Kings end San Jose’s eight-game winning streak
SAN JOSE – The Los Angeles Kings got goals from six players in a 6-2 victory over San Jose on Monday night that snapped the Sharks’ season-high eight-game winning streak.
It was the Kings’ third straight win and the Sharks’ first loss since Dec. 12.
Los Angeles scored three goals in the final 4:23 of the first period. Michal Handzus scored and then Oscar Moller and Anze Kopitar added power-play goals in the final 2:31 of the period.
It was the most goals San Jose gave up in a first period this season.
Los Angeles made it 5-0 with two goals 14 seconds apart late in the second period. The Kings went up 6-0 13 seconds into the third period.
Jonathan Quick’s shutout bid was broken up when Douglas Murray scored on a power play with 16:39 left.
Michal Handzus scored the Kings’ first goal after grabbing a rebound from Wayne Simmonds and making a wraparound shot that got past goalie Evgeni Nabokov.
Moller scored his second goal of the season when he was able to make a snap shot from 30 feet that caught Nabokov leaning the wrong way.
After San Jose’s Patrick Marleau was tagged with a throwing the stick penalty immediately after Moller’s goal, the Kings made it 3-0 when Kopitar took advantage of a crowd at the net and ripped a 14-foot wrist shot that skipped by Nabokov for his 17th goal of the season.
Ryan Smyth got his 12th goal on a power play with 3:32 left in the second period and Simmonds added his 10th just 14 seconds later.
Thomas Greiss replaced Nabokov at the start of third period. The new Sharks goalie didn’t fare much better, allowing Scott Parse’s seventh goal just 13 seconds into the period.
The Sharks broke up Jonathan Quick’s shutout bid when defenseman Douglas Murray scored on a power play with 16:39 left. Patrick Marleau scored with 7 minutes to play, his 27th of the season.
San Jose outshot Los Angeles 47-20.
NOTES: Kings D Drew Doughty set a career high with four assists. His previous high was two. … Joe Thornton’s assist on Marleau’s goal was his 900th career point. … Los Angeles D Davis Drewiske left the game in the second period with an upper body injury and did not return. … Los Angeles and San Jose meet twice in the next 14 days. … San Jose LW Jody Shelley played in his 500th career game. … C Jarret Stoll returned to action for the Kings after missing seven games with a sore groin and had an assist on Kopitar’s goal. … Los Angeles coach Terry Murray is 14-5-5 against the Sharks. … The Kings are 10-2-1 against Pacific Division opponents this season.