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Martin Likes the Kings
Sharks netminder rebounds to lead SJ on MLK Day
1/15/18 - By Mike Lee -

MLK Day stands for the day we honor one of the most influential figures in American history. On Monday, MLK stood for Martin Likes the Kings. San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones faced his former team and made 35 saves to bounce back from a horrendous start last Saturday to beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 at Staples Center. Unlike Saturday's goal fest, the Sharks played a methodical defensive game, suppressing the Kings and leaning on four different goal scorers to beat their rivals from Southern California.

Jones has had rough outings since the middle of December and needed a quality performance as the Sharks try to make up ground in the Western Conference and Pacific Division standings. The goaltender kept his former team at bay all day in the matinee game that allows San Jose to pull within a point of the Kings.

San Jose drew first blood with a Chris Tierney goal 4:38 into the contest off a pretty feed from Joonas Donskoi. Dylan Demelo started the sequence with a feed to Donsoi in the high slot. Saturday night's savior, Donskoi saw Tierney cutting on the left wing. He pivoted to face the net and rather than shoot, he made the pass to his linemate for the easy tap in past Kings backup goaltender Darcy Kuemper.

Former Shark forward Torrey Mitchell was whistled for slashing late in the period, but the league's top penalty kill kept the Sharks power play at bay. San Jose generated 2 shots on goal on the man advantage, but never really threatened Kuemper.

Barclay Goodrow made it a 2-0 Sharks lead 8:52 into the 2nd period. Demelo carried the puck up the right wing and put a shot on Kueumper from the side boards. Kuemper failed to control the shot as it popped out to the front of the net where Goodrow cleaned up with a return shot that found twine.

Mikkel Boedker pushed the sharks lead to 3-0 9:11 into the 3rd period on one of the easier tallies of his career. Tierney carried the puck up the right side and out-waited a Kings defender before cutting back to the slot and then slipping a pass to Donskoi in the middle. Donskoi got a skate blade on the puck, floating toward the net. Boedker was parked on the left post where he helped it over the goal line for his 4th goal of the season.

Joe Pavelski took the sharks first penalty of the day midway through the 3rd period, setting up the Kings first chance on special teams with the man advantage. The Sharks killed the penalty, but Trevor Lewis fond the back of the net as San Jose tried to get their 5th skater into the play. Marion Gaborik carried the puck past the left post and made a feed to Lewis in the low slot for the quick put back goal.

Brent Burns and Adrian Kemp took offsetting slashing penalties with 3:23 to play and the Kings used that as an opportunity to pull Kuemper to setup a 5-on-4 scenario. Los Angeles couldn't muster any scoring, largely because of Jones performance. The netminder stood tall as the Kings held the sharks zone for a majority of the 2 minutes span.

Joe Thornton put the nail in the Kings coffin with an empty-net goal with 20 seconds left in regulation to give the Sharks the season series. San Jose took 3of 4 games from Los Angeles this season. In a scheduling oddity, the two teams won't face each other again this season unless a playoff match up arises.

Game Notes:

* The Sharks announced a roster move on Monday after they placed veteran defenseman Paul Martin on waivers. Martin had been a healthy scratch in his last 7 games after referring from an injury that sidelined him for all but three games this season. It was reported by multiple news sources that Martin had asked for a trade, but there were no takers.

* As is typical for a Kings - Sharks game, Los Angeles focused on pounding the body. Los Angeles recorded 34 hits to San Jose's 17.

* Defensemen Brendan Dillon and Dylan Demelo were both a +3 in the game. Demelo returned from the injured reserve after a 7 game absence and recorded two assists in the game.





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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 1 1 2 4
LA 0 0 1 1
1st period - 1, SJ, Tierney 11 (Donsoi, Demelo), 4:38.
2nd period - 2, SJ, Goodrow 3 (Demelo, Dillon), 8:52.
3rd period - 3, SJ, Boedker 4 (Donskoi, Tierney), 9:11. 4, LA, Lewis 11 (Gaborik, Kempe), 12:42. 5, SJ, Thornton 10 (Braun, Vlasic), 19:40, (en).
Penalties
1st period - Mitchell, LA (slashing), 17:59.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - Pavelski, SJ (tripping), 10:32; Burns, SJ (slashing), 16:37; Kemp, LA (slashing), 16:37.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 36 35
LA - Kuemper 32 29
LA - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 13 15 5 33
LA 6 13 17 36
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 1
LA 0 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Chris Tierney
Dylan Demelo
Martin Jones
Attendance
Staples Center - 18,230
Officials
Referees: Rooney, Skilliter. Linesmen: Cameron, Daisy.
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