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Rebounding in LA
SJ solid in 5-2 win
1/11/07 - by Mike Lee

After faltering on special teams on Wednesday night, the Sharks turned things around against the Los Angeles Kings 24 hours later with a solid 5-2 win over the Pacific Division cellar dwellers. Five different Sharks scored, including Patrick Marleau, who passed Owen Nolan for the franchise record for goals scored all-time. Marleau’s 207th career tally late in the 2nd period turned out to be the game winner.

San Jose continued to struggle out of the gate, failing to score in the opening period, and surrendering the game’s first goal five minutes into the middle period. Mike Cammalleri converted on this 16th of the season on a put-back after Sharks goaltender Vesa Toskala got caught out of position making a stop on Anze Kopitar.

Mark Bell would get sent off for holding 30 seconds after Cammalleri’s goal to setup one of two power play chances for the Kings on the night. The penalty was significant, because Bell would exit the box just as the Scott Hannan gained control of the puck, before sending it up ice to Bell. The Sharks forward would skate in on Kings netminder Mathieu Garon and fire the puck home, using a teammate to draw the lone defender away from the play.

Milan Michalek would convert on the power play with a nifty backhand shot from outside the right post at 12:19 to give the Sharks the lead for good.

Los Angeles would try to out-play the Sharks with physical play, but rather than knocking the puck into the net, it would knock out two Sharks. Mark Smith had his bell rung when he was sent into the boards head first after being checked from behind by Craig Conroy. Marc-Edouard Vlassic would leave the game after having his head bounced off the end-board glass by Kopitar, who brought his elbow up on the hit. Vlassic would miss the entire 3rd period.

Marleau would bag his record setting goal with a minute remaining in the period after Joe Pavelski bounced a shot of Garon. The Shaks captain grabbed the rebound and snapped a shot diagonally through the crease as Garon tried to cover the strong side.

The Kings would turn up the heat in the final period, but it would be San Jose that draw blood first in the period to extend their lead to 4-1. Ryane Clowe would follow up his Saturday hat-trick with his 9th goal of the season. Douglas Murray fired a shot that found the back of the net for what would have been his 1st NHL goal, but scorekeepers ruled that Clowe tipped the shot.

Kopitar would follow up with his 12th of the season 34 seconds later to cut the Sharks lead to two-goals, but it would be too little, too late.

Patrick Rissmiller would score an empty-net goal late to cap the scoring. Kings defenseman Rob Blake didn’t care for Rissmiller’s goal, taking a poke at him as the two skated back to their respective benches.

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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 3 2 5
LA 0 1 1 2
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, LA, Cammalleri 16 (Kopitar, Brown), 5:02. 2, SJ, Bell 6 (Hannan), 7:48. 3, SJ, Michalek 12 (Cheechoo), 12:19, (pp). 4, SJ, Marleau 20 (Pavelski, Rissmiller), 18:58
3rd period - 5, SJ, Clowe 9 (Murray, Marleau), 7:28. 6, Kopitar 12 (Pushkarev), 8:02. 7, SJ, Rissmiller 3 (Pavelski), 18:34, (en).
1st period - Conroy, LA (tripping), 14:32; Avery, LA (high sticking), 18:38.
2nd period - Ehrhoff, SJ (hooking), 0:57; Bell, SJ (tripping), 5:39; Avery, LA (slashing), 12:04.
3rd period - None.
  Shots Saves
SJ - Toskala 24 22
LA - Garon 30 26
LA - empty net10
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 10 14 7 31
LA 6 8 10 24
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 3
LA 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Patrick Marleau
Christian Ehrhoff
Anze Kopitar
Referees: Marc Joannette, Kevin Pollock. Linesmen: Vaughan Rody, Dan Schachte.

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