NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at San Jose
(Saturday, January 7th)
Final Score: San Jose 3, Los Angeles 2
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Scott Thornton scored two goals, including the eventual game-winning tally in the second period, as the San Jose Sharks edged the Los Angeles Kings, 3-2, at HP Pavilion.
Patrick Marleau also scored for the Sharks and Joe Thornton picked up his 44th assist of the season.
Evgeni Nabokov made 27 saves as San Jose has now won three straight games.
"I give them all the credit in the world," said San Jose head coach Ron Wilson. "With all the injuries they have they really competed hard and make you fight for every inch on the ice and fortunately we did. That was a very tough game."
Lubomir Visnovsky netted a goal and added an assist for the Kings, who saw a three-game winning streak come to an end. Mathieu Garon allowed three goals on 25 shots in defeat.
The Kings drew first blood with Visnovsky scoring a power-play goal midway through the opening period on a slapshot from the right point that sailed over Nabokov's right shoulder.
Less than a minute later, in front of the net, Sean Avery batted a rebound out of midair over Nabokov's glove for a 2-0 Los Angeles lead.
The Sharks answered by scoring the game's next three goals en route to victory.
"They have a great offense and we knew that they were going to come hard even when we were leading by two," said Garon. "We knew the game was not over because they've got such a great attack and that's what they did. They were trying to score and they had a couple of good scoring chances and they buried them."
With 4:49 remaining until the first intermission, San Jose got on the board with Scott Thornton finding a loose puck in front and firing it over a sprawled out Garon for his seventh tally of the season.
Midway through the second stanza, the Sharks tied things up at 2-2 with Marleau netting a power-play tally. From behind the net, Jonathan Cheechoo dished the puck to Marleau at the bottom of the left circle and he one-timed the disc through the legs of Garon.
The Sharks went up 3-2 after Thornton drilled a slapshot from the high slot that sailed high, stick side past Garon at 15:39 of the second, for his second goal of the game.
Los Angeles was unable to net the equalizer as Nabokov turned aside 17 shots over the last two periods.
San Jose is now 7-1-1 (1 loss, 1 tie) in the last nine meetings in the series...Nils Ekman of the Sharks saw his five-game point streak come to an end...San Jose defenseman Josh Gorges notched his first NHL point with an assist on Thornton's second goal...Sharks' left wing Josh Langfeld left the game in the second period after blocking a shot and did not return...Craig Conroy picked up an assist for the Kings and has an eight-game point streak...LA has dropped seven in a row at the Shark Tank.
01/08 02:07:56 ET