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Kings end skid, snap Sharks' winning streak

Tuesday, 01.28.2014 / 1:37 AM

SAN JOSE -- One goal was enough Monday night for Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings against the San Jose Sharks.

Anze Kopitar scored at 17:56 of the second period, and Quick made 21 saves for his third shutout of the season to lead the Kings to a 1-0 victory at SAP Center. Quick recorded his third career shutout against San Jose.

Sharks backup goaltender Alex Stalock made 22 saves and extended his shutout streak to 178 minutes and 55 seconds before Kopitar scored, setting a franchise record. Stalock broke Evgeni Nabokov's mark of 170:58 set in January 2009.

The Kings ended their five-game winless skid and snapped San Jose's six-game winning streak.

Los Angeles also ended San Jose's streak of seven straight regular-season wins at SAP Center in the series. Counting the postseason, Los Angeles had a 10-game winless skid at San Jose. The Kings won a regular-season game at San Jose for the first time since Dec. 27, 2010. They had their first win at San Jose since Game 4 of a Western Conference Quarterfinal series on April 23, 2011.

After a scoreless first period, Kopitar gave the Kings a 1-0 lead with his 15th goal of the season.

Jeff Carter sent a pass from the right wing toward Kopitar in the low slot. A diving Brent Burns got his stick on the puck, but it deflected ahead to Kopitar, and he beat Stalock from close range to his stick side.

The Kings, who were blanked 3-0 by the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, had gone 154:43 without a goal before Kopitar scored against the Sharks.

Los Angeles went on a four-minute power play at 11:08 of the third after San Jose's Joe Pavelski went to the box for high-sticking Kopitar and drawing blood. The shorthanded Sharks nearly pulled even, but Quick stopped Tommy Wingels backhand from just left of the crease with under seven minutes left.

After San Jose pulled its goaltender, Quick stopped Dan Boyle's shot from the low slot just before the horn, securing the victory.

The Kings went 0-for-5 on the power play, extending their drought to 0-for-16. San Jose went 0-for-3 with the man advantage.

The Sharks had only nine shots through two periods to 13 for Los Angeles, but finished with a 23-21 edge in a defensive battle.

Stalock had shutouts in his previous two starts against the Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets and a shutout streak of 140:59. Before his first two career shutouts, he made 35 saves in a 3-2 shootout victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 5. His streak began after Chicago's Michal Rozsival scored at 4:01 of the third period.

San Jose and Los Angeles met for the first time since Dec. 19 at Staples Center when Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl suffered a potential season-ending knee injury in a collision with Kings captain Dustin Brown. Brown received a major penalty for kneeing and a game misconduct, but no supplemental discipline from the NHL. Hertl, who has 15 goals and 25 points in 35 games, underwent surgery.

Sharks fans booed Brown whenever he touched the puck, but San Jose seemed more intent on trying to get a win than payback.

The Kings outshot San Jose 8-4 in a scoreless first period and Stalock made a handful of tough saves. He snared a shot by Kopitar from the left circle with 4:52 left in the period and another Kopitar blast from the slot later in the period. Then just before the horn, Stalock rejected Mike Richards' shot from close range.

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