Sharks defenseman Scott Hannan banged his face on the boards, left the ice and heading to the dressing room just before the penalty was killed off.
King goaltender Jonathan Quick shoved away a deceptive shot by Sharks forward Joe Pavelski.
Kings center Anze Kopitar returned the favor, with Sharks goalie Antti Niemi pushing it away with his left glove.
The Sharks’ intensity -- and desperation -- is revealed in their 24-12 lead in hits.
A charge toward the net by Kings forward Jeff Carter and shot was gloved by Niemi with 16:43 left in the period. Carter shoved Sharks center Logan Couture, who appeared to hurt his left leg and left hand, eventually departing the ice.
The Sharks intercepted a Kings pass near Quick, but couldn’t get a shot past the goalie.
The San Jose crowd is quieting as the Kings’ defense tightens.
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick could only watch and wait as Sharks forward Joe Thornton crept in from the right, received a pass and hit the outside of the net with a shot.
The HP Pavilion crowd roared after Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart’s big shoulder-to-shoulder hit on Kings winger Justin Williams sent him into the boards. The Kings still worked the puck down ice and got two shots off, forcing face-offs in front of San Jose goalie Antti Niemi’s net.
San Jose winger T.J. Galiardi’s shot with 2:06 left was gloved by Quick, and the goalie then blocked two shots and a follow by defenseman Brent Burns.
The game’s intrensity picked up as Burns was whistled for a tripping penalty with 1:35 left.
San Jose knocked Kings forward Jeff Carter to the ice during the ensuing power play, and the Kings couldn’t score by the time seconds elapsed.
End of first: Kings 1, Sharks 1.
Sharks Coach Todd McLellan called the errant pass “a mistake,” the type that “L.A. capitalizes” on with consistency.
San Jose's Patrick Marleau and Kings captain Dustin Brown then traded good shots that were stopped by opposing goalies. A shot by Justin Williams was gloved by Sharks goalie Antti Niemi with 6:11 left in the first period.
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick opted to do the same when Dan Boyle fired a shot at him with less than five minutes before intermission.
The Sharks continued their physical start, taking a shot at Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick as he swept a puck from behind the net while the raucous arena worked to bother the Kings, who’ve been 13-4 on the road. San Jose’s Tommy Wingels also hit Kings center Tyler Toffoli.