San Jose closes out 6-3 victory and has now closed the Kings Pacific Division lead to four point. Definitely a statement game for the Sharks as they take nine of 10 points on the homestand.
Just under four to go and a Jarret Stoll penalty will make it that much harder for the Kings to rally. Six seconds into the power play, Joe Pavelski
throws one in with his back to the net and San Jose leads 6-3.
Among active players only Teemu Selanne and Mike Modano have more goals against the L.A. Kings than Patrick Marleau
just smoked Ryan Smyth entering the zone, earning applause from the HP Pavilion crowd.
This game has been outstanding and both clubs appear set to battle down to the last second.
Every time the Kings pull close, the Sharks answer. This time Dany Heatley responds less than a minute later on a laser from the high slot.
Things are getting chippy now with every inch of ice being fought for. The Kings just pushed one across the goal line after the whistle and the Sharks players physically say that should not happen.
It’s now a one-goal game again. Jarret Stoll redirected a shot out front and it perfectly slid inside the far post.
Eight seconds into the penalty, Patrick Marleau
scored the PPG and the Sharks lead 4-2. If the Sharks hold on for the W, everyone goes home happy because of the win and free Round Table Pizza. Marleau’s power play goal was his 100th career man advantage tally and the most ever for the Sharks.
A Matt Greene interference penalty give San Jose an early third period power play.
San Jose kills of the highsticking penalty to Jamie McGinn and takes the 3-2 lead into the break.
Antero Niittymaki just robs Anze Kopitar alone from under the faceoff dot, but a penalty happens on the scenario and L.A. goes on the power play.
13:35 (yes, time has moved backwards)
The Kings goal counts and now it’s a time machine moment. The clock has been moved back to the moment Ryan Smyth scored and the goal that followed by Torrey Mitchell
is waived off.
Both clubs just had shots that they each thought they scored on. It was Ryan Smyth for the Kings and then San Jose hit a post. Now Torrey Mitchell
definitely scored, but if Smith’s is ruled a goal, Mitchell’s won’t count.
A little four-on-four time as Dan Boyle
and Brad Richardson get two minutes apiece.
Scott Nichol finds himself in the right spot in the low slot and Derek Joslin finds him. Nichol puts the puck in for his second of the year and a two goal lead. That is three unanswered for the Sharks.
Antero Niittymaki caught enough of a centering pass that could have been problems had it gotten through.
The Sharks are attacking hard and have evened up the shot totals. There is a Beat LA chant going as well.
Todd McLellan sends Joe Thornton
’s line out to start the second with Dan Boyle
and Marc-Edouard Vlasic
LA leads on the shot clock 13-10, but the Sharks lead on the scoreboard 2-1.
Almost another minute and a half later the Sharks take the lead. This time it was a Jamie McGinn shot that started the action and Torrey Mitchell
was doing the dirty work out front and poked in the late tally.
San Jose waited just a minute and a half to retaliate. Joe Pavelski
took a pass down low along the boards and threw it behind him to a driving Ryane Clowe
who picked the top corner on Jonathan Quick.
The Kings strike first on a lucky, if not well earned, tally. An initial shot on net was rebuffed by Antero Niittymaki, but as Patrick Marleau
raced in to prevent an easy rebound, the puck was knocked off Dustin Brown’s skate and the Kings had the lead.
17 total shots at this point and the opportunities have been there for both clubs. Things seem to be happenings when Logan Couture
’s group is out there.
Niclas Wallin saves a goal. As the Sharks return to full strength, a puck bounces to Dustin Brown, with an open net. However, Wallin prevents Brown from putting the shot on net.
Derek Joslin is called for hooking and the Kings go up a man.
Devin Setoguchi and nails Michal Handzus
into the offensive boards.
, Ryane Clowe
and Logan Couture
bring a lot of energy and two strong chances to their first shift.
L.A. has the game’s first shot and Antero Niittymaki makes the grab.
Arturs Irbe is in the house to drop the first puck and the crowd is going bananas. Joe Thornton
takes it and hands the puck to the Lovable Latvian. Now it’s time for hockey.
Antero Niittymaki will face off against Jonathan Bernier in the important matchup. Joe Thornton
, Patrick Marleau
and Dany Heatley start up front with Marc-Edouard Vlasic
and Dan Boyle
beginning on the blueline.
San Jose will play without Douglas Murray
and Derek Joslin makes his season debut.
The Sharks are out in their black uniforms for warmups for their Pacific Division battle with the Kings. This game could be a four point swing as San Jose currently trails L.A. by six points. A Sharks win cuts it to four points and a Kings win pushes it to eight points.