San Jose looked for their second consecutive victory against a Pacific Division rival when the Kings invaded HP Pavilion Friday night. Unfortunately the cards were not in their favor.
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Sandis Ozolinsh made his season debut and Evgeni Nabokov started his 13th straight contest on the season. Jean-Sebastien Aubin started for Los Angeles.Joe Thornton
, along with Devin Setoguchi and Milan Michalek controlled the play in the offensive zone for more than a minute to start the contest, peppering Los Angeles with three early shots.
Twelve minutes into the first, Team Teal was outshooting their guests 13-6 and was dominating play, but the game remained scoreless. Los Angeles almost changed that when Mike Cammalleri lifted a shot that Nabokov got just enough of to send it off the post.
The speed of San Jose forced the Kings into a too many men on the ice penalty and the first power play was awarded to the Sharks. When the trio of Patrick Marleau
, Steve Bernier and Jeremy Roenick took their power play shift, they controlled the puck for almost a minute before converting.
The tally occurred when Aubin turned back five up-close shots as he could not locate the loose puck. Then Marleau gathered steam behind the net and wrapped the puck around the post before Aubin could recover. Bernier and Marc-Edouard Vlasic
were given the assists, but a special shout out would go to the referee on the spot who stood on the back of the net to give Marleau room to score the goal.
San Jose would get another man-advantage opportunity late in the first, but could not add to their 1-0 lead. The Sharks outshot the Kings 21-10 in the first 20 minutes, posting the most shots in a period this season.
Less than two minutes into the second, Los Angeles took advantage of confusion by the Sharks in their defensive zone. A cluster of bodies in front allowed the puck to come to the slot where former Shark Tom Preissing threw it at the net. The puck sailed wide, but Cammalleri banked the loosed puck off Nabokov to make it 1-1.
Despite the dramatic shot advantage for Team Teal, Los Angeles would take a late second period lead. A defensive zone turnover gave the puck to Michal Handzus
. He quickly found Matt Moulson moving into the slot and his uncontested one-timer found the top left corner of the net.
Then things got worse for San Jose when Los Angeles increased their lead. With 1:20 left in the second, Anze Kopitar skated behind the net and found Dustin Brown parked out front. The winger, who just signed a big extension with the Kings, pocketed the puck upstairs, providing the Kings with a 3-1 lead at the break.
A charging penalty to Jack Johnson would give San Jose 1:21 of power play time to start a third period rally.
Unfortunately for San Jose the next tally would only increase the L.A. lead. Taking the pass from Alexander Frolov on a two-on-one, Ladislav Nagy scored to set San Jose back three goals.
Things would have gotten worse late in the third, but Nabokov handled a breakaway by Frolov and made a miraculous save on Moulson on the rebound.
The Sharks would cut into the Kings lead when Thornton and Setoguchi connected to give San Jose their second score of the night at 18:47. After being assisted by Thornton in his first game in Dallas, Setoguchi returned the favor and cracked the shot on net that Thornton was able to tap in on the rebound.
With a minute remaining, Ron Wilson pulled Evgeni Nabokov, only to have the Kings put the nail in the coffin at 19:04 with their fifth goal of the game.
After scoring the first goal of the game and dominating play early, the Sharks fell to the Kings 5-2.
Nabokov – Patzold
San Jose will travel to Los Angeles following Friday’s game for a Saturday rematch with L.A. The 7:30 p.m. start can be heard on 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.