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Kings score 3 in second period, beat Sharks 4-2

Andreas Athanasiou, Alex Iafallo and Dustin Brown scored in the second period and the Los Angeles Kings beat the San Jose Sharks 4-2 on Saturday night.

Jeff Carter also scored and Jonathan Quick made 26 saves as the Kings beat the Sharks for just the second time in eight meetings this season.

Dylan Gambrell and Timo Meier scored for the Sharks, who now trail St. Louis by four points for the fourth and final playoff spot from the West Division. Arizona is three points ahead of the Sharks for fifth place.

San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) blocks a shot as Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23) looks for a rebound during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 10, 2021, in San Jose, Calif. (AP PhotoTony Avelar)

Martin Jones came in 19-5-3 in his career — including 6-1 this season — gave up four goals on 19 shot through two periods. Josef Korenar stopped all seven shots he faced in the third in his NHL debut.

With the score 1-1 after the first period, Athanasiou and Iafallo scored 55 seconds apart early in the second, and then Brown beat Jones for a power play goal with 7.8 seconds left in the period to give the Kings a 4-1 cushion.

Jones’ strong play was the driving force behind San Jose’s recent push that has propelled the team into the playoff hunt. But Jones perhaps showed a bit of fatigue Saturday in his seventh consecutive start, and defensive lapses by his teammates didn’t help.

Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23) is defended by San Jose Sharks defenseman Nikolai Knyzhov (71) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 10, 2021, in San Jose, Calif. (AP PhotoTony Avelar)

Carter scored his eighth goal at 11:43 of the first to give Los Angeles a 1-0 lead. But the Sharks evened the score five minutes later on Gambrell’s goal.

GOALIE TRADE

The Sharks traded backup goalie Devan Dubnyk to Colorado on Saturday for defenseman Greg Pateryn and a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft. That opened the door for Korenar to get called up.

San Jose Sharks right wing Timo Meier (28) works along the boards against Los Angeles Kings right wing Adrian Kempe (9) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 10, 2021, in San Jose, Calif. (AP PhotoTony Avelar)

Dubnyk, 34, had been strongly rumored as a trade candidate, and he gives the Avalanche a backup goalie with postseason experience.

UP NEXT

Kings: Host the first of back-to-back games against the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday.

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick blocks a shot by the San Jose Sharks during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 10, 2021, in San Jose, Calif. Los Angeles won 4-2. (AP PhotoTony Avelar)

Sharks: Host the Anaheim Ducks on Monday, beginning a string of 16 games in 27 days to finish the regular season.

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San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) moves the puck past Los Angeles Kings center Jaret Anderson-Dolan (28) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 10, 2021, in San Jose, Calif. The Kings won 4-2. (AP PhotoTony Avelar)

San Jose Sharks right wing Timo Meier (28) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 10, 2021, in San Jose, Calif. The Kings won 4-2. (AP PhotoTony Avelar)

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (8) hugs goaltender Jonathan Quick (32) after the team's 4-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks in an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 10, 2021, in San Jose, Calif. (AP PhotoTony Avelar)