WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) -Todd McLellan's new system is taking a while for the San Jose Sharks to learn.
The Sharks closed out their first preseason under McLellan with a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night. San Jose scored less than a minute into the game and then added two goals 53 seconds apart late in the second period.
"The process started two weeks ago and I think we had a lot to put into place," McLellan said.
San Jose went 3-4 in the preseason and makes its actual debut under McLellan on Thursday night against Anaheim.
McLellan says there is still some learning to go, but the Sharks have been picking up on his system and should be ready for the Ducks. It will help to have everybody healthy again.
The Sharks played without center Joe Thornton (groin) and defenseman Rob Blake, who spent the last two years with the Kings before signing with San Jose as a free agent this summer.
"We're still not quite there," said Patrick Marleau, whose power play goal put the Sharks up 3-1 late in the second. "We're still making progress."
Kyle Calder scored the only goal for the Kings (3-2-3), tying the game early in the second period with his first goal of the preseason.
Los Angeles also has a new coach in Terry Murray, who is trying to get the Kings back to the playoffs for the first time since 2002. Murray said there will be some adjusting, but overall felt the preseason was positive considering all of the turnover from last year, when Los Angeles went 32-43-7.
"We're starting to get a pretty good handle on how we're going to play. A lot of positive things," Murray said.
The Sharks took a 2-1 lead with 2:57 left in the period on a goal by Lukowich off a pass by Loka Kaspar, then 53 seconds later Marleau had a power-play goal. Devin Setoguchi took it in from the blue line and made a nice pass across to Marleau, who backhanded it inside the left post.
The exhibition game was the first in Utah in 10 years and was played at the E Center, site of the 2002 Olympic gold medal game.
Joe Pavelski gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead just 54 seconds into the game. Kaspar grabbed a turnover by Denis Gauthier at the blue line and saved it to Jonathan Cheechoo, who centered it to Pavelski in the slot for an easy goal.
Calder tied it 2:20 into the second off a centering pass from Jarret Stoll. The Kings had two chances to take the lead later in the period but ran into Evgeni Nabokov each time.
Nabokov stopped Alexander Frolov on a breakaway midway through the second period, then a few minutes later kept it tied again by diving across the crease to smother Anze Kopitar's shot with 8:33 left. Kopitar had half the net open when the puck trickled to him at the left post, but the shot went right into the spawling goaltender's glove.