Kings shoot for redemption in rematch against Sharks

Kings shoot for redemption in rematch against Sharks

This week, the San Jose Sharks momentarily cooled off the surging Los Angeles Kings.Those Kings, however, won’t have to wait long for a shot at redemption when they visit the Sharks in the back end of a home-and-home on Saturday night.Los Angeles had won three in a row and eight of 10 before blowing a 3-1 second-period lead during Thursday’s 4-3 overtime home loss to the Sharks.Despite the setback, the Kings are 12-3-3 since Jan. 23, and have a chance to avenge that defeat while trying for a fourth consecutive win on the road, where they’re 18-4-4 since opening the season 0-3-1 away from home.”It’s a point on a night where we probably didn’t deserve a point, so let’s move on,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “Let’s fix a few things, a lot of things. And get ready to play again.”Los Angeles fell 6-2 at San Jose on Jan. 17, when the Sharks scored the first four goals of the game and Timo Meier posted a career-high five goals. Meier, who did not have a point Thursday, has just four goals in 17 games since that magical performance against the Kings.Meanwhile, his Sharks snapped an 0-2-1 skid Thursday, and will try to win back-to-back contests for the first time since a three-game winning streak from Jan. 6-11.Tomas Hertl, Brent Burns and Alexander Barabanov each had a goal with an assist Thursday for San Jose, which scored the game’s final three goals to win for just the fifth time in the last 20 (5-9-6).”I think when we do the things that we’re good at, we’re a good team just like any other team in this league,” Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson, who recorded two assists against the Kings, told the NHL’s official website. “The margins are not as big as people think. I just think that we have a little bit of learning to do in how to keep it on a consistent level a little bit more often.”

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