Sharks strengthen Pacific lead, end Kings’ streak at five

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The NHL’s only substantial winning streak is over, as the San Jose Sharks ended the Los Angeles Kings’ run at five games.

In beating the Kings 4-1 on Wednesday, the Sharks now lead the Pacific Division by three points and are only three points behind the Blackhawks for the top spot in the West.

They’ve been on a very nice run of their own, winning five of six; their only loss during this span came via a 3-2 defeat to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.

“I feel we’re finding our stride,” Logan Couture said, according to CSN Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz. “Inconsistent at the start, but I think we’re playing some of our better hockey right now.”

The Sharks enjoyed a two-goal performance from Logan Couture alongside Ryan Carpenter’s first NHL tally and the second of Kevin Labanc‘s career.

Martin Jones was also sharp, though he had some help from the likes of Brent Burns:

The Sharks get to play three of their next four at home. After visiting the Coyotes in Arizona tomorrow, the Kings get a three-game homestand in Los Angeles, too.

For the time being, it looks like both teams are in a good situation to duke it out for Pacific Division positioning.

The Sharks clearly took the edge in that regard tonight.