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San Jose at Los Angeles

Sharks bounce back, top Kings for ninth road win in a row

CBSSports.com wire reports

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings became the latest piece of road kill for the San Jose Sharks.

Brian Boucher stopped 29 shots for his second victory in two starts with the Pacific Division leaders, who won their ninth in a row away from home and received goals from Joe Thornton and Pat Rismiller in a 2-1 victory over the cellar-dwelling Kings on Tuesday night.

Boucher, who spent most of this season with the AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms before signing with San Jose as a free agent on Feb. 26, beat St. Louis 2-0 on March 1 in his only other start with the Sharks. Evgeni Nabokov has started in net for all but three games for them this season, and will be back between the pipes Wednesday night against Minnesota.

"These back-to-back games, with the travel that we've had, it's huge to have the confidence that we have in Boosh," said coach Ron Wilson, whose team was outshot 10-1 in the third period. "He did a great job, especially at the end."

Boucher, who had five consecutive shutouts with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2003-04, was 4:47 away from his 15th career shutout when Lubomir Visnovsky used Milan Michalek as a screen and beat the goalie high to the glove side with a slap shot from the top of the left circle.

The Kings nearly tied it, but Boucher got a piece of Michael Cammalleri's short wrist shot with nine seconds remaining after the Kings' forward carried the puck down the slot and made a sensational move to get past defenseman Brian Campbell.

"You just take it day by day, work hard in practice and try your best to stay sharp so that when you get the call, you know you put the work in and left nothing to chance," Boucher said.

In a matchup between the NHL's second-worst power play and the league's second-best penalty-killing unit, the Kings were 0-for-4 with the man advantage. The Sharks were penalized twice for goaltender interference in a 3:49 span of the second period, with Torrey Mitchell and Devin Setoguchi taking turns in the penalty box after jostling Dan Cloutier.

"There were a couple of nefarious penalties tonight -- Cloutier did a great job of drawing a couple of penalties that weren't. But we did a good job of killing them off," Wilson said.

Cloutier felt both penalties were warranted.

"They're the type of team that shoots the puck and crashes for rebounds," he said. "I expected them to be in my crease and on top of me. That's why they're such a successful team. After a while, I stuck up for myself. I've done that throughout my career. It doesn't get me off my game, it just gets me involved."

Los Angeles is at the bottom of the NHL standings with 62 points, four behind Tampa Bay with eight games left -- although the Lightning have two games in hand. The only time the Kings finished a season with the league's worst record was in 1969-70. They ended up last in their division six times, most recently in 1998-99.

Thornton opened the scoring at 17:09 of the first period while Matt Ellis was off for hooking Patrick Marleau, and reached the 20-goal mark for the eighth consecutive season.

"Our power play has been struggling a little bit lately, so it was nice to get one in the first period," Thornton said.

Rissmiller made it 2-0 at 16:23 of the second period, converting his own rebound to end a 16-game goal drought. He is one of 16 different players to score goals during this 13-game surge that had put them within five points of Detroit for the NHL's best overall record.

"It's just kind of the nature of our team," Rissmiller said. "You can't rely on the top two lines all the time, so it's nice when you get a couple of other guys chipping in. That's what makes team's successful, and I think that's helped us in our run here."

The Sharks, whose franchise-record 11-game winning streak ended with Sunday's 2-1 shootout loss at home against Edmonton, improved to a league-best 26-8-3 on the road -- including all three appearances at Staples Center. They are one victory shy of the club record for consecutive road wins, which they set in December.


  • The Kings have scored two goals or less in eight of their last nine games.
  • The visiting team has won each of the first six meetings this season. The series is tied at 3-all, with a home-and-home set coming up on April 1-3.
  • San Jose was 1-for-2 on the power play. The Kings haven't been short-handed more than four times in 13 consecutive games, and 21 of their last 23. Opposing teams were 1-for-30 on the power play over the previous nine contests.
  • Sharks C Jeremy Roenick, who was a healthy scratch, needs one goal to tie Hall of Famer Jean Beliveau for 36th place on the career list at 507.
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Brian Boucher misses out on his 15th career shutout by 4:47 in the Sharks' one-goal victory. (Getty Images)
Brian Boucher misses out on his 15th career shutout by 4:47 in the Sharks' one-goal victory. (Getty Images)
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Three Stars
J. Thornton

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
B. Boucher

Saves: 29
Save Pct.: .967
D. Cloutier

Saves: 21
Save Pct.: .913

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Scoring Summary
17:09Power Play - Joe Thornton (20), Wrist Shot. Assist: Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau
16:23Pat Rissmiller (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Torrey Mitchell
15:13Lubomir Visnovsky (7), Slap Shot. Assist: Derek Armstrong
Penalty Summary
13:37Grier, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
14:31Blake, 2 min, Elbowing
16:28Ellis, 2 min, Hooking
02:11McLaren, 2 min, Boarding
07:55Mitchell, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
11:44Setoguchi, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
Shots On Goal
San Jose137323
Los Angeles139830
Brian Boucher59:59291
Dan Cloutier58:48212
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
San Jose1-for-2
Los Angeles0-for-0
Game Information
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Referees - Don Koharski, Rob Shick
Linesmen - Brad Lazarowich, Mark Wheler
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