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Sharks 2, Kings 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:50 AM

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Sharks 2, Kings 1
San Jose Sharks 2, Los Angeles Kings 1

Sharks Squeeze Past Kings, 2-1 in L.A.

LOS ANGELES -- Despite a last minute charge by the Los Angeles Kings (28-40-6), the San Jose Sharks (43-21-9) extended their road-winning streak to nine games behind a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The Kings made things interesting with 4:47 remaining in regulation when Lubomir Visnovsky pulled Los Angeles within one after trailing throughout the game. A turnover in the San Jose end left the Sharks scrambling and Visnovsky capitalized with a slap shot from the point that beat Sharks goaltender Brian Boucher high on the glove side to make it 2-1.

Visnovsky’s goal was the first this season allowed by Boucher who was less than five minutes away from recording back-to-back shutouts in his only two appearances this season. Boucher’s last start was on March 1, a 2-0 shutout win in St. Louis against the Blues.

Kings forward Mike Cammalleri had a golden chance to force overtime with 13 seconds remaining when he split the Sharks defense and broke in on Boucher, but the veteran netminder challenged Cammalleri and forced the shot high and wide.

Boucher made 29 saves in the victory, improving to 2-0-0 on the season with a 0.50 goals-against average and a 0.981 save percentage.

The Sharks were in control for nearly the entire game, opening the first period with a pair of scoring chances in the Kings end before finally getting on the scoreboard.

Milan Michalek nearly beat Los Angeles netminder Dan Cloutier on a one-timer five minutes into the game, then moments later Joe Pavelski rang a shot off the post, but Cloutier stood tall in net and kept the game scoreless.

Boucher again looked calm in net making key save after key save following a pair of defensive zone turnovers by the Sharks. Boucher’s best stop of the opening frame came with 6:35 to go in the period when Cammalleri and linemate Derek Armstrong broke in on a two-on-one. Cammalleri, bothered by an active stick from Kyle McLaren, moved the puck to Armstrong but Boucher was there for the save.

Following a Mike Grier penalty for delay of game (shooting the puck out of play), the Kings were whistled for back-to-back minors sending San Jose on the power play in the late stages of the first. And the Sharks wasted no time while on the man advantage, converting and taking the 1-0 lead with 2:51 left in the opening frame.

Captain Patrick Marleau moved the puck down low to Joe Thornton who set up behind the goal line. Thornton then moved the puck into the slot to Pavelski who directed the puck towards the net. While Cloutier crept out to the edge of his crease to challenge Pavelski, the puck deflected right back to Thornton who buried it in the wide-open net for the power play goal.

Sharks forward Joe Pavelski tries to maneuver the puck around Kings players Anze Kopitar and Tom Preissing during the first period on Tuesday, March 18, 2008. (AP Photo/Francis Specker)
Though the teams matched one another shot for shot with 13 each, the Sharks took the 1-0 lead into the locker room after one period of play.

Just over two minutes into the second frame, McLaren was whistled for boarding, sending the Kings on their second power play of the night. But the League’s No.1 road penalty killing team stalled the League’s No. 3 home power play team.

A pair of questionable goaltender inference calls, first on Torrey Mitchell then on Devin Setoguchi with 12:05 and 8:16 to play respectively, sent Los Angeles back on the power play. The Kings threatened with a handful of quality scoring chances while on the power play, but Boucher made the first save in each instance and the Sharks defense cleared any rebounds keeping it a 1-0 margin.

With 3:37 to play in the second, a textbook give and go between Mitchell and Patrick Rissmiller pushed the San Jose lead to 2-0. Along with Grier, Rissmiller and Mitchell pushed the pace through the neutral zone and as the three linemates attacked the Los Angeles end on a 3-on-2.

Rissmiller moved the puck to Mitchell, then charged through is lane towards the net. Mitchell’s return feed hit Rissmiller on the tape as the forward fired a backhand shot. Cloutier made the initial save, but Rissmiller collected his own rebound on his forehand and picked the far side of the net with his shot for the 2-0 lead.

Rissmiller, who is arguably playing the best hockey of his four-year NHL career, set a new career-high in goals with eight.

Michalek – Thornton – Cheechoo
Marleau – Pavelski – Setoguchi
Rissmiller – Mitchell – Grier
Shelley – Goc – Plihal

Murray – Campbell
Ehrhoff – Vlasic
McLaren – Rivet

Boucher – Nabokov

The Sharks return to HP Pavilion on Wednesday night to face the Northwest Division-leading Minnesota Wild for the second half of their back-to-back games. The game is set for 7:30 PM (Pacific) and will be broadcast on FSN Bay Area in HD, KFOX 98.5 FM, Sharks Radio Network Affiliates and

From the AP Wire

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Kings became the latest piece of road kill for the San Jose Sharks.

Brian Boucher stopped 29 shots for his second victory in two starts with the Pacific Division leaders, who won their ninth straight away from home and got goals from Joe Thornton and Patrick Rismiller in a 2-1 victory over the cellar-dwelling Kings on Tuesday night.

