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San Jose
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51-26-5
Los Angeles
Kings
27-41-14

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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings

The San Jose Sharks hope a visit to the Staples Center will help them rebound from a difficult loss.

San Jose looks for its fifth win in the last six games at Los Angeles as the Sharks play the Kings on Thursday.

The Sharks (28-15-0) dominated the first period of its 3-2 loss to Edmonton on Wednesday, but only had a three-goal deficit to show for it.

"We just got away from how we played in the first period," said Sharks right wing Jonathan Cheechoo, who has three goals and six points in his last four games. "We were out-shooting them, moving our legs, and we got away from that."

Cheechoo scored 2:41 into the third period to make it 3-2, but Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson made 12 stops in the final 20 minutes to snap San Jose's three-game winning streak. It was Cheechoo's 14th goal of the season and the Sharks 14th on the power play in 26 opportunities (53.8 percent) over the last four games.

San Jose's 58 power-play goals and 25.6 percent conversion rate with the man advantage lead the NHL.

Cheechoo - the league's leading scorer with 56 goals in 2005-06 - has eight goals and four assists in his last seven games at Los Angeles.

Vesa Toskala, who is expected to start in goal for the Sharks, is riding a personal three-game winning streak and has a 1.78 goals-against average in that span. He is 2-2 with a 3.27 GAA in four games against the Kings this season and 5-2 with a 2.63 GAA and one shutout lifetime.

The Sharks are 4-1 in their last five games at the Staples Center, outscoring the Kings 21-11 there in that span.

Los Angeles 16-22-6) failed to win a season-high three consecutive games on Monday when Edmonton's Jan Hejda scored 1:14 into overtime of a 2-1 defeat.

"You don't like to see your team make a big mistake like we made in the overtime," Kings coach Marc Crawford said. "We lost the puck twice and then lost two guys in coverage. When you make that many mistakes on a play, you're going to eventually end up with the puck in the back of your net."

Rookie Konstantin Pushkarev scored his first career goal to tie the game at 1 in the third period and give the Kings at least one point in three consecutive games for just the second time this season. Los Angeles is 2-0-1 entering the final game of its four-game homestand.

Kings goaltender Mathieu Garon made 27 saves Monday and has stopped 89 of 93 shots in starting all three games on the homestand. He is just 1-4-1 with a 4.23 GAA lifetime against the Sharks, who ripped him for seven goals on 26 shots in a 7-3 loss on Nov. 9.

Crawford, though, may opt for backup Barry Brust, who turned aside 34 shots to get his first NHL victory in a 4-2 win over the Sharks on Dec. 14.

2006-2007 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 01 '07 LAK 2 at SJS 6 M. Michalek
Mar 27 '07 LAK 1 at SJS 3 B. Guerin
Jan 11 '07 SJS 5 at LAK 2 P. Marleau
Dec 14 '06 LAK 4 at SJS 2 M. Cammalleri
Dec 12 '06 SJS 3 at LAK 1 J. Pavelski
Nov 22 '06 LAK 3 at SJS 6 P. Marleau
Nov 13 '06 SJS 2 at LAK 4 D. Brown
Nov 09 '06 SJS 7 at LAK 3 J. Cheechoo