Jonathan Cheechoo tallied his third hat trick of the season, the eighth of his young career, and Joe Thornton
became the first player in Sharks franchise history to post four assists in one period as the Sharks dominated the Kings, 6-2, on Sunday afternoon in San Jose.
The Sharks hosted the Kings for a Sunday matinee at HP Pavilion at San Jose. Evgeni Nabokov squared off with Sean Burke between the pipes. Ron Wilson used the opportunity rest Bill Guerin’s sore groin and Joe Pavelski
dressed for Team Teal.
Mark Bell put San Jose up a goal early in the contest, even before NBC joined the contest (due to a long running golf event). Captain Patrick Marleau
found the big winger in the slot and he deposited the offering inside the far post.
It appears that San Jose would be up 2-0 on a Christian Ehrhoff goal, but the replay clearly showed the puck did not cross the line. Ehrhoff was subsequently called for a penalty, the first of three in a row to the home club.
The initial penalty was killed off, but Los Angeles would score on the following five-on-three. Mike Cammalleri dropped down from the blueline, accepted the pass and rifled the puck off the inside of the post.
The third straight Sharks penalty was still in effect, but the power play was halted when Derek Armstrong clipped Scott Hannan up high for double minor.
Sunday’s opening stanza would end tied at one, but the Sharks would begin the middle period with 1:12 of power play time.
Power play number one of the second was fended off, but San Jose struck immediately on an ensuing power play. A simple pass to the point for Craig Rivet concluded with him blasting a one-timer that Jonathan Cheechoo tipped to the back of the net.
The lead would go to 3-1 as the game neared its midway point. Joe Thornton
weaved through several Kings inside the blueline and then found Milan Michalek to the side of the net. Michalek has enough time to corral the pass, pull it back to his forehand and lift it past Burke.
When Ryane Clowe
was tripped up by Tom Kostopoulos, San Jose had time to pull Nabokov for the extra skater and get off a quality shot, but the tally would not come until the power play started. San Jose was working the puck along the outside when Jonathan Cheechoo blasted a one-timer that went of a defenseman (it was originally credited to Michalek) and in the net.
It nearly became a five-goal lead when Steve Bernier attempted to pull off the spin-o-rama on a wrap-around and Clowe almost knocked in the loose puck.
The fifth tally did come with 1:34 left when Thornton showed off his puck-handling skills again. The big center went through the Kings defense and came out from behind the net. Drawing all the defensive attention, Thornton found Cheechoo dropping down toward the net and he easily slapped home the puck for his 35th tally of the year and his third hat trick of the year.
Due to the scoring change on what ended up being Cheechoo first goal of the night, the crowd did not find out of the hat trick until just before the third period began.
Four second period goals were impressive, but what was more impressive that San Jose prevented Los Angeles from recording a shot for 19 consecutive minutes of action. Also lost in the shuffle was the fact that Thornton’s four helpers tied former Shark Niklas Sundstrom’s mark for assists in a period.
Marc Crawford looked to switch up the game’s flow by inserting Mathieu Garon to start the third.
Los Angeles did manage to score first in the third when Aaron Miller kept a puck in at the blueline and throw it on net. Alexander Frolov fought off a defender and tipped the shot past Nabokov.
San Jose did not give the Kings a chance to pull the game within two as they jumped on their next power play opportunity. Hard work by Curtis Brown and Mike Grier set up Patrick Rissmiller and he reached around a down and extended Miller to fire one past Garon.
Clowe – Goc – Bernier
Michalek – Thornton – Cheechoo
Bell – Marleau – Pavelski
Rissmiller – Brown – Grier
Hannan – Vlasic
McLaren – Ehrhoff
Carle – Rivet
Nabokov – Toskala
The Sharks will play their final road game of the regular season on Tuesday when they travel to Anaheim for a match up against the Pacific Division-leading Ducks. Game time is set for 7 PM. The game will be telecast on FSN+, but will be joined in progress at the conclusion of the Golden State Warriors game. The game will also be broadcast in its entirety on KFOX 98.5 FM, Sharks Radio Network Affiliates and SJSHARKS.com.
|FINAL ||1 ||2 ||3 ||T |
| ||Los Angeles ||1 ||0 ||1 ||2 |
| ||San Jose ||1 ||4 ||1 ||6 || |
|LAK: ||CAMMALLERI, M. (PPG, 16:15 in 1st), FROLOV, A. (08:49 in 3rd) |
|SJS: ||BELL, M. (02:49 in 1st), CHEECHOO, J. (PPG, 02:49 in 2nd), MICHALEK, M. (06:23 in 2nd), CHEECHOO, J. (PPG, 09:54 in 2nd), CHEECHOO, J. (18:26 in 2nd), RISSMILLER, P. (PPG, 13:31 in 3rd) |