Kings See Win Streak Snapped With Loss In San Jose

The Kings are 4-4-0 on the road this season.

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Kings Lose 6-3 In San Jose, End Win Streak At Six

San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Patrick Marleau had a goal and two assists while Dany Heatley and Joe Pavelski contributed a goal and a helper each in San Jose's 6-3 decision over Los Angeles at HP Pavilion. Ryane Clowe, Torrey Mitchell and Scott Nichol also scored for the Sharks, who have won three in a row and four of five.

Antero Niittymaki made 32 saves to earn the victory for San Jose, which improved to 6-2-2 on home ice. Ryan Smyth, Jarret Stoll and Scott Parse scored for the Kings, who had a six- game win streak snapped. Jonathan Bernier made 28 saves in the defeat for Los Angeles, which had claimed three of its previous four road contests.

LA got the scoring started with Parse's backhander at the 16:33 mark before Clowe's snap shot tied the game with 1:55 remaining in the stanza. Mitchell's backhander put the hosts on top for good with 40 seconds to go in the period. Nichol's turn around shot in the slot made it 3-1 just past the midway point of the second period before things got interesting and confusing.

Smyth knocked in a shot that caromed off the back boards that was stopped on the goal line and not initially ruled a goal. Play continued as the Sharks cleared the puck from the net up ice to Mitchell, who scored on a breakaway to temporarily make it 4-1.

However, after the play was reviewed, Smyth was given credit for a goal that trimmed the lead to 3-2 and wiped out the Mitchell tally. San Jose did notch its fourth goal on the power play 2:39 into the final session when Dan Boyle ripped a slap shot from the mid point that caromed off the end boards to the slot from where Marleau wristed it home past Bernier.

The Kings cut the lead back to one when Stoll tipped in a Rob Scuderi shot from the left point with under 13 minutes remaining. The Sharks restored their two-goal cushion just 43 seconds later when Heatley wristed a shot from between the circles through a Marleau screen past Bernier.

Justin Williams appeared to have drawn the visitors back to within one with 11 1/2 minutes to go but the whistle blew the puck dead before it crossed the goal line. Pavelski's power play tally capped the scoring with 3:52 left in the game.

Niittymaki is 2-0-2 in four career meetings with the Sharks...Marleau has 30 goals and 65 points in 73 career games against LA...Justin Williams of the Kings picked up an assist to record a point in a career-best 10th straight game...Stoll has 99 career goals and has scored a point in seven consecutive matches...Bernier faced San Jose for the first time in his career.

For more Kings news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Jewels From The Crown.


Kings Face Sharks In San Jose Seeking Seventh Straight Win

(Sports Network) - Off to their best home start in club history, the Los Angeles Kings now play five of their next six on the road. They open that stretch against the San Jose Sharks, who have been playing pretty well in their own venue as of late too.

The Kings seek a seventh straight victory overall this evening while the Sharks wrap a five-game homestand at HP Pavilion.

Los Angeles leads the Western Conference in wins and points, while its 12-3-0 mark is the club's best start in team history through 15 games. The Kings picked up win No. 12 on Saturday, a 5-1 victory over the New York Islanders that gave Los Angeles an 8-0-0 mark at home this season.

Anze Kopitar scored twice and had an assist, Dustin Brown scored in his third straight game with a penalty-shot goal and Justin Williams also lit the lamp to give him six goals and 11 points over a nine-game point streak.

"By no means it was an easy game," Kopitar said. "Maybe the score shows it that way, but they battled hard, and they have some skill players you have to be aware of at all times. I thought it was a good team game tonight."

Jonathan Quick won his seventh straight start with 18 saves. His 10-1-0 mark to begin the season is the best in club history after 11 decisions, besting Robb Stauber's 9-1-1 beginning to the 1992-93 season.

Los Angeles has outscored its opponents 21-6 over its current win streak, the team's longest since a nine-game run from Jan. 21-Feb. 6, and will try to carry over its solid home play to the road, where it is 4-3-0 this season.

The Kings won two of three in San Jose last year, but split six overall meetings and have lost eight of their last 12 to the Sharks.

San Jose, meanwhile, is 3-0-1 on its five-game homestand and picked up its second straight victory on Saturday over Calgary, 4-3.

Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski, and Ryane Clowe each registered a goal and two assists, while Joe Thornton also scored. For Pavelski, it was his first goal in nine games.

"Any time you get two points, it's a good thing," Thornton told San Jose's website. "I think we've been playing better. It also helps being at home for so many games like we have been. We're winning some games and using the home ice to our advantage."

Making just his second start since Oct. 24, Antti Niemi made 28 saves to earn his first victory since his Sharks debut on Oct. 8.

It is unknown if Niemi will get another start tonight or if Antero Niittymaki will be back in goal. Niemi has won all three of his starts versus the Kings with a 1.32 goals-against average, while Niittymaki is 1-0-2 against them with a 1.58 GAA.

Quick is 3-1-1 with a 2.95 GAA in his career versus San Jose, while Williams has just one goal and three assists in 10 career games when facing the club.

For more Kings news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Jewels From The Crown.

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