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Scoring suddenly not a problem
Sharks bag 5 more goals in win over LA
1/19/10 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks followed up their nine goal outburst on Monday night with another five tallies on Tuesday, this time on the road in Southern California . The Sharks coasted to a 5-1 win over the host Los Angeles Kings less than 24 hours after their track meet with the Calgary Flames. San Jose would only muster 24 shots on goal, but they made them count. Three goals came on the power play, giving the Sharks five goals on the man advantage in two games.

Patrick Marleau and Ryane Clowe each bagged a pair of goals to pace the Sharks, and goaltender Evgeni Nabokov was in the zone, stopping 36 of 37 shots on net.

Dustin Brown put the Sharks on the power play at 4:05 after slashing Dany Heatley, and the move would prove costly for the Kings. After scoring two power play goals agains the Flames on Monday night, San Jose picked up where they left off.

Patrick Marleau banged home his 33rd goal of the season from the high slot after Joe Pavelski set him up with a pass from behind the Los Angeles goal a minute and change into the Brown penalty. Dan Boyle put a shot on goal and Pavelski beat out the nearest Kings defender.

Boyle was whistled for a holding penalty at 7:29, and Jarrett Stoll rocketed a shot off the left post on the ensuing power play. The Sharks killed off the penalty, their 22nd consecutive kill, but it was what Boyle did after the penalty expired that stung the Kings.

The Kings misplayed the puck right as Boyle exited the box, allowing the Sharks defenseman to scoop it up and race into the Kings zone. Two Los Angeles defenders skated pat Boyle as he cut toward the slot to get a better angle on Kings netminder Jonathan Quick. Boyle wound up on the 25-foot slap shot, beating Quick for the 2-0 lead.

Ryane Clowe made it 3-0 with 3:11 remaining in the period after Jed Ortmeyer picked off a Kings pass in the Los Angeles zone. Clowe was trailing on the Kings break and simply had to reverse direction right in front of the Kings net, where he took a feed from Ortmeyer, before depositing it past Quick for his 12th goal of the season.

Wayne Simmonds got the Kings on the board 44 seconds into the 2nd period after Ryan Smyth attempted a wrap-around shot that skittered through the crease from right to left. Douglas Murray couldn’t get back in time to stop Simmonds from stabbing at the loose puck into the net. Evgeni Nabokov had committed himself to the right post in order to take away the chance from Smyth.

San Jose went on the power play again at 13:15 of the period after Brandon Segal was sent off for boarding Kent Huskins. The Sharks almost blew the opportunity when Smyth grabbed a turnover and raced up the ice for a short-handed breakaway chance. Nabokov stacked the pads to preserve the two-goal lead, then Marleau extended that lead.

After the close call by Smyth, the Sharks moved the puck up ice, and Marleau snapped home his second power play tally of the night with an 18-foot wrister on a feed from Pavelski.

San Jose would get their third power play goal in as many chances at 11:59 of the 3rd period after Anze Kopitar was sent off for boarding Torrey Mitchell. Ryane Clowe fired a put back chance from the left side past Quick after Rob Blake fired the puck off the Kings netminder, and Manny Malhotra chipped the deflection over to Clowe for the one-timer.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 3 1 1 5
LA 0 1 0 1
1st period - 1, SJ, Marleau 33 (Pavelski, Boyle), 5:18, (pp). 2, SJ, Boyle 10 (unassisted), 9:38. 3, SJ, Clowe 12 (Ortmeyer), 16:49.
2nd period - 4, LA, Simmonds 12 (Smyth, Doughty), 0:44. 5, SJ, Marleau 34 (Pavelski, Boyle), 13:48, (pp).
3rd period - 6, SJ, Clowe 13 (Malhotra Blake), 11:59, (pp).
1st period - Brown, LA (slashing), 4:05; Leach, SJ (roughing), 7:13; Simmonds , LA (roughing), 7:13; Boyle, SJ (holding), 7:29.
2nd period - Murray, SJ (interference), 3:48; Segal , LA (boarding), 13:15.
3rd period - Boyle, SJ, (roughing), 5:16; Boyle, SJ (roughing), 5:16; Brown, LA (slashing), 5:16; Brown, LA (roughing), 5:16; Blake, SJ (cross checking), 7:32; Kopitar , LA (boarding), 10:25; Heatley, SJ (high sticking – double minor), 17:02; Smyth , LA (goaltender interference), 19:12.
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 37 36
LA - Quick 24 19
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 12 5 7 24
LA 8 14 15 37
Power Play Conversion
SJ 3 of 3
LA 0 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Dan Boyle
Patrick Marleau
Joe Pavelski
Referees: Martell, Peel. Linesmen: Henderson, Pare.
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