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Carter, Budaj show way in 2-1 overtime win against Sharks

Carter, Budaj show way in 2-1 overtime win against Sharks

In a season made difficult by the Kings’ underperforming offense, Jeff Carter has stood out as their lone reliable scorer, toting a load made unreasonably heavy by his teammates’ scoring foibles.

In a season threatened from the start by goaltender Jonathan Quick’s long-term groin injury, third-string goalie Peter Budaj has had to tote a similarly heavy load. Like Carter, Budaj performed his job with grace Tuesday in a game that generated enough heat to warm a cold, rainy night in the Bay Area and tightened the Pacific Division standings.

Carter scored the tying goal against the San Jose Sharks in the second period at SAP Center and set up Tanner...

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