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Sharks Host Division Rival Kings

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks

San Jose finished off the Kings by a 6-1 count and wrapped up the Pacific Division title.

Just as the game was winding down, the haymakers came out.  Both Brad Richardson and Kyle Clifford were looking for a piece of Douglas Murray and Dan Boyle quickly jumped in to even the odds.  Boyle paired off with Richardson and Murray took care of Clifford.  Somehow Boyle was given the extra four minutes.

The plus side was Boyle earned the Gordie Howe hat trick.

Jonathan Bernier somehow slid across the crease to stop what looked like a sure goal by Joe Pavelski.

In a 6-1 game, there was still a little drama left as a win would officially clinch the Pacific Division title and there was still the possibility of the 1,000th point for "Jumbo".

Ben Eager did not score, but he just showed some world class stick handling.

Jason Demers just rang one off the post as the Sharks were still pressing offensively.

There was a scoring change on San Jose's third goal as Kyle Wellwood was credited when video showed him getting a piece of Marc-Edouard Vlasic's shot.

San Jose was up 6-1 after two periods.

On a three-on-two rush, Devin Setoguchi found the back of the net.

The fans are chanting for a Marc-Edouard Vlasic hat trick.

On Marc-Edouard Vlasic's last goal, Andrew Desjardin picked up his first NHL assist.

Joe Thornton just scored to make it 5-1.  It marked his 999th career point.  It also marked his 11th consecutive 20 goal season.

Ben Eager just clanged one off the post, but it moved away without any damage against L.A.

San Jose struck from the blueline again and this time it was Dan BoyleJoe Thornton assisted on the tally and moved within two points of 1,000.

Los Angeles switched to Jonathan Bernier in net to try and change the momentum.

It took all of 22 seconds for San Jose to respond and it was the second of the night for Marc-Edouard Vlasic.  The normally defensive blueliner blasted a shot that cleared traffic out front and went in.  It marked Vlasic's first 2-goal game ever.

San Jose killed off the remainder of the carry over  penalty from the first, but the Kings scored immediately after as Michal Handzus knocked in a rebound.

With 13 seconds left in the period, Jamal Mayers was whistled for hooking and the Kings power play would carry to the second. 

San Jose took the 2-0 lead to the lockerroom.

Ryane Clowe was forced to leave the ice at one point and was listed as questionable to return.

LA actually held an 11-10 shot advantage, but the scoring opportunities have gone the Sharks Sharks way.

Jamal Mayers took exception to Kyle Clifford driving him into the boards and a quick bout ensued.  It ended quickly when both tumbled to the ice.

Great board work allowed San Jose to maintain play in the offensive zone.  On the continued effort, Kyle Wellwood found Mard-Edouard Vlasic dropping down and he beat Jonathan Quick to make the lead 2-0.

Los Angeles began some sustained pressure, but not enough to distract Antti Niemi.

Joe Pavleski grabbed a rebound from a Torrey Mitchell shot and ripped it home from the slot.  1-0 Sharks.

A nice Beat LA chant from the fans to begin the contest.

The Sharks would clinch the Pacific Division title with a victory.

Antti Niemi opened against Jonathan Quick.  The starting forwards were Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Devin Setoguchi.  On defense it was Douglas Murray and Dan Boyle.

This marked the 35th anniversary of the last California/Oakland Seals game and that ironically was against the Kings.
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