The third period told the tale in the Kings’ 5-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks Monday night at the SAP Center.
The Kings couldn’t build on Jonathan Quick’s brilliance that carried them into the final period tied when he nixed a Logan Couture Grade-A opportunity in the waning moments of the second period. San Jose’s dangerous power play struck five minutes into the third and the Sharks tacked on two more to take the game, season series from the Kings.
“It was a tight game, 2-2 in the third period, they got a few bounces that maybe we didn’t get,” said Vincent Lecavalier. “But we just have to regroup here and be ready for the next game.”
The teams, who hadn’t played each other since January 24 up until Monday night, may very well see each other again soon with the postseason looming. “That’s a good team,” Drew Doughty said of the Sharks. “We might see them in the playoffs; we showed them that it’s going to be a tough match both ways.”
Vincent Lecavalier opened the scoring when he beat Martin Jones with a high wrist-shot from the right circle to give the Kings a 1-0 lead nine minutes in.
San Jose tied the game three minutes later when Justin Braun scored.
Joe Pavelski gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead at the 7:55 mark of the second.
Lecavalier struck again with 4:17 left in the second when he received a pass from Milan Lucic and beat Jones with a wrist shot through the goaltender’s five-hole, once again from the right circle.
Jonathan Quick made a marvelous save on Logan Couture in the waning seconds of the middle frame, keeping the score knotted heading into the third period.
The Sharks took a 3-2 lead at the 4:28 mark of the third while working on their second and final power play of the night, Joe Thornton depositing a loose rebound past Quick.
San Jose tacked on two more goals, including an empty-netter.
The Kings finished their season series with the Sharks posting a 2-3-0 record; Monday night was the first time in the clubs’ meetings this season that the home team was victorious.
Vincent Lecavalier (2G) led all Kings players in points scored (2), Jeff Carter in shots taken (6), Jake Muzzin in hits delivered (6), Jake Muzzin in shots blocked (5), and Drew Doughty in minutes played (27:10). Jonathan Quick made 26 saves in the loss.
The Kings now return to Los Angeles for a two-game home stand, which begins Thursday night when they take on the Calgary Flames at STAPLES Center, where the puck is scheduled to drop just after 7:30 PM PST.