shots in the opener of San Jose's five-game road trip.
Clifford opened the scoring 2:27 into the game when he swept the puck between Niemi's pads from the right faceoff circle. Entering with two goals, Clifford doubled his total with 6:15 remaining in the second period as he poked in the rebound of Dustin Penner's breakaway chance for a 4-1 lead.
King beat Stalock with a shot from the top of the left circle with 64 seconds left in the period to send Los Angeles into the second intermission with a four-goal advantage. The Sharks, who registered only seven shots in the third, cut the deficit to three when Irwin ripped a slap shot past Bernier during a power play with 50 seconds to play.
Trailing 2-1, San Jose had a chance to tie the game eight minutes into the second session as Tommy Wingels was awarded a penalty shot. Bernier preserved the lead by making a glove save, and the Kings scored three times later in the period to gain control.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Sharks captain Joe Thornton recorded his 776th career assist, which tied him with Jean Ratelle for 35th place on the all-time list. ... D-turned-F Brent Burns set up both San Jose goals. He has notched two goals and three assists in three games as a forward since returning from a lower-body injury. ... Los Angeles C Tyler Toffoli made his NHL debut, registering one shot on goal and blocking another. Toffoli was the reason the Sharks received a penalty shot as he chopped and broke the stick of Wingels, who was racing in on a breakaway. ... King has scored in consecutive games after tallying just once in his first 24 contests this season. ... Clifford ended a 14-game drought with his first goal. He hadn't tallied since Feb. 15 against Columbus. ... San Jose has scored fewer than three goals in 15 of its last 17 games.