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Sharks vs. Kings Game Blog -- March 24

by Tony Khing / San Jose Sharks
EPILOGUE


Quick is now 9-0 in shootouts and the Kings win, 4-3. But the Sharks get a point and now are tied for second in the Western Conference. The Sharks are three points up on Phoenix for the Pacific Division lead.

SHOOTOUT (good in CAPS)
KINGS -- Handzus, STOLL, Kopitar, Penner, BROWN
SHARKS-- BOYLE, Couture, Clowe, Pavelski, Marleau

Sharks are 5-4 and Kings are 8-2 this year.

OVERTIME
At the end of OT, we're tied @ 3-3. Kings have outshot the Sharks, 38-27, in the game. Here comes the shootout.

1:24
Willie Mitchell tries a slapshot from the left point,  but Niemi snags it with Stoll lurking in the slot for a rebound.

4:20
Boyle tries a slapper from the right point and his stick breaks. Meanwhile, the Kings rush back and Anze Kopitar's shot from the left point is snagged by Niemi.

Immediate kudos to Marleau for his two goals in the third period. His first goal tied the game late in the third period and his second tally tied it very late in the third period. At least the Sharks will get one point.

THIRD PERIOD

:03.2
Marleau gets a loose puck in the right slot and knocks it over the outstretched pad of Quick. Second goal of the period and 33rd of the season. We're tied at 3-3!!!! Overtime, here we come! Clowe and couture get the helpers. Hang on!!!

1:42
Brown gets a one-timer in the slot. Kings score on the power play and take a 3-2 lead. Brown scores his second of the game and 25th of the season. Brown took a pass in the slot from the right end boards by Handzus. Martinez gets the other assist.

2:55
Thornton gets called for interference. Not a good time for a penalty.

3:32
How many times have you seen this in 2010-11?? Marleau comes down the left wing and lets go of a wrister from the top of the circle!!! Goal No. 32 for Patrick. Demers with the assist and the Sharks have tied the score at 2-2.

4:28
Can't fault San Jose's effort in the third. The shots for the game (29-19) favor the Kings and San Jose is still outshooting Los Angeles, 6-2, in the period. But they're working hard.

8:28
Give credit to the Sharks for a solid effort in the period. They're down 2-1 but they're outshooting the Kings, 6-2. Setoguchi and Couture each have three shots.

11:59
Martinez goes in the box for tripping. Sharks down 2-1...power play time. But the Kings kill the penalty.

19:09
San Jose gets a good cycle going in the Kings end and earns a power play as Ponikarovsky goes to the bin for tripping. Sharks do have a power play goal tonight (Pavelski's No. 100), but Kings kill the penalty.

BETWEEN PERIOD THOUGHTS

Phoenix is beating Columbus, 2-0, late in the third period. 

Obviously, the third period will be the telling tale for San Jose. This is the second in as many nights for the Sharks, but considering what's at stake here, fatigue is not an option. If the Coyotes win, they trail the Sharks by one for the division lead...if the Sharks lose. We're stating the obvious, but what else is there to say? The Sharks need to put pucks on the net. They need to create scoring chances. Staying out of the box is another goal for the Sharks in the final 20 minutes, too.

SECOND PERIOD

END OF THE PERIOD
Sharks kill the penalty, but after 40 minutes, San Jose trails, 2-1. Kings outshoot San Jose, 13-4, in the period and 26-13 for the game. Couture leads the Sharks with three shots.

2:11
Oh boy...Clowe is going back to the box. He gets called for holding Wayne Simmonds. Kings are 1-for-3 with the man advantage.

3:15
Sharks kill the penalty. Kings get three shots.

5:20
Sharks still down, 2-1. Kings are outshooting San Jose, 8-3, in the period and 21-12 in the game. Clowe goes to the box for roughing. Kings are 1-for-2 on power play.

ADD PAVELSKI GOAL (AGAIN)...Pavelski's goal in the period was No. 100 in his career. Question: who was the opponent when he got his first NHL goal? The Los Angeles Kings!

9:39
Kings have a 2-1 lead at the TV timeout. Kings are outshooting San Jose, 20-10 and 7-1 in the second period.

10:53
Sharks can't get the puck out of the zone. Willie Mitchell blasts a slap shot from above the high slot on the left side as the Kings take a 2-1 lead. Mitchell gets his fourth goal of the season with assists going to Ryan Smyth and Oscar Moller.

