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Kings start fast before letting Sharks take over

Kings start fast before letting Sharks take over

They scored on their first shot.

So there was that for the Kings.

Not a lot else went according to plan in the Kings' season opener as an old rival, the San Jose Sharks, defeated them, 5-1, on Wednesday night at Staples Center.

San Jose was sparked by two first-period goals, an even-strength effort from Joe Thornton and one on the power play from Joe Pavelski.

They added two in the second period, Brent Burns at even strength and Tomas Hertl on the power play. Joonas Donskoi, making his NHL debut, scored in the third period. Pavelski had a three-point game.

The buzz and excitement about the first meaningful hockey game at Staples Center since mid-April...