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Kopitar scores, Quick makes 23 saves to help Kings snap 5-game skid with 1-0 win vs Sharks

Tuesday, 01.28.2014 / 12:45 AM The Canadian Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Anze Kopitar broke a long scoreless drought for Los Angeles and Jonathan Quick earned his third shutout of the season to help the Kings snap a five-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

Kopitar's goal late in the second period ended a stretch of more than 154 minutes without a score for the Kings, who avoided their first six-game skid since December 2007. They did it with defence as Quick needed to make only 23 saves, stopping a flurry in the final seconds to seal the win.

The game ended a streak of 15 straight games between the California rivals that were won by the home team, including all seven contests in last year's second-round playoff series won by the Kings. Los Angeles had dropped nine straight in San Jose since winning Game 5 of a first-round series in 2011 and had not won a regular season game here since Dec. 27, 2010.

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