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Kings cap furious comeback, lead 2-0

Kings center Jeff Carter celebrates a first-period goal, giving Los Angeles an early 1-0 lead. (Associated Press)
Kings center Jeff Carter celebrates a first-period goal, giving Los Angeles an early 1-0 lead. (Associated Press)

Captain Dustin Brown tied it with 1:43 left and Trevor Lewis scored the tiebreaking power-play goal 22 seconds later, propelling the Kings to a stunning 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles on Thursday night and a 2-0 lead in their NHL Western Conference semifinal series.

Brown scored during a 5-on-3 advantage and Lewis provided the winner on a loose puck with 1:21 left, sending Staples Center into shocked celebration. The defending Stanley Cup champions won their 12th straight home game since March and their sixth straight postseason game.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored his first career playoff goal with 11:04 to play for the Sharks, who were doomed by two late penalties after rallying from an early two-goal deficit.

Jonathan Quick made 28 saves for the Kings, and Antti Niemi stopped 27 shots for the Sharks. Quick’s streak of more than 125 minutes of shutout hockey ended in the second period with two quick goals.

Game 3 is Saturday night at the Shark Tank.

Patrick Marleau and Brad Stuart scored second-period goals for the Sharks, who largely dominated the first two periods with another barrage of superior speed and skill. Los Angeles got rolling in the third period – and with two late goals, the Kings landed one of the most amazing victories in their playoff history.

Bruins 3, Rangers 2 (OT): Brad Marchand scored with 4:20 left in the first overtime and New York fell at Boston in the first playoff game in 40 years between the Original Six teams.

Marchand, Boston’s top goal-scorer in the regular season, got his first of the postseason on a pass from Patrice Bergeron. Marchand had carried the puck up the right side, passed it to Bergeron and kept going toward the net. Bergeron passed across the slot and Marchand tipped it past goalie Henrik Lundqvist from the left side of the crease.

Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals is set for Sunday night in Boston.

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