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Kahkonen's 44 saves beats Kings
He makes 2 additional stops in the shootout to preserve win
1/22/2024 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks entered play having won consecutive games only three times this season. They expanded that to 4 with a 4-3 shootout victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night at Crypto.com Arena. They have a chance to win 3 games in a row for the first time this season on Tuesday when they head home to take on the New York Rangers. Logan Couture and Fabian Zetterlund scored goals in the shootout to help pace San Jose who also won for the first time in the shootout this season.

Zetterlund started his night with a goal and ended it with a shot that beat David Rittich in the skills competition to give the Sharks their 12th win of the season. He was an all around contributor for San Jose, recording 4 shots on goal, 3 hits, a blocked shot and was 1-for-2 in the faceoff circle.

The young Swede's goal was his 14th of the season. Zetterlund was acquired as part of the Timo Meier trade last spring. Meier has struggled in New Jersey, potting 9 goals this season.

Things started precariously for San Jose, who gave up a 2-0 breakaway chance and a 2-on-1 chance all on the game's first shift. They would defend both hair raising chances, but it was a preview of what was to come.

Kappo Kahkonen was the difference maker early. His 44 saves was one shy of his season high.

An Anthony Duclair tripping penalty setup a Kings power play at 15:14, which seemed to jump start Los Angeles. San Jose killed the penalty, but they would give up 18 shots in the period. Most of those shots came in the final 4 minutes of the period when the Kings seemed to fire at will at Kahkonen. San Jose blocked 9 shots in the period to add to the shooting gallery feel of the opening 20 minutes.

Fabian Zetterlund scored his 14th goal of the season at 7:46 of the 2nd period on a put back chance from the slot. Mike Hoffman fired a shot on Kings goaltender David Rittich on a delayed penalty to Los Angeles. Rittich stopped the initial shot, but the puck kicked out to Zetterlund in between the bottom of the circles.

William Eklund made it a 2-0 Sharks lead at 9:06 when he took a Nico Sturm feed on the rush and snapped a shot that caught the upper right corner of the net. Eklund whipped his attempt from the inside edge of the left circle, beating Rittich for his 8th of the year.

Trevor Moore halved the Sharks lead with 2:54 remaining in the period when he charged the net from the right circle, then lifted a shot over Kahkonen's right shoulder going top shelf himself.

Los Angeles turned up the heat as the period wound down and drew a tripping penalty on Luke Kunin for their trouble. That penalty came at 18:20, with 20 seconds carrying over to the 3rd period.

San Jose killed off the remainder, but their defense failed to keep track of Quinton Byfield who put a one time chance from the doorstep past Kahkonen 93 seconds into the 3rd period. Adrian Kempe carried the puck behind the net then sent a blind feed to a spot 8 feet in front of the Sharks net where Byfield buried it.

Justin Bailey helped San Jose reclaim the lead when he took a lead pass from Ryan Carpenter, then split Vladislov Gavrikov and Brandt Clarke on his way to a breakaway chance that would get past Rittich.

Kahkonen didn't do himself any favors when he launched a puck over the glass with 2:37 left in regulation. The Kings took all of 41 seconds to cash in when Drew Doughty ripped a shot from the point, beating the sharks goaltender for his 11th of the season.

The Kings sent Trevor Moore and Adrian Kempe to face Kahkonen in the shootout, but both were denied. Couture scored his attempt with a strong forehand shot that beat Rittich to the glove side. Zetterlund ended it with a shot that slid home through the 5-hole.

Game Notes:

* Mario Ferraro went into the corner boards awkwardly with 6:45 left in the 2nd period. He could barely get off the ice as he favored his left ankle. He immediately limped to the dressing room and missed the remainder of the period. He tested the ankle right before the 3rd period started, but called it a night.

* William Eklund snapped an 18 game goal drought with his 2nd period goal. Sharks head coach David Quinn has been patient with his rookie forward. The kid paid Quinn back with one of his best performances of the season.

* Kyle Burroughs led the Sharks with 6 hits in the game. He was a physical presence against the Kings who tried to push around younger skaters like William Eklund.

* Speaking of physical, San Jose out-hit the Kings 24-14.

* San Jose play three consecutive games at home, starting Tuesday night against the New York Rangers, who arrived in San Jose on Monday.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
SJ 0 2 1 0 1 4
LA 0 1 2 0 0 3
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, SJ, Fabian 14 (Hofman, Hertl), 7:46. 2, SJ, Eklund 8 (Sturm, Rutta), 9:06. 3, LA, Moore 21 (Fiala), 17:06.
3rd period - 4, LA, Byfield 14 (Kempe, Spence), 1:33. 5, SJ, Bailey 3 (Carpenter), 6:16. 6, LA, Doughty 11 (Fiala, Byfield), 18:02, (pp).
Overtime - None.
Shootout - LA: Moore (miss), Kempe (miss). SJ: Couture (goal), Zetterlund (goal).
1st period - Duclair, SJ (tripping), 15:14.
2nd period - Spence, LA (hooking), 13:13; Kunin, SJ (tripping), 18:20.
3rd period - Kahkonen, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 17:23.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Kahkonen 46 43
LA - Rittich 30 27
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 6 12 10 2 30
LA 18 10 13 5 46
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 1
LA 1 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Ryan Carpenter
Kaapo Kahkonen
Logan Couture
Crypto.com Arena - 18,145
Referees: #39 Brandon Blandina, #15 Jean Hebert. Linesmen: #94 Bryan Pancich, #90 Travis Toomey .

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