12:42
Kings tie score on power play. Dustin Brown gets No. 24, thanks to some hustle by Alexei Ponikarovsky behind the Sharks net. Alec Martinez gets the second assist. Wallin couldn't get rid of the puck behind the net, Ponikarovsky pounced on it, somehow got it to Brown, who tapped it in off the right post and past Niemi's skate. Sharks 1, Kings 1.

14:20
Mayers goes to the box...holding the stick. Kings go on their second power play. Mayers got busted for holding Michal Handzus' lumber during a faceoff.

MORE PAVELSKI GOAL: So the Sharks have scored a power play goal in nine straight games.

ADD PAVELSKI GOAL: Pavelski did a smart thing. As he was standing in the left slot, he positioned his stick blade so that Marleau's shot hit the front of the curve and went in. Matt Greene was all over Pavelski, but stick position made a difference. It's called paying attention to the little things.

19:25
Pavelski gets a tap goal from a shot by Marleau, who was at the left point. San Jose takes a 1-0 lead. That's Pavelski's 17th goal. Marleau and Thornton with the helpers. So much for the NHL's top penalty kill.

20:00
The Sharks will begin the period with slighly more than 90 seconds of power play time. Oh by the way, the Kings are tied for the NHL lead in penalty killing.

BETWEEN PERIOD THOUGHTS
In case you're wonderig about meaningful Western Conference play tonight...Nashville beat Anaheim, 5-4. The Preds built up a 4-1 lead, but Anaheim rallied to come back...Meanwhile, down in the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix is beating Columbus, 1-0,  in the second period.

If the Sharks can win tonight, they'll pass Detroit by a point for second in the Western Conference. Phoenix starts the night three points behind San Jose for the Pacific Division lead.

Did you know...TORREY MITCHELL has four goals in his last four games... JOE THORNTON has three goals and three assists in his last five...Since DAN BOYLE returned to active duty, he has seven assists in six games...JOE PAVELSKI has three goals and 10 assists in his last five games.

FIRST PERIOD

END OF THE PERIOD
No score. Sharks wil start the second period on the power play. Shots on goal: Kings 13, Sharks 9.

:26.1
Jarret Stoll goes to the box for slashing Jason Demers. Sharks go on their first power play. San Jose has scored a power play goal in eight straight games.

1:45
Oscar Moller tried two shots on Niemi, but came up empty. Moller is playing in place of Justin Williams, who's out for a bit with an upper body injury. Williams' absence takes 22 goals out of the Kings lineup.

2:20
Marleau tries a wraparound, but couldn't score.

5:18
Still no score @ Staples. Kings still outshooting San Jose, 11-6. Teams are also even in hits with eight each.

6:54
Pavelski took a nice shot from the left point off a cross-ice pass from Mitchell, but Quick made the save.

LINE COMBOS: Better late than never, but here they are...

Marleau-Thornton-Setoguchi
Clowe-Couture-Heatley
Wellwood-Pavelski-Mitchell
Eager-Mayers-Desjardins

Murray-Boyle
Demers-White
Wallin-Braun

9:39
Kings now outshooting San Jose, 10-3.

ADD WALLIN: He hasn't played in a game since March 15 at Dallas (three games). He's paired with Justin Braun.

11:19
In early going, Kings outshooting San Jose, 7-2. Kyle Wellwood and Patrick Marleau have the only shots for San Jose.

14:25
Ian White goes to the box for Interference. Kings go on their first power play. Sharks kill penalty. Kings get four shots on net, but couldn't score.

UPDATE...Marc-Edouard Vlasic is out (lower body). Niclas Wallin is in the defensive rotation.

Hello everyone! Welcome to tonight's live game blog as the San Jose Sharks are in Los Angeles to face the Kings.

We can tell you that Antti Niemi will start in net for the 30th consecutive game. In his 29 consecutive starts, he's 21-4-3 with a 2.17 goals-against average. The Kings are going with Jonathan Quick.

ABOUT TONIGHT
The Sharks have won four straight, including last night's 6-3 decision over Calgary. This game is the first of a two-game road trip for San Jose. The trip concludes in Phoenix on Saturday...As for the Kings, they haven't played since Monday, a 2-1 shootout win over Calgary at Staples Center. Tonight's contest is the fourth game of a five-game homestand for Los Angeles. They're 1-1-1 in this stretch. In fact, the Kings may be better off playing AWAY from Staples Center. They've won five straight away from the 213 area code and are 11-1-3 in their last 15 road games. Los Angeles is 6-3-2 in their last 11 home games.

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