Boucher, who spent most of this season with the AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms before signing with San Jose as a free agent on Feb. 26, beat St. Louis 2-0 on March 1 in his only other start with the Sharks. Evgeni Nabokov has started in net for all but three games for them this season, and will be back between the pipes Wednesday night against Minnesota.

Los Angeles Kings' Peter Harrold, bottom, falls onto the ice trying to advance the puck against San Jose Sharks' Jody Shelley (45) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 18, 2008. The Sharks won 2-1.(AP Photo/Francis Specker)

"These back-to-back games, with the travel that we've had, it's huge to have the confidence that we have in Boosh," said coach Ron Wilson, whose team was outshot 10-1 in the third period. "He did a great job, especially at the end."

Boucher, who had five consecutive shutouts with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2003-04, was 4:47 away from his 15th career shutout when Lubomir Visnovsky used Milan Michalek as a screen and beat the goalie high to the glove side with a slap shot from the top of the left circle.

The Kings nearly tied it, but Boucher got a piece of Michael Cammalleri's short wrist shot with 9 seconds remaining after the Kings' forward carried the puck down the slot and made a sensational move to get past defenseman Brian Campbell.

"You just take it day-by-day, work hard in practice and try your best to stay sharp so that when you get the call, you know you put the work in and left nothing to chance," Boucher said.

In a matchup between the NHL's second-worst power play and the league's second-best penalty-killing unit, the Kings were 0-for-4 with the man advantage. The Sharks were penalized twice for goaltender interference in a 3:49 span of the second period, with Patrick Mitchell and Devin Setoguchi taking turns in the penalty box after jostling Dan Cloutier.

"There were a couple of nefarious penalties tonight - Cloutier did a great job of drawing a couple of penalties that weren't. But we did a good job of killing them off," Wilson said.

Cloutier felt both penalties were warranted.

"They're the type of team that shoots the puck and crashes for rebounds," he said. "I expected them to be in my crease and on top of me. That's why they're such a successful team. After a while, I stuck up for myself. I've done that throughout my career. It doesn't get me off my game, it just gets me involved."

Los Angeles is at the bottom of the NHL standings with 62 points, four behind Tampa Bay with eight games left - although the Lightning have two games in hand. The only time the Kings finished a season with the league's worst record was in 1969-70. They ended up last in their division six times, most recently in 1998-99.

Thornton opened the scoring at 17:09 of the first period while Matt Ellis was off for hooking Patrick Marleau, and reached the 20-goal mark for the eighth straight season.

San Jose Sharks' Jonathan Cheechoo, left, sticks out his tongue after losing his helmet and checked into the boards by Los Angeles King's Kyle Calder during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 18, 2008. The Sharks won 2-1.(AP Photo/Francis Specker)

"Our power play has been struggling a little bit lately, so it was nice to get one in the first period," Thornton said.

Rissmiller made it 2-0 at 16:23 of the second period, converting his own rebound to end a 16-game goal drought. He is one of 16 different players to score goals during this 13-game surge that had put them within five points of Detroit for the NHL's best overall record.

"It's just kind of the nature of our team," Rissmiller said. "You can't rely on the top two lines all the time, so it's nice when you get a couple of other guys chipping in. That's what makes team's successful, and I think that's helped us in our run here."

The Sharks, whose franchise-record 11-game winning streak ended with Sunday's 2-1 shootout loss at home against Edmonton, improved to a league-best 26-8-3 on the road - including all three appearances at Staples Center. They are one victory shy of the club record for consecutive road wins, which they set in December.

Notes: The Kings have scored two goals or less in eight of their last nine games. ... The visiting team has won each of the first six meetings this season. The series is tied at 3-all, with a home-and-home set coming up on April 1-3. ... San Jose was 0-for-2 on the power play. The Kings haven't been short-handed more than four times in 13 consecutive games, and 21 of their last 23. Opposing teams were 1-for-30 on the power play over the previous nine contests. ... Sharks C Jeremy Roenick, who was a healthy scratch, needs one goal to tie Hall of Famer Jean Beliveau for 36th place on the career list at 507.

scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Joe Thornton (20) ASST: Joe Pavelski (15), Patrick Marleau (23)
1 - 0 SJS
2nd Period
Patrick Rissmiller (8) ASST: Torrey Mitchell (10)
2 - 0 SJS
3rd Period
Lubomir Visnovsky (7) ASST: Derek Armstrong (23)
2 - 1 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
Michael Grier  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
Rob Blake  Elbowing against  Christian Ehrhoff
Matt Ellis  Hooking against  Patrick Marleau
2nd Period
Kyle McLaren  Boarding against  Dustin Brown
Torrey Mitchell  Interference on goalkeeper against  Kevin Dallman
Devin Setoguchi  Interference on goalkeeper against  Dan Cloutier
3rd Period
goalie stats
Brian Boucher
Brian Boucher
SA: 30TOI: 59:59
Saves: 29EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .967SH: 0 - 0
Dan Cloutier
Dan Cloutier
SA: 23TOI: 58:48
Saves: 21EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .913SH: 0 - 0
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