At the end, it came down to Sharks forward Raffi Torres -- a player known more for his hard hits than his soft hands -- sliding the puck through the legs of Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.

With that shootout goal, the Sharks moved into a virtual tie with the Los Angeles Kings for fourth place in the Western Conference with a 3-2 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champions Tuesday night at HP Pavilion.

"Oh yeah, I don't play in overtime so, I don't know, I was kind of cold on the bench," Torres said. "But when you get called, you've got to trust your practice habits. I have one move. It was either that or just try and shoot and hope and pray."

In reality, the intense 65 minutes of up-tempo hockey only whet the appetite for a possible series between San Jose and the Kings -- a matchup that would occur if the season ended today. Both teams now have 53 points, with the Kings holding the tiebreaker advantage of regulation and overtime wins.

"It felt like a playoff game," defenseman Dan Boyle said. "Both teams know what's at stake and neither team wanted to make the last mistake. It was a huge two points. Obviously our regulation wins are not as great as anybody else, which just means we've got to win the extra game to get positioning."

Before Torres's game-winner, the Sharks offense came from Brent Burns and TJ Galiardi on the same shift in the second period. San Jose didn't enjoy the lead long, however, as Los Angeles drew even before the same period ended on goals by Jake Muzzin and Dustin Brown.

While both teams skated hard at each other from the start, neither scored until Burns took over the ice as the second period neared its midpoint. Over a 42-second span, he racked up a goal and an assist as the Sharks jumped out to a 2-0 lead.