San Jose 6, Los Angeles 5

Boxscore | Recap
Thursday, April 5, 2012 10:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
San Jose 42-29-5-5 25-12-2-1 17-17-3-4 W3
Los Angeles 40-27-5-9 22-14-0-5 18-13-5-4 L1

Recap


SHARKS 6, KINGS 5 (SO):
Joe Pavelski scored the lone goal in the shootout as San Jose pulled even in points with Los Angeles atop the Pacific Division.

Both teams clinched a playoff berth before the game was decided when Dallas lost in Nashville.

Captain Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Ryane Clowe each had a goal and an assist, Jason Demers and Martin Havlat also tallied and Antti Niemi made 31 saves for the Sharks, who are seeking their fifth straight division title. The teams conclude the regular season in San Jose on Saturday.

Justin Williams scored twice, captain Dustin Brown and defenseman Alec Martinez added a goal and an assist apiece and Anze Kopitar and blue-liner Willie Mitchell each collected three assists for the Kings, who were 4 for 7 on the power play while allowing three man-advantage tallies.

Pavelski gave San Jose the edge when he beat Jonathan Quick high to the glove side in the second round of the shootout. Niemi then denied Kopitar, giving the Sharks their sixth win in eight games.

Los Angeles built a 3-1 lead on power-play goals by Martinez and Jarret Stoll as well as an even-strength tally by Brown. San Jose drew even as Thornton cashed in during a man advantage with 28 seconds remaining in the second period and Clowe converted a partial breakaway 70 seconds into the third.

The teams proceeded to make each other pay for committing penalties.

Williams and Marleau scored 61 seconds apart before Havlat gave the Sharks their first lead of the night with 7:23 left. Williams converted a 5-on-3 opportunity with 3 1/2 minutes to go, again tying the contest while completing his third two-goal performance of the season.

GAME NOTEBOOK
: Clowe had an eventful evening, participating in a pair of fights while touching the puck with his stick while on the bench late in the third to stall a rush by the Kings. The officials did not witness the illegal move, which went unpunished. ... Kopitar has collected 11 points during his five-game streak. ... Stoll's goal was his first since Jan. 9, ending a 33-game drought. ... Marleau scored for just the second time in 15 contests.

Top Game Performances

San Jose   Los Angeles
Ryane Clowe 2 Points Anze Kopitar 3
Ryane Clowe 1 Goals Justin Williams 2
Ryane Clowe 1 Assists Anze Kopitar 3
Patrick Marleau 1 Power Play Goals Justin Williams 2
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Antti Niemi .861 Save Percentage Jonathan Quick .839
Antti Niemi 31 Saves Jonathan Quick 26

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
San Jose 31 6 3-6 3-7 31 31
Los Angeles 36 5 4-7 3-6 32 36

Upcoming Games

  • Los Angeles will play their next game on the road against Los Angeles . The Kings have a W/L % of .425 after a win and .561 after a loss.
  • San Jose will play their next game at home against Los Angeles . The Sharks have a W/L % of .537 after a win and .500 after a loss.
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