NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at San Jose
(Wednesday, December 9th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 5, San Jose 4 (OT)
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Dustin Brown scored 1:16 into overtime, as the Los Angeles Kings pulled out a 5-4 victory over the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion.
Brown also added an assist for the Kings, who have won five of six overall and snapped a five-game losing streak in San Jose. Los Angeles got the victory despite blowing a 4-2 lead, a similar plot to the teams' contest on October 6.
In that game, the Kings blew a four-goal lead before eventually winning, 6-4.
Drew Doughty also had a goal and an assist for LA, while Erik Ersberg made 30 saves.
Patrick Marleau recorded his 20th goal of the season for San Jose, which has dropped three in a row. Evgeni Nabokov allowed five goals on 28 shots in the setback.
"I thought we were pretty sloppy tonight," Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle said. "I think we made some mental mistakes defensively. Usually four goals is pretty good to win hockey games."
The Sharks entered the third period down by a goal, and got the equalizer with 7:41 to play. Manny Malhotra got the puck across the blue line in the middle of the ice, and ripped a wrist shot inside the right post over Ersberg's glove, making it 4-4.
San Jose continued to pressure down the stretch, and play stopped with 4:23 left after the Sharks had an opportunity to stuff the puck past Ersberg. The disc actually crossed the goal line as the goaltender fell backward, but the referee blew the whistle and signaled no goal, and play resumed.
The game progressed to overtime, and an errant Sharks pass went to the neutral zone, where Brown picked it up. He raced up the ice and was stopped by a defender in the right circle before sliding to the slot. There, he squared up and got a shot between Nabokov's pads to end the game.
"I just cut to the middle, had it on my backhand," Brown said. "I just spun and shot. Obviously it wasn't the hardest shot, but I think I got him when he was moving."
The goal snapped a 14-game goalless drought for Brown.
Teddy Purcell got the Kings on the scoreboard with a power-play marker 6:12 into the game, but the Sharks tied the game on Joe Pavelski's wrister at 11:22, then went ahead with Marleau's power-play wrister with 37 seconds left in the opening period.
Jarret Stoll tipped in a Jack Johnson blast 1:32 into the middle frame, and Anze Kopitar scored on the man advantage four minutes later. Doughty's goal at 8:32 made it 4-2, and four minutes later Boyle got San Jose within one.
Johnson had two assists for the Kings, while Ryane Clowe and Joe Thornton each had two helpers for the Sharks...LA hosts Phoenix on Thursday...San Jose is 1-1-2 so far on its five-game homestand, which concludes Friday against Dallas.
12/10 02:42:52 ET