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Kings blast Sharks, snap their 8-game streak

by Brian Hunter
The Los Angeles Kings brought the San Jose Sharks' eight-game winning streak to a resounding end Monday night.

Drew Doughty assisted on four goals and Jonathan Quick stopped 45 shots as the Kings won for the second time this season at HP Pavilion, 6-2, moving into a three-way tie with Calgary and Nashville for fifth in the Western Conference standings.

Michal Handzus, Oscar Moller, Anze Kopitar, Ryan Smyth, Wayne Simmonds and Scott Parse all scored for Los Angeles, which won its third straight despite getting outshot 47-20.

"Even though we got six goals, if (Quick) didn't play as well as he did they could have easily gotten six goals as well," Doughty said. "He's been great for us lately and pretty much all season. He did a great job tonight."

Douglas Murray and Patrick Marleau had goals in the third to get San Jose on the board, with Joe Thornton contributing an assist for his 900th career point. The Sharks have lost three of four to their Pacific Division rivals this season, including a 5-4 overtime decision on Dec. 9.

Los Angeles scored three goals in a span of 3:25 late in the first period. Handzus started the burst at 15:37 when Rob Scuderi sent a pass from the left wing boards off the end boards behind the net. The puck came out near the right post where Handzus got to it and stuffed it past Nabokov before he could react.

San Jose then got into penalty trouble and paid for it twice. First, Joe Thornton ended up in the box on a slashing call and Moller scored at 18:29 after Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle lost his stick. Marleau attempted to toss his stick to Boyle, an illegal move. Furthermore, Boyle missed catching it and all the confusion in front seemed to distract Nabokov as Moller's shot sailed past him.

Marleau was sent off for his indiscretion and Kopitar made it 3-0 just 33 seconds later. Doughty carried the puck down from the right point and worked a pass across to Kopitar, who was cruising the left side and had a wide-open net in which to deposit his 17th of the season and first in nine games.

"It obviously feels great," Doughty said of his career night. "We were right in the eighth spot there, so we really needed this win. Contributing to the win was obviously great."

Smyth added a power-play goal with 3:32 left in the second, beating Nabokov over his left shoulder on a blast from the right circle after an interference call on Murray. Simmonds made it 5-0 just 14 seconds later after Brad Richardson beat the Sharks to a loose puck behind the net and centered it to a wide-open Simmonds in front.

"This is real big in here. Especially the power play. The San Jose Sharks' penalty killing is outstanding," Los Angeles coach Terry Murray said. "To be able to get three power-play goals, I give our guys a lot of credit."

Nabokov, who stopped just 11 of 16 shots, was replaced by Thomas Greiss to begin the third. It took just 13 seconds for Parse to put the puck past him, as he intercepted Rob Blake's attempted outlet pass and ripped his seventh goal from the left circle.

"It is a prime example of needing two aspects to your game, you better be there physically and mentally," San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. "Physically, we were fine but the mental mistakes were unacceptable. "

The Sharks ended Quick's shutout bid when Murray scored on the power play at 3:21 for his second goal in as many games. Thornton set up Marleau's goal with seven minutes left.

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.

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