NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Los Angeles
(Saturday, January 21st)
Final Score: San Jose 4, Los Angeles 3 (OT)
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Patrick Marleau scored with nine seconds remaining in overtime as San Jose rallied for a 4-3 victory over Los Angeles at the Staples Center.
Marleau assisted on two other Shark goals, including Joe Thornton's tally with 28.2 seconds left in regulation which sent the game into extra minutes.
Grant Stevenson also finished with a goal and two helpers for San Jose, which rebounded from Thursday's 3-2 shootout defeat to Edmonton.
Mathieu Garon made 29 saves while Joe Corvo had a goal and an assist in the loss, the Kings' third in four outings.
Marleau, who had hit the crossbar with around a minute to go in overtime, lifted a rebound of his in-close attempt over Garon's right shoulder with the clock winding down to complete San Jose's comeback. Thornton set up the play with a pinpoint pass through the Los Angeles defense.
"I just saw the pass Joe made to Patrick on TV," said Sharks head coach Ron Wilson afterward. "It was an unbelievable pass."
The Sharks appeared to be buried in the waning stages of the third period, but took advantage of a Los Angeles giveaway to knot the score at 3-3.
With goaltender Evgeni Nabokov pulled, the Kings failed to clear the puck in their own zone and Marleau corralled it before quickly feeding Stevenson, who was all alone with Thornton in front of the goal. Stevenson then slid the puck across the crease for an easy tap-in by Thornton.
"We stuck with our game plan and got the result," said Nabokov of the win.
Corvo's one-timer off a Nathan Dempsey give with the Kings on the power play staked Los Angeles to a 3-2 edge with under eight minutes to play.
The Kings quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead, scoring twice within a 29-second span early in the first period.
Jeff Cowan started things off with a highlight-reel play with 2:48 elapsed following the opening whistle. After Luc Robitaille sent a pass over to the right of the goal, Cowan whacked at the puck while falling down and being checked closely by the Sharks' Doug Murray, lifting it over Nabokov and into the net.
George Parros jammed home the carom of Corvo's blast from the left point shortly afterward for the two-goal margin.
The Sharks drew even before the close of the period by converting two straight power-play chances.
Stevenson re-directed Marleau's slap shot past Garon near the midway point of the session, and Jonathan Cheechoo lit the lamp on a wrister with 1:22 left to make it a 2-2 game.
"Our power play was clicking tonight," Wilson remarked.
San Jose had a brief 5-on-3 but couldn't convert during an otherwise uneventful second period.
Nabokov recorded 15 saves for San Jose.
San Jose is 8-1-1 (one loss, one tie) in its last 10 meetings with Los Angeles and has won three of the four games played between the clubs this year...Cheechoo extended his point streak to 11 games and has 10 goals and eight assists during that stretch...The Sharks improved to 5-6 in overtime games while the Kings fell to 5-3 in such contests.
01/22 01:28:01 ET