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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks scored seven straight goals after falling into a 2-0 hole to rally for a 7-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.

San Jose took a 2-0 lead in its first-round, best-of-seven playoff series that resumes with Game 3 in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

It took the Sharks 84:07 of this year's series to score the same number of goals - 10 - that they scored in a seven-game second-round series loss last year against Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.

San Jose left winger Patrick Marleau capped a 3-on-2 break with his second goal of the series at 1:08 of the third period for a 4-2 Sharks lead. Kings right winger Justin Williams turned the puck over to San Jose's speed line in the Sharks' end to start the sequence.

Minutes later, the Kings got caught on a bad line change. Left winger Joe Pavelski led a three-man break on the right side and scored at 4:07, beating Quick with a high shot.

The onslaught continued at 8:08 as Marleau fed a pass through the legs of Kings defenseman Robin Regehr to center Logan Couture for goal No. 6.

Shortly thereafter San Jose center Joe Thornton converted a 5-on-3 power play with his second goal of the series at 10:06. There was no hook for Quick, who wasn't going to get any sympathy from Los Angeles head coach Darryl Sutter.

The Sharks came roaring back from a 2-0 first-period deficit to score three times in the middle period. The team's fourth line of left winger Mike Brown, center Andrew Desjardins and right winger Raffi Torres were the catalysts, accounting for the first two goals before defenseman Justin Braun scored the go-ahead goal.

Desjardins collected a loose puck that came off the stick of Los Angeles left winger Kyle Clifford and fed Brown in the slot for a one-timer at 4:25 to cut the margin to 2-1. Brown scored his first career playoff goal after collecting three assists in 14 previous outings.

The fourth line got hemmed in for a good 30 seconds at mid-period, but broke out 3-on-2. Desjardins made a drop pass to Torres to cross up the Kings defense, and Torres wired a shot from the inside edge of the right circle to the far side of Quick at 9:03 to tie it.

After the Sharks killed the Kings' only power play of the opening two periods, San Jose struck again. Left wing James Sheppard drove the left boards and put a shot through the crease that caromed to Braun at the opposite point. His shot trickled past a screened Quick at 14:45 as right winger Tommy Wingels was battling Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell in front.

The Kings looked to start strong in Game 2, and they didn't disappoint. Los Angeles scored the only two goals of the opening period, and let Quick do his thing at the other end as San Jose had a 15-10 edge in shots.

Defenseman Jake Muzzin scored his second goal of the series at 1:51 with a half-speed wrist shot from the top of the right circle and beat screened Sharks goalie Antti Niemi. San Jose defenseman Jason Demers was battling Los Angeles winger Marian Gaborik in front of Niemi.

After allowing four of the game's first five shots, the Sharks responded by putting five straight shots on Quick, who didn't allow much in terms of rebounds.

On L.A.'s second goal, Demers turned a puck over to right winger Jeff Carter, who circled in the corner before threading a pass that center Trevor Lewis redirected past Niemi for his second of the series at 9:33. Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic failed to tie up Lewis' stick on the play.

NOTES: Los Angeles made one lineup change, dressing D Matt Greene as a seventh defenseman and sitting RW Jordan Nolan to leave 11 forwards. RW Linden Vey, LW Tanner Pearson were also healthy scratches for the Kings. ... The Sharks have opted to wear their third-jersey all-black sweaters during home games throughout the playoffs. ... San Jose is 13-18 all-time in Game 2, including 8-7 at home. ... Veteran RW Martin Havlat was a healthy scratch again. Havlat came to the Sharks with the reputation as a playoff performer, but he was scoreless in two games last spring before getting injured in the opener of the second-round series against the Kings and failed to return. Havlat has two goal and three points in seven career playoff games as a Shark after scoring 19 goals and 49 points in 67 games with Ottawa and Chicago. RW Tyler Kennedy, LW Bracketn Kearns, D Matt Irwin and D Matt Tennyson also were San Jose healthy scratches.

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