San Jose looked for a fast rebound from their difficult loss the previous night to Los Angeles and that is exactly what they did behind goals from Joe Pavelski
, Jeremy Roenick and Jonathan Cheechoo. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 24 of 25 shots to earn the victory.
Christian Ehrhoff and Patrick Rissmiller were healthy scratches from the previous night and in their places were Marcel Goc and Alexei Semenov.
An early penalty to Alexender Frolov put San Jose up a man just a minute into the night, allowing the Sharks to take an early lead. While up a man, Joe Thornton
fed Joe Pavelski
just behind the blueliners and he snapped it home. Cheechoo also assisted on the play.
The lead would not last however. San Jose had just killed off a Matt Carle penalty when former Shark Brad Stuart launched a blast from the point and beat Nabokov to even the score.
San Jose posted 10 shots to the Kings nine and the first period concluded tied at one.
Team Teal would again take the lead in the second when former Kings center Jeremy Roenick banged home his 499th career tally. Roenick started the play with a dump-in and when Semenov blasted a point shot, Roenick was there to jam in the loose change. He was now within one of becoming just the third American to hit the 500 goal mark.
San Jose would take the 2-1 lead into the third period.
In the third when the game has less than 10 minutes remaining, the Kings were looking hard for the tying goal. However, following a blocked shot by Jonathan Cheechoo, and a save by Nabokov, it was San Jose going the other way that found success. After Cheechoo intercepted a pass, he and Thornton skated in two-on-one. As expected, Thornton made the final pass and Cheechoo knocked in the insurance goal.
Los Angeles pulled their netminder in hopes of forcing overtime, but Nabokov made the stops he needed and the Sharks skated off with a 3-1 victory.
The Sharks will be home again Wednesday night against Dallas with limited tickets available at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at www.ticketmaster.com. The game will carried on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.