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Not so lucky this time
LA power play spells doom for SJ
11/13/06 - by Mike Lee

Sharks head coach Ron Wilson said the Sharks didn't play very well last Thursday when they tattooed the host Kings 7-3, but that they got away with one. The rematch Monday night was testament to the fact that the Sharks may have gotten away with one that night. This time the Sharks blew two leads, succumbing to a Kings lineup that exacted revenge after their embarrassing loss last week.

San Jose played with little intensity all night long, making several mistakes that finally caught up to them late in the contest. The power play went 0-for-4, and has scored only one goal in the last 17 attempts on the man advantage.

Goals to open the 1st and 3rd periods were wasted on sloppy defense and two 3rd period penalties which should have never occurred.

Milan Michalek staked the Sharks to a 1-0 lead midway through the opening period on a wrist shot that rifled over Kings goaltender Dan Cloutier's left shoulder. Michalek chipped the puck past a defender along the right wing boards before grabbing his own pass and snapping a shot from the bottom of the right circle.

The Sharks allowed the Kings to draw even with 41 seconds remaining in the period on an Alexander Frolov goal. Frolov gathered a rebound while parked on the left post, drawing the puck from right to left, then sliding it past Vesa Toskala. The Kings stepped up the heat late and cashed in during the scrum in front of Toskala.

Los Angeles kept the up beat tempo going in the 3rd period, narrowly missing on several attempts.

The Sharks looked as if they would steal a win, when they went up 2-1 early int eh 3rd period when Joe Thornton scored a goal on a no-look shot from the same spot as Michalek's goal.

The Sharks lead would last less than four minutes after a Matt Carle blunder. The Sharks rookie defenseman rushed a clearing attempt, lifting it over the glass for a delay of game penalty.

Lubomir Visnovsky would make the Sharks pay for Carle's mistake by pumping a shot from the point past Toskala, who was screened by Sean Avery and Steve Conroy.

Los Angeles would gift wrap two penalties for the Sharks after Visnovsky's goal, but the league's top power play unit continued to struggle. Steve Bernier reciprocated by taking a bad penalty in the offensive zone, holding Rob Blake's stick while he was scrumming behind the Kings net.

Anzi Koiptar and Dustin Brown teamed up to finish the inevitable by converting on the ensuing Kings power play 32 seconds after Bernier was sent off.

Frolov iced things with an empty-net goal after the Sharks failed to generate any response.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 1 0 1 2
LA 1 0 3 4
1st period - 1, SJ, Michalek 8 (Marleau, Bernier), 9:51. 2, LA, Frolov 7 (Avery, Visnovsky), 19:19.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 3, SJ, Thornton 4 (Cheechoo, Vlassic), 0:47. 4, LA, Visnovsky 5 (Frolov, Dallman), 4:02, (pp). 5, LA, Brown 3 (Kopitar, Cammalleri), 16:50, (pp). 6, LA, Frolov 8 (Blake), 19:37, (en).
 
Penalties
1st period - Smith, SJ (interference), 5:28.
2nd period - Norstrom, LA (hooking), 8:34; Ivanas, LA (holding), 17:00.
3rd period - Carle, SJ (delay of game), 2:45; Blake, LA (hooking), 4:26; Conroy, LA (holding), 13:54; Bernier, SJ (holding stick), 16:13; Bell, SJ (fighting major), 19:46; Kostopolous, LA (fighting Major), 19:46.
Goaltending
  Shots Saves
SJ - Toskala 33 30
SJ - empty net 1 0
LA - CLoutier 18 16
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 5 8 5 18
LA 9 10 15 34
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 4
LA 2 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Dustin Brown
Alexander Frolov
Rob Blake
Attendence
16,667
Officials
Referees: Michael McGeough, Tim Peel. Linesmen: Andy McElman, Brian Murphy.

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