NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at San Jose
(Monday, April 17th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 4, San Jose 0
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Jason LaBarbera made 31 saves and recorded his first-career shutout, as the Los Angeles Kings blanked the San Jose Sharks, 4-0, in the final game of the regular season for both clubs, as well as Luc Robitaille's last game in the NHL.
Robitaille announced last week that this will be his final NHL campaign. The future Hall of Famer has 668 goals and 1,394 points during his 19-year career.
"It really hit me in the morning skate (on his final game)," said Robitaille. "It was lot of fun to play this one.
"This is the game I have to get ready, and half way through the morning skate, I realized it was my last one and thought about it.
"Tonight I knew during the game it was it, and it was lot of fun to play this one."
Pavol Demitra, Mike Cammalleri and Mattias Norstrom each posted a goal and an assist for the Kings, who closed out the season with two straight wins.
Jeremy Roenick added two helpers in the victory.
Evgeni Nabokov allowed four goals on 29 shots for the Sharks, who saw an eight-game winning streak come to an end. As the fifth seed in the Western Conference, San Jose will face No. 4 Nashville in the first round of the playoffs.
Demitra tallied a shorthanded goal for the Kings after grabbing a loose puck in the high slot and quickly firing it through Nabokov's five hole for a 1-0 lead at 15:42 of the opening period.
Los Angeles went up 2-0 on a power-play goal by Mark Parrish 7:19 into the second stanza. From the right corner, Demitra centered the puck to Parrish in front and before being dumped from behind, he backhanded the disc past Nabokov.
Cammalleri's wrister from the slot hit off Nabokov's glove and into the back of the net just 1:20 into the final frame to give Los Angeles a 3-0 lead.
Norstrom added a power-play goal with less than five minutes to go in the contest to give the Kings a 4-0 lead.
LaBarbera was busy in the third period as the San Jose Sharks fired 16 shots at him.
Los Angeles finished the regular season with a record of 42-35-5...Demitra posted 25 goals and 37 assists on the campaign...San Jose won the season series 6-2 against the Kings and are 11-2-1 (2 losses, 1 tie) in the last 14 match ups overall...The Sharks finished the regular season with a 44-27-11 record ...LA defenseman Tim Gleason left the game with a back injury in the first period and did not return...Norstrom's goal was his first in 29 games...Joe Thornton and Jonathan Cheechoo of the Sharks were named co- offensive players of the week in the NHL on Monday.
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