Los Angeles (36-24-5) at San Jose (30-23-9)

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  • Game info: 10:30 pm EST Mon Mar 13, 2006
  • TV: FSW, CSBA
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The Los Angeles Kings will try to end an eight-game losing streak in San Jose and improve their playoff positioning when they meet the Sharks.

The Kings have been held to one goal or less five times since winning in San Jose on March 18, 2002.

Los Angeles starts play with 77 points. Just six points separate fourth-place Colorado from Anaheim and Edmonton, which are tied for eighth in the Western Conference playoff race.

The Sharks are tied with Minnesota for 10th place with 69 points.

Los Angeles’ last six wins have been one-goal decisions, including a 2-1 shootout victory Saturday over St. Louis.

Luc Robitaille scored the only shootout goal, and Mathieu Garon stopped all three shootout attempts for his 27th win, the most by a Kings goaltender since Felix Potvin had 31 in 2001-02.

Mark Parrish