Karlsson has three assists in Sharks win against Kings

SAN JOSE — Erik Karlsson had three assists for the San Jose Sharks in a 3-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings at SAP Center on Monday.

Joonas Donskoi, Tomas Hertl and Joe Thornton scored, and Martin Jones made 22 saves for the Sharks (24-13-7), who are 5-1-0 in their past six games and 10-2-2 in their past 14.

Karlsson extended his personal point streak to 13 games (one goal, 21 assists). He had 10 assists in eight games before serving a two-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Kings forward Austin Wagner on Dec. 22. He has a goal and 11 assists in five games since returning.

Anze Kopitar scored, and Jack Campbell made 26 saves for Los Angeles (17-24-3). It was Campbell’s second start in four games after missing the previous 24 games with a knee injury.

Donskoi gave San Jose a 1-0 lead at 17:43 of the first period when he knocked in the rebound of an Evander Kane shot. Karlsson’s fluttering pass bounced off Kings forward Dustin Brown‘s skates to Kane in the left face-off circle. Campbell stopped Kane’s shot but couldn’t control the rebound, and Donskoi scored with a wrist shot from close range.

Video: LAK@SJS: Donskoi puts home rebound for opening goal

The Kings tied it 1-1 at 3:42 of the second period when Kopitar scored from in front of the crease on a give-and-go with Brown.

Hertl put San Jose ahead 2-1 at 9:09 of the second, taking a long lead pass from Karlsson and scoring on a backhand from the right circle to the short side. Jones had an assist, his first in 222 games with San Jose.

Thornton scored an empty-net goal with 21 seconds remaining to make it 3-1.

The Sharks were without injured defensemen Marc-Edouard Vlasic (wrist) and Justin Braun (knee), but defenseman Radim Simek returned after missing two games with a concussion.

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