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Sharks quick to not score
Kings shutout SJ on Quick's 33 saves
11/28/11 - By Mike Lee -

Bad habits were the theme of the night on Monday, as the Sharks dropped their second game in a row to a Western Conference foe. San Jose squandered five power play chances en route to a 2-0 shutout loss to the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center. Jonathan Quick was the latest world-beater in net to take advantage of the Sharks charity. Quick made 33 saves to earn the shutout against a Sharks offense that has fallen flat the last 9 periods.

The Sharks coasted out of the gate, generating little in terms of energy around the Kings net. Quick just sat back and let a series of soft scoring attempts come to him. The Kings netminder was never challenged in the first 20 minutes, but he was credited with 11 saves.

If it wasn't bad enough that the Sharks offense has gone cold, defensive lapses against checking lines are even starting to cost San Jose. Ethan Moreau scored his first goal in a decade 8:37 into the game, after Justin Braun made a terrible play, coughing up the puck deep in his own zone. Moreau snapped the turnover on net from the left corner, surprising Antti Niemi. The puck hit Niemi's stick, then took an odd hop between the wickets for the 1-0 Kings lead.

Los Angeles took a 2-0 lead early in the 2nd period after an odd set of penalties. Referee Don VanMassenhoven whistled Jarret Stoll for holding Joe Thornton's stick, but also assessed Thornton with a minor penalty for hooking Stoll. Thornton sat in the penalty box with a flabbergasted look on his face, which turned to disgust when the Kings scored moments later on the 4-on-4.

Sharks defenseman Brent Burns fell on the play, allowing Simon Gagne to work the puck behind the San Jose net before sliding a pass to Mike Richards for the one-time chance that beat Niemi.

The Kings got themselves into penalty trouble late in the period, providing the Sharks with essentially 4 consecutive minutes of power play time. San Jose just couldn't generate any chances in tight on Quick. They insisted on long range shots without any traffic in front of the Kings netminder, which simply didn't work.

Two more 3rd period power play chances gave the Sharks fie total chances to get on the scoreboard, but Quick was up to the task.

Dustin Brown appeared to score a goal with just under 14 minutes to play, but replays showed that Slava Voynov kicked a puck past Niemi. The play was ruled a goal by VanMassenhoven, but a video review overturned the referee's call.

San Jose out 13 shots on net in the final period, but it would simply represent an unfulfilled effort. Patrick Marleau and Burns finished the game with 6 shots apiece. Joe Pavelski and Jamie McGinn added 4 shots on goal each, representing two-thirds of the Sharks offensive chances.

Sharks head coach Todd McLellan pulled Niemi with 2 minutes to play in order to try and pot a goal, but even that approach proved fruitless. Ryane Clowe capped the game with a meaningless scuffle with Jack Johnson as time expired.

Clowe has been one of the forwards who is searching for some scoring. The winger hasn't scored in 10 games and is doing little else to generate some scoring punch for a team that has gone ice cold the last three games.





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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 0 0 0 0
LA 1 1 0 2
1st period - 1, LA, Moreau 1 (unassisted), 8:37.
2nd period - 2, LA, Richards 11 (Gagne, Mitchell), 4:16.
3rd period - None.
Penalties
1st period - McLaren, SJ (unsportsmanlike conduct), 16:06.
2nd period - Thornton, SJ (hooking), 4:01; Stoll. LA (holding he stick) 4:01; Bench, LA (too many men), 7:36; Thornton, SJ (holding), 12:23; Stoll. LA (holding), 15:24; Greene, LA (interference), 17:52.
3rd period - Vandermeer, SJ (hooking), 4:26; Hunter, LA (hooking), 5:45; Doughty, LA (tripping), 10:14; Clowe, SJ (roughing), 20:00; Clowe, SJ (roughing), 20:00; Johnson, LA (roughing), 20:00.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Niemi 33 31
LA - Quick 33 33
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 11 9 13 33
LA 16 9 8 33
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 5
LA 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Jonathan Quick
Willie Mitchell
Ethan Moreau
Attendence
18,118
Officials
Referees: Hebert, VanMassenhoven. Linesmen: Mach, Racicot.
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