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Sharks knock off Kings with late run
SJ scores a pair of 3rd period goals to beat LA 2-1
11/12/17 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks had the tall task of jumping on plane following their 5-0 win over Vancouver on Saturday night, in order to play in a rare Sunday night game in Los Angeles less than 24 hours later. It took the Sharks a period to get their legs, and another period to find the net, but they scored a pair of 3rd period goals to knock off the Los Angeles Kings in 2-1 nail biter at Staples Center.

Third and fourth line energy propelled the Sharks who had to overcome a 1st period power play goal by the Kings to take their sixth win in their last seven games. The win helped the Sharks keep pace in the ultra-competitive Western Conference. A mere five points separates the 3rd and 13th best records in the West.

The 4 shot output by the Sharks it the opening period made it pretty obvious that they were feeling the effects of their up tempo game with Vancouver on Saturday night. That didn't matter if goals aren't finding their way past the Sharks goal line.

San Jose finished the evening as the best defensive team in the NHL, allowing an average of 2.33 goals per game. Los Angeles had boasted the top spot in that category entering play, but their 2.44 goals per game average pushed them to the 2nd spot in the league behind San Jose.

The only goal the Sharks surrendered came via the power play.

The Kings took advantage of a Tim Heed hooking penalty early in the 1st period, when former Kings captain Dustin Brown deflected a wrist shot off the stick of current captain Anze Kopitar at 8:30 of the 1st period. Kopitar snapped the shot from the outside of the right dot, placing it at the top of the crease. Brown was offset, just off the right post, facing the blueline. Hand-eye coordination came into play as Brown got his stick blade on the shot, centering it and forcing to the ice to bounce between Martin Jones' pads.

Joonas Donskoi was called for a ticky-tack slashing penalty that resulted in another Kings power play, but Jones made a series of big saves to keep the deficit at a single goal.

Drew Doughty was whistled for tripping at 2:19 of the 2nd period, drawing his second minor infraction of the game. The Sharks were denied a chance to even the game when Joe Pavelski was called for the same penalty 27 seconds later.

Melker Karlsson was Johnny on the spot 5:42 into the 3rd period, when he punched home a deflection after Logan Couture bounced a shot off of Tomas Hertl's backside. Couture fired from the left dot as a flurry of traffic began to form in front of the Kings net. Karlsson had collapsed in the slot and was perfectly positioned to scoop up the deflection and lift it into the wide open net.

San Jose grabbed the lead 12:50 into the period when Joel Ward deflected a Barclay Goodrow shot with his skate past Quick. Goodrow took a feed from Joakim Ryan along the left wing boards and snapped a shot in the direction of the net. Ward was positioned half way between Goodrow and the net. The puck caught Ward's left skate, changing the trajectory by 45 degrees to put the puck perfectly inside the right post.

Game Notes:

* Every Shark skater recorded a shot on except with the exception of Logan Couture, Joonas Donskoi, Mikkel Boedker and Justin Braun. San Jose threw 33 pucks at Jonathan Quick. Brent Burns led all Sharks skaters with 5 shots on goal. Tyler Toffoli recrded 6 shots for Los Angeles.

* The Sharks blocked more shots than their opposition for once. San Jose recorded 21 blocks, while the Kings registered 14 blocks. Couture was the only Sharks forward with 3 blocks. Three San Jose defensemen recorded 3 blocks apiece.

* Kings defenseman Drew Doughty had a tough evening, taking a pair of penalties and finishing the evening with a -2 +/-. He did recorded the secondary assist on Brown's goal.





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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 0 0 2 2
LA 1 0 0 1
1st period - 1, LA, Brown 8 (Kopitar, Doughty), 8:30, (pp).
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 2, SJ, Karlsson 3 (Hertl, Couture), 5:42. 3, SJ, Ward 3 (Goodrow, Ryan), 12:50.
Penalties
1st period - Heed, SJ (hooking), 7:49; Doughty, LA (interference), 12:16; Donskoi, SJ (slashing), 17:03.
2nd period - Doughty, LA (tripping), 2:19; Pavelski, SJ (tripping), 2:46; Ward, SJ (goaltender interference), 5:42.
3rd period - Shore, LA (slashing), 6:07.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 27 26
LA - Quick 33 31
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 4 14 14 33
LA 8 11 8 27
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 3
LA 1 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Martin Jones
Jonathan Quick
Brent Burns
Attendance
Staples Center - 18,230
Officials
Referees: Hebert, Charron. Linesmen: Gawryletz, Cameron.
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