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Sharks end Kings' six-game win streak

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The San Jose Sharks reminded the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night that they're still an awfully big fish in the Western Conference.

Patrick Marleau had a goal and two assists and Dany Heatley added a key power-play goal as the Sharks snapped the Kings' six-game winning streak with a 6-3 victory at HP Pavilion.

Heatley and Joe Pavelski each had a goal and an assist, and Antero Niittymaki made 32 saves as the Sharks reminded their upstart rivals exactly who has been on top of the Pacific Division for the past three years.

Los Angeles jumped out to the early Western Conference lead with 12 wins in its first 15 games, but the Sharks have won four of five after a slow start. San Jose had its biggest offensive game of the season while producing the most goals scored against the Kings, who hadn't lost since Oct. 27. Antero Niittymaki made 32 saves in the victory.

"Of late, the most complete game was tonight's," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "They've reset the bar, and they've done it themselves. L.A.'s obviously the measuring tool -- not only in our conference, but maybe in the League. It just goes to show if we play the right way and we execute properly, we have the ability to do it. It's a matter of getting it done on a nightly basis." 

Scott Parse and Jarret Stoll scored for Los Angeles, while Jonathan Bernier struggled in a 28-save performance. The Kings had allowed only six goals during their six-game winning streak.

Los Angeles yielded two third-period, power-play goals after going five straight games with a perfect penalty-kill.

"They beat us in the transition game, and our management of the puck killed us," Kings coach Terry Murray said. "They rammed it right down our throats every time we tried to do something with the management of the puck."

The Sharks' lead was just 3-2 when Marleau slapped home a rebound of Heatley's shot early in the third period to extend his own franchise record for power-play goals into triple digits. The goal snapped a streak of 22 straight penalties killed by the Kings.

Stoll kept it close with a slick deflection of Rob Scuderi's shot from the point with 12:54 to play, but Heatley put a shot past a screened Bernier just 43 seconds later, and Pavelski added another late power-play goal.

"I think that's a pretty good recipe for success -- when you spread it out through the lineup," said Sharks forward Scott Nichol, who scored midway through the second period. "Our line chipped in. We usually don't chip in too often, but it was a big goal to make it 3-1. It was a good reward for our line."

San Jose honored former goalie Arturs Irbe before the game. Irbe was between the pipes for the Sharks' surprising run during the 1994 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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


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