The last time the Sharks faced the Los Angeles Kings, it looked as if San Jose's season was in big trouble.

A knee-on-knee hit by Kings captain Dustin Brown knocked Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl out of the Dec. 19 game and required surgery that may turn out to be season-ending for the Czech native. It was an emotionally deflating night, and when it ended with Los Angeles winning 4-1, the Sharks trailed the Kings by four points in the Pacific Division.

But strange how things have worked out.

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