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Uninspired play leads to 1-0 loss
Quick out-duels Stalock in 1-goal game
1/27/14 - By Mike Lee -

Dustin Brown is not a very popular man in San Jose. It was Brown who maimed the Sharks Calder Trophy hopeful Tomas Hertl in a game on December 19th. A knee-on-knee hit which may have ended Hertl's season was top of mind for many of the 17,596 in attendance at SAP Center on Monday night. Evidently it was on the minds of some of the Shark players as well. San Jose looked tentative for the majority of Monday night's affair, eventually dropping a 1-0 decision to the Kings.

* Brown failed to end any careers on Monday night, but his mere presence had the Sharks seemingly thinking about how he might take out a knee and less about how to beat the Kings. San Jose floated through the first 40 minutes of the game, registering a paltry 4 shots on goal in the 1st period and another 5 in the 2nd.

* San Jose's biggest scoring chance came early in the contest when Bracken Kearns had the puck and an open net after Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick went down to make a save on a shot moments earlier. Kearns had the backhand chance, but he couldn't lift it over Quick's outstretched glove. The netminder snagged Kearns' attempt and that was essentially all she wrote.

* Brad Richards hit the post with the shot two ticks before the end of the 1st period, keeping the game scoreless heading into the break. The Kings would hit iron 4 times throughout the game.

* Alex Stalock set a new franchise record with his shutout streak of 171 minutes and 19 seconds. Problem is Stalock's streak ended when Anze Kopitar slipped past the Sharks defense and gathered in a deflected puck before slamming on the breaks at the top of the crease and slipping a puck around the Sharks netminder. The goal came with 2:04 left in the 2nd period.

* The Sharks previous shutout record was set by Evgeni Nabokov in January of 2009 (170:58).

* Penalties stymied the Sharks in the 2nd and 3rd periods. Dan Boyle and Joe Thornton took lazy holding and hooking penalties respectively, killing any momentum that San Jose started to generate.

* Los Angeles closed out the 2nd period with a man in the penalty box, but San Jose failed to get anything going on the power play. Slave Voynov was then sent off at 4:47 of the 3rd period to give the Sharks the opening they needed to tie things up, but Thornton took another lazy hooking penalty 17 seconds into their power play to wipe that opportunity off the slate.

* Joe Pavelski tried swatting a shoulder-high puck midway through the final period, but ended up hitting Anze Kopitar in the chops, drawing a 4-minute power play for high sticking.

* The one positive for the Sharks was their power play, which killed off the Pavelski double minor, along with 3 other King power plays. The kill finally generated a little energy in the building, but the Sharks just weren't up to the task.

* San Jose finally found some inspiration with 5 minutes left in the contest. They would generate several shots on net, but nothing that really challenged Quick.

* The Sharks pulled Stalock, but the puck spent more time in the Sharks zone then at the end that mattered for San Jose. Quick made one final save as Pavelski got a shot on net from the slot right as the final horn sounded.


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1 2 3 T
LA 0 1 0 1
SJ 0 0 0 0
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, LA, Kopitar 15 (Carter, Doughty), 17:56.
3rd period - None.
1st period - Stuart, SJ (holding), 5:36; Fraser, LA (roughing), 11:53; Burns, SJ (roughing), 11:53; Kopitar, LA (roughing), 8:52; Thornton, SJ (hooking), 8:52.
2nd period - Regehr, LA (interference), 1:55; Boyle, SJ (holding), 6:03; Mitchell, LA (hooking), 19:05.
3rd period - Voynov, LA (cross checking), 4:47; Thornton, SJ (hooking), 5:04; Pavelski SJ (high sticking - double minor), 10:08.
Shots Saves
LA - Quick 23 23
SJ - Stalock 21 20
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
LA 8 5 8 21
SJ 4 5 14 23
Power Play Conversion
LA 0 of 5
SJ 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Jonathan Quick
Alex Stalock
Anze Kopitar
Referees: Lee, Hanson. Linesmen: Murchison, Heyer.
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