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Anze Kopitar matched Willie Mitchell's career-high three assists, but the Kings couldn't hold a late lead in their biggest regular-season game in several years.
"It was definitely the weirdest game of the year," Stoll said. "It was disappointing, just getting one point. We just didn't get the job done on the (penalty kill). ... It's always a battle for us, so now we're going to have to go in there and play a good road game like we've done all year. We've won in tough buildings, and it's no different here."
Havlat put the Sharks ahead on a power-play goal with 7:23 to play, but Williams tied it for Los Angeles with his second goal of the third period during a two-man advantage with 3:31 left.
The proceedings then turned bizarre with about 2 minutes left in regulation when Stoll broke down the ice on a rush near the Sharks' bench -- and Clowe pulled a stunt that will live on for years in this hopping rivalry.
"I have no idea what you guys are talking about," Clowe said. "I'll have to see the video or something. Someone show me the video."
None of the officials apparently noticed what television cameras and thousands of booing Kings fans clearly saw, allowing the game to continue without a whistle until regulation ended.
"I don't see why he shouldn't (get suspended)," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. "To me, that's like a guy running down the football field and a guy comes out and tackles him to keep him from getting a touchdown. I don't see how this is any different. Maybe the refs didn't see it, but I wouldn't blame them full-out. It's hard to see things like that, especially a stick reaching over the bench."
Los Angeles, which had won nine of 12 to surge into the division lead, now needs help to win just the second division title in the franchise's 44-year history.
NOTES: The Kings played their fourth straight game without power forward Jeff Carter, who thinks he'll return from his ankle injury for the postseason. ... Thornton completed a Gordie Howe hat trick with his assist on Marleau's goal. ... Kopitar set a career high with his 49th assist on Martinez's goal. He has a five-game points streak.
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