LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The San Jose Sharks saw a much different Los Angeles
Kings team than the one they embarrassed 24 hours earlier.
Sean Avery capitalized on a sloppy mistake by goaltender Evgeni Nabokov to
score the tying goal midway through the third period, and the Kings rallied to
tie the Sharks 4-4 Saturday night.
Jozef Stumpel had a goal and an assist, Ziggy Palffy got his 19th career
short-handed goal and Eric Belanger also scored for the Kings, who extended
their home unbeaten streak to seven games (4-0-3) after getting beaten 5-0 by
Nabokov on Friday night at San Jose.
The Kings and Sharks are tied for first place in the Pacific Division with
40 points each, although Los Angeles has three more wins.
"Overall, we've got to be a little disappointed with tonight's game" said
Vincent Damphousse, who scored his second power-play goal of the game 67
seconds into the third period to give the Sharks the lead for the last time.
"We could have played better and finished with another win, but three points
out of four is good. We're still tied for first place. But the way we started,
we expected to win."
Patrick Marleau had a goal and an assist for San Jose, Todd Harvey ended a
45-game goal drought, Brad Stuart had two assists and Nabokov made 15 of his 29
saves in the first period.
Damphousse put the Sharks ahead 4-3 with a screened wrist shot from the
right circle that bounced off goalie Cristobal Huet's glove -- but he had to
wait several minutes before the video goal judge could determine that Huet did
not pull the puck back before it crossed the goal line.
"I didn't see it, but I knew it was behind me," Huet said. "I reached
back, and the next thing I knew, it was in my hand. I saw the replay later, and
it didn't look like a goal to me."
The Kings got a huge break when Brad Chartrand flipped the puck toward the
net from the neutral zone and Nabokov tried to glove it on the fly -- but
dropped it. Jon Sim pounced on the opportunity and slipped a short pass to a
wide-open Avery at the right of the crease for the equalizer with 10:50 left in
Huet stopped Damphousse on a breakaway with 51 seconds left in overtime,
denying the Sharks' center a hat trick.
"I think that trying to make a move on him with all the snow and a lot of
tracks in front probably wasn't the best thing to do. I probably should have
shot. But he made a good save," Damphousse said.
Harvey gave the Sharks a 3-2 lead at 9:07 of the third, beating Huet with a
wrist shot from the right circle for his first goal since last Jan. 18.
"I was telling the guys they can't hold me down forever. I'm glad I got the
monkey off my back at 40 games instead of 80. At least I didn't go a whole
year," Harvey said.
Stumpel tied it at 17:41. Tim Gleason made a no-look backhand pass in front,
where Stumpel beat Nabokov despite the tight checking of Sharks defenseman Kyle
"L.A. came out like a desperate hockey team and they played more urgent
than we did," Sharks defenseman Scott Hannan said. "We kind of got away from
our game plan. We made some sloppy plays in the offensive and defensive zone,
which allowed them to get us running around.
"We were not getting the puck in deep, not getting the puck out of our end,
and we weren't keeping it along the wall. They're a team that takes advantage
of pucks going through the middle."
The Kings spotted San Jose a 2-0 lead before Palffy got them going at 2:34
of the second period with his third short-handed goal this season. He took a
lead pass from Stumpel and got a step on McLaren and Mike Rathje before putting
a short backhander between Nabokov's legs to trigger a three-goal second
"They're a great second-period team, and we talked about that before the
game," Damphousse said. "They made some good plays and kept shooting the puck
and crashing the puck. They deserved a point tonight."