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Blake scores twice as Kings beat Sharks 4-2

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Rob Blake scored two goals and Luc Robitaille had a goal and two assists as the Los Angeles Kings beat the San Jose Sharks 4-2 Wednesday night.

The Sharks got both their goals from Jeff Friesen, who broke a franchise-record with his 163rd career point for San Jose.

The Kings, playing their final game before the All-Star break, are a league-best 15-1-1 when they score the first goal of the game. They got that initial goal Wednesday night with just 1:53 to go in the first period when Blake took a pass from Robitaille and beat goalie Mike Vernon from in front.

The Sharks tied it less than five minutes into the second period on Friesen's breakaway slap shot, which sailed past the outstretched glove of Jamie Storr. Just a little more than a minute later, Blake answered with his 10th goal of the season to put the Kings up 2-1.

Robitaille extended the lead with a shot he angled between the post and a fallen Vernon before the end of the second period. Vernon stopped 20 shots.

Storr faced 24 San Jose shots.

The Sharks almost made it a game in the third period when what at first appeared to be a goal by Owen Nolan was disallowed, apparently because he was in the crease. The call drew the ire of the Sharks' fans, who took up the chant "Beat L.A."

Jozef Stumpel added the final goal for Los Angeles at 7:43 of the third period.

Friesen scored his 18th goal of the season midway through the third period. He is the only San Jose goal-scorer in double figures.

The goal also gave Friesen 163 points as a Shark, breaking Pat Falloon's franchise record of 162. Friesen tied Falloon's franchise record of 76 goals.

Kings defenseman Mattias Norstrom was back on the ice Wednesday night after serving a one-game suspension because of a hit Jan. 10 on Edmonton Oilers forward Tony Hrkac. Norstrom, who also fined $1,000 for the incident, was credited with an assist on Blake's second goal.

The Kings are the league's only team that is undefeated in games they lead after the first period.

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