Kopitar, Kings cruise past Sharks
SAN JOSE -- Anze Kopitar scored his first two goals of the season as the Los Angeles Kings dominated from start to finish to beat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 on Saturday in front of a sellout crowd at SAP Center.
Dustin Brown scored and set up a goal, Nick Shore also tallied and Kopitar added an assist for Los Angeles (2-0-0). Jonathan Quick finished with 24 saves.
Mikkel Boedker scored the lone goal for San Jose, which saw reigning Norris Trophy winner Brent Burns finish with a minus-4 rating.
Kopitar scored his second of the night from the boards on a shot that appeared to deflect off a Shark before eluding goaltender Martin Jones at 12:07 of the second period.
Just 1:58 later, Shore was credited with his first goal of the season when San Jose's Melker Karlsson accidentally tapped a loose puck in front into an open net. Jones and Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon failed to communicate on who was going to play the puck in front of the net.
Jones was lifted in favor of backup Aaron Dell after surrendering four goals on 29 shots for the Sharks (0-2-0).
The Kings opened the scoring at 5:08 of the first period when Brown's harsh-angle shot from the bottom of the right circle banked off Jones' left shoulder and just under the crossbar.
San Jose tied it 66 seconds later when Boedker redirected a Dillon slap shot past Quick.
But Kopitar struck with his first of the game with 7.8 seconds left with a wrist shot from just inside the blue line that Jones missed on the stick side.
Los Angeles set the tone early by registering 17 shots on goal in the first period.
Both teams struggled on the power play, however. The Kings failed on all six opportunities with the man advantage while the Sharks went 0-for-4 on the evening.
NOTES: Kings F Nik Dowd made his season debut, playing alongside C Adrian Kempe and LW Michael Cammalleri on the team's third line on Saturday. C Jonny Brodzinski came out of the lineup and joined C Andy Andreoff and D Paul LaDue as healthy scratches. ... LW Barclay Goodrow, C Ryan Carpenter and D Tim Heed did not dress for San Jose. ... Los Angeles next hosts Calgary on Tuesday while San Jose remains idle for four nights before resuming a season-opening five-game homestand against Buffalo.