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Another win in bonus time
Sharks outlast the Kings in LA
2/9/21 - By Mike Lee -

Winning in regulation isn't something that seems to appeal to the Sharks these days. Playing their 11th consecutive game on the road, San Jose had to rely on the shootout to beat the host Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Tuesday night 4-3. Evander Kane scored a tying goal in the last minute of regulation to get the Sharks to bonus hockey. While the Sharks will take the win, they're also carrying their opponents by allowing them to record standings points. San Jose has allowed all but one opponent to record a point or more against them this season.

The Sharks got off to the start they wanted on the road, scoring a pair of 1st period goals, then clamping down defensively.

Timo Meier staked the Sharks to an early 1-0 lead by depositing his 2nd goal of the season just 80 seconds in to the game. Ryan Donato chased down a loose puck in the right corner before sending a backhand pass to the front of the net where Meier was cutting. The Sharks forward drew the puck away from Kings goaltender Calvin Petersen before lifting a backhand chance into a wide open net.

The Sharks dominated the shot counter, putting 12 shots on goal while holding the Kings to a paltry 4 chances.

The 12th shot of the period came with 2:12 left in the frame. That was a Logan Couture slam dunk from outside the right post after the Sharks moved the puck with a series of passes around the perimeter. Patrick Marleau gathered a Nikolai Knyzhov feed opposite Couture then whipped a pass through the slot to the Sharks captain for the easy deposit. That earned Knyzhov his first career point.

The nightmare that is the 2nd period bit the Sharks once again.

The middle period started with the Sharks on the power play after an Austin Strand high-sticking infraction carried over. San Jose failed to convert, then allowed the Kings to cut their lead in half after Anze Kopitar scored at the 7:00 minute mark. The Sharks forgot about the Kings captain, who was sprung on a breakaway after Alex Iafaalo hit him with a long lead pass.

San Jose would do everything in their power to give the period away. Three straight minor penalties culminated with a careless too many men infraction that led to a tying second goal for Los Angeles.

Dustin Brown converted on the power play with 2:06 remaining in the period, jamming home a chance from just outside the crease, after San Jose failed to clear the puck.

Los Angeles took the 3-2 lead 10:45 into the 3rd period when Brown snapped an Iafallo feed from the right side after the Kings rushed up the ice. Iafallo circled around the back of the Sharks net from the left side, finding Brown on the right side for the snap shot to beat Martin Jones. Radim Simek didn't help matters by losing Brown on his way to the Sharks net.

With time running out in regulation, the Sharks were forced to pull Jones late for the extra attacker. The move paid off when Kane converted after a wild scrum formed in front of Petersen. The Sharks forward had a pair of hacks at the puck before stuffing it home.

In the shootout, Jones made a pair of decent saves, and got some help from the post when Lias Andersson missed by inches with a shot to the left side. Couture provided the Sharks with a key lone goal in the shootout, beating Petersen with a shot that lifted just under the crossbar.

Game Notes:

* Patrick Marleau plays in his 1734th game, taking sole possession of 3rd place on the NHL's all-time games played list. Marleau moved past Jaromir Jagr. With his assist on Couture's goal, Marleau passed Mike Gartner for 80th on the all-time assist list (assist 628).

* Brent Burns, Logan Couture and Evander Kane combined for 18 of the Sharks 39 shots. Burns led all skaters with 7 shots on goal.

* Nikolai Knyzhov continues to come into his own defensively for the Sharks. The rookie was a +1, and recorded his first career NHL point on Logan Couture's goal. Knyzhov added a pair of hits as he develops more of a physical presence on the ice.

* Ryan Donato played one of the better games of his brief tenure in San Jose. The new Sharks forward was all over the ice, and was consistently sniffing out the puck all night.

* Martin Jones finished the game with 24 saves to earn his 5th win of the season. Jones stop on Gabriel Vilardi in the shootout saved the game for San Jose.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
SJ 2 0 1 0 1 4
LA 0 2 1 0 0 3
1st period - 1, SJ, Meier 2 (Donato, Simek), 1:20. 2, SJ, Couture 6 (Marleau, Knyzhov), 17:48.
2nd period - 3, LA, Kopitar 3 (Iafallo, Brown), 7:00. 4, LA, Brown 5 (Kempe, Doughty), 17:54, (pp).
3rd period - 5, LA, Brown 6 (Iafallo), 10:45. 6, SJ, Kane (Couture), 19:15.
Overtime - None.
Shootout- LA: Kopitar (miss), Anderssen (miss), Vilardi (miss). SJ: Donato (miss), Couture (goal).
1st period - Labanc, SJ (high sticking), 13:31; Strand, LA (high sticking), 19:35.
2nd period - Meier, SJ (high sticking), 7:07; Nieto, SJ (hooking), 14:23; Bench, SJ (too many men), 17:37.
3rd period - Grundstrom, LA (high sticking), 4:30.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 27 24
LA - Petersen 39 36
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 12 9 11 7 39
LA 4 12 10 1 27
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 2
LA 1 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Staples Center - attendance unavailable
Referees: Walsh, Kozari. Linesmen: Gibbons, Marquis.

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