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Los Angeles at San Jose

Kings erupt for four in third, Quick shuts out Sharks

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- As soon as the Los Angeles Kings found a way to get one puck past Antti Niemi, they kept knocking more into the net.

Trevor Lewis broke up a scoreless game early in the third period and Jonathan Quick made 24 saves for his fourth shutout this season, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night.

"We had a lot of great chances in the first and second but nothing was going in," said Brad Richardson, who set up the first goal. "We stuck with it and that's always a good thing. Sometimes it can go the other way, you get a lot of chances and they end up scoring. But Quicky was great. We got that first one and kind of went from there."

Dustin Brown scored twice and former San Jose forward Marco Sturm also scored in the third as the Kings broke open a close game to snap a three-game losing streak to San Jose.

The Sharks looked sluggish in their first game following a three-day Christmas break, taking more than 12 minutes to put a single shot on net and eventually having their season-long four-game winning streak snapped. They had few good chances all night, with perhaps the best coming on Patrick Marleau's short-handed breakaway that Quick stopped midway through the third.

"I'm just embarrassed," defenseman Dan Boyle said. "It was a terrible effort. There were a lot of line changes and faceoffs where things could happen. It was just effort. A lot of us took the night off and against a team as good as that, it can't happen."

The Kings were already solidly in control by then, on the way to their ninth win in 12 games. They used another big third period to prolong this run, having outscored the opposition 16-4 in the third during this span.

After being held scoreless on 30 shots through two periods against Niemi, the Kings finally broke through with four goals on seven shots in the third to complete a back-to-back sweep of their California rivals after beating Anaheim at home Sunday.

The first goal was started by Richardson, who had the puck near the boards when Jamie McGinn came in and tried to knock it loose. Richardson came out of a collision with McGinn and Sharks defender Jason Demers and got the puck in front to Lewis, who lifted it over Niemi to make it 1-0.

Just over a minute later, Sturm came skating into the San Jose zone and sent a soft shot on net that trickled through Niemi's pads to make it 2-0. It was Sturm's first goal in four games with the Kings. Brown then added a rebound goal about 3 minutes later.

"We were peppering him all night," Brown said. "He was making some big saves through traffic. When you get that many shots and you're testing a goalie that often, when we got that first goal, maybe it broke his will a little bit."

The prettiest goal was the last one, coming on a 4-on-4 situation. Anze Kopitar, who had three assists, flipped a backhand pass over defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Brown outraced Dany Heatley to the puck and beat Niemi with a backhander to put the game away.

"I've only seen that play connect one time before ever," Kings coach Terry Murray said. "It was a pretty creative move. Actually, just to relieve some pressure it's the right kind of look to make, to get it over the top, the old moon shot, and then you just hope that maybe something happens off of it."

The Kings thoroughly dominated the opening period but were unable to get the puck past Niemi as the game remained scoreless. Niemi stopped Wayne Simmonds in alone in front of the net in the opening minute. He later robbed Brown from in close midway through the period and stopped Justin Williams on a 2-on-1.

Los Angeles had the first 10 shots of the game as the Sharks didn't even get a puck on net until Boyle's shot from inside the point more than 12 minutes into the first period.

Los Angeles had a 15-1 edge in shots at one point before San Jose put some pressure on Quick late in the period. Quick made a tough save against Devin Setoguchi late in the period and then helped kill off a power play that went into the second.

"There has to be a complete turnaround," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "There's nothing from this game we can take and say 'keep doing that.' We were outworked, outhustled, outmuscled and outcommitted. It was pretty obvious one team came to play and another team came to see what would happen. I knew we weren't going to be perfect, but I expected to be a lot more competitive."

Notes

  • Quick has 12 career shutouts.
  • Sharks F Torry Mitchell missed the game with a lower-body injury.
  • Los Angeles F Alexei Ponikarovsky sat out with a lower-body injury.
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Jonathan Quick gets some help from the defensemen in front of him to keep a clean sheet, his fourth this season.  (Getty Images)
Jonathan Quick gets some help from the defensemen in front of him to keep a clean sheet, his fourth this season. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Los Angeles  (22-12-1) «0044
San Jose (19-12-5)0000
Three Stars
J. Quick
LA


Saves: 24
Save Pct.: 1.000
D. Brown
LA


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
A. Kopitar
LA


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
None
3RD PERIOD
02:08 - Trevor Lewis (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Richardson
03:19 - Marco Sturm (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Kopitar, Greene
06:49 - Dustin Brown (15), Wrist Shot. Assist: Doughty, Kopitar
18:00 - Dustin Brown (16), Backhand Shot. Assist: Kopitar, Johnson
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
12:26Clowe, 2 min, Roughing
19:13Williams, 2 min, Slashing
2ND PERIOD
06:48Richardson, 5 min, Fighting
06:48Nichol, 5 min, Fighting
3RD PERIOD
08:36Huskins, 2 min, Tripping
08:57Doughty, 2 min, Slashing
17:22Drewiske, 2 min, Holding
17:32Marleau, 2 min, Interference
Shots On Goal
 123T
LA1614737
SJ681024
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Jonathan Quick60:00240
Antti Niemi59:58334
Game Information
Attendance - 17562
Referees - Wes McCauley, Kevin Pollock
Linesmen - Mike Cvik, Brian Mach
 
Other Games
NYI 2 Final
NYR 7
Min 3 Final
Colu 4
Bos 3 Final
Fla 2
Buf 2 Final
Cal 5
Det 4 Final
OT
Colo 3