Los Angeles 5, San Jose 2

Saturday, March 16, 2013 10:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
San Jose 12-9-3-3 8-1-1-3 4-8-2-0 L1
Los Angeles 15-10-1-1 10-2-0-1 5-8-1-0 W1


Kings 5, Sharks 2: Kyle Clifford recorded his first career two-goal performance as host Los Angeles earned a split of its home-and-home series against San Jose.

Jarret Stoll had a goal and an assist, Justin Williams and Dwight King also scored and Jonathan Bernier made 20 saves for the Kings, who dropped a 4-3 decision at San Jose on Thursday.

Patrick Marleau and defenseman Matt Irwin tallied for the Sharks, who have won only once in six games (1-3-2). Alex Stalock made five saves in relief of Antti Niemi, who allowed four goals on 18 shots in the opener of San Jose's five-game road trip.

Clifford opened the scoring 2:27 into the game when he swept the puck between Niemi's pads from the right faceoff circle. Entering with two goals, Clifford doubled his total with 6:15 remaining in the second period as he poked in the rebound of Dustin Penner's breakaway chance for a 4-1 lead.

King beat Stalock with a shot from the top of the left circle with 64 seconds left in the period to send Los Angeles into the second intermission with a four-goal advantage. The Sharks, who registered only seven shots in the third, cut the deficit to three when Irwin ripped a slap shot past Bernier during a power play with 50 seconds to play.

Trailing 2-1, San Jose had a chance to tie the game eight minutes into the second session as Tommy Wingels was awarded a penalty shot. Bernier preserved the lead by making a glove save, and the Kings scored three times later in the period to gain control.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Sharks captain Joe Thornton recorded his 776th career assist, which tied him with Jean Ratelle for 35th place on the all-time list. ... D-turned-F Brent Burns set up both San Jose goals. He has notched two goals and three assists in three games as a forward since returning from a lower-body injury. ... Los Angeles C Tyler Toffoli made his NHL debut, registering one shot on goal and blocking another. Toffoli was the reason the Sharks received a penalty shot as he chopped and broke the stick of Wingels, who was racing in on a breakaway. ... King has scored in consecutive games after tallying just once in his first 24 contests this season. ... Clifford ended a 14-game drought with his first goal. He hadn't tallied since Feb. 15 against Columbus. ... San Jose has scored fewer than three goals in 15 of its last 17 games.

Top Game Performances

San Jose   Los Angeles
Brent Burns 2 Points Kyle Clifford 2
Matt Irwin 1 Goals Kyle Clifford 2
Brent Burns 2 Assists Trevor Lewis 2
Matt Irwin 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Alex Stalock .833 Save Percentage Jonathan Bernier .909
Antti Niemi 14 Saves Jonathan Bernier 20

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
San Jose 22 2 1-2 1-1 7 29
Los Angeles 24 5 0-1 1-2 9 26

Upcoming Games

  • Los Angeles will play its next game at home against Arizona. The Kings have a W/L % of .571 after a win and .583 after a loss.
  • San Jose will play its next game on the road against Anaheim. The Sharks have a W/L % of .583 after a win and .286 after a loss.
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