Sharks 3, Kings 2 (SO): Captain Joe Thornton scored the decisive goal in the eighth round of the shootout as host San Jose posted its sixth win in seven games.
Thornton and Joe Pavelski tallied in regulation while Antti Niemi made 38 saves for the Sharks, who recorded just their second win in six shootouts this season. San Jose improved to 3-0-0 on its five-game homestand and 8-1-2 in its own building in 2013-14.
Jeff Carter and defenseman Drew Doughty scored for Los Angeles, which extended its point streak to 11 games (7-0-4). Ben Scrivens turned aside 38 shots and registered his first career assist.
Thornton kicked off the eighth round of the shootout by backhanding the puck off Scrivens' left pad and inside the right post, giving San Jose the edge. Niemi ended the lengthy bonus format by denying Tyler Toffoli with his right pad.
Los Angeles needed just 18 seconds to get on the board as Carter scored his sixth of the season for a 1-0 lead. After Mike Richards' shot from the top of the right faceoff circle went wide, Dwight King chipped the carom off the end boards to Carter, who beat Niemi from the doorstep.
The Sharks struck twice in the second period to move ahead. Pavelski forged a tie at 2:43, when he picked up a loose puck in the left circle and moved into the slot before firing it into the top right corner of the net.
Thornton made it 2-1 with 3:06 remaining as he banked the puck off Scrivens and in from behind the net as the netminder was returning to his crease after stopping a dump-in attempt. But Doughty drew the Kings even at 6:23 of the third, when his pass attempt from along the left-wing boards caromed off the skate of San Jose defenseman Scott Hannan and past Niemi.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Los Angeles dropped to 4-2 in shootouts this season. ... Thornton's goal in regulation was his 1,143rd career point, moving him ahead of Nicklas Lidstrom for sole possession of 50th place on the all-time list. ... Scrivens is 5-0-4 while filling in for the injured Jonathan Quick. ... The Kings went 0-for-4 on the power play and are 0-for-15 over their last four games. San Jose is 1-for-16 over its last five contests after failing to score on three opportunities.