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Brian Boucher shutouts out the Kings as Sharks remain unbeaten

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LOS ANGELES - Lukas Kaspar scored his first NHL goal and Brian Boucher made 21 saves to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 1-0 victory over the Los Angles Kings on Sunday night.

Kaspar whisked a wrist shot from the right circle past Kings goalie Jason LaBarbera midway through the second period to help the Sharks sweep the teams' home-and-home series and improve to 3-0 this season.

San Jose took a 4-1 opening-night victory over Anaheim on Thursday, and then beat the Kings 3-1 at home Saturday.

After generating 41 shots on goal in each of those contests, the Sharks managed to create little offence (19 shots) Sunday. However, the defence was stingy again.

Boucher was making his first start of the season for San Jose. He won all three of his starts last season after being signed as a free agent in February.

Rob Blake returned to play in Los Angeles for the first time since signing with San Jose as a free agent in the off-season and was greeted with boos whenever he touched the puck. Blake skated for the Kings in 14 of his 19 NHL seasons - including the last two - and is the franchise leader in games played by a defenceman.

After Kaspar gave the Sharks the lead off a feed from Patrick Marleau, the Kings had two potential second-period goals waved off.

With Kaspar serving a hooking penalty, Kings defenceman Tom Preissing sent a slapshot from the left point past Boucher, but the goal was disallowed because of a crease violation.

Minutes later, Los Angeles forward Matt Moulson followed up on his own shot, crashing the net and colliding with Boucher as the puck skittered in. But after lengthy replay review it was ruled Moulson had directed the puck in with a distinct kicking motion.

Forward Alexander Frolov also had a partial breakaway in the third period but could not swipe a backhand shot past Boucher.

Kings defenceman Jack Johnson suffered an "upper extremity" injury in the first period and left the game after skating one shift in the second period.

The Sharks improved to 7-0 against the Kings when they hold centre Anze Kopitar without a point. Kopitar, who signed a US$47.6-million, seven-year extension Saturday, showed plenty of frustration. He received a 10-minute misconduct after he smashing his stick on the Kings' bench in the middle period.

Notes: Kings forward Patrick O'Sullivan played his first game after signing a $8.775-million, three-year contract on Tuesday. O'Sullivan missed all the pre-season while the new deal was being negotiated. The 23-year-old was fourth on the team in scoring last season (22 goals, 31 assists). ... F Brian Bolyle also made his season debut for Los Angeles. ... The Kings will play 13 of their next 17 games at home. ... San Jose D Alexei Semenov moved into the lineup in place of Brad Lukowich.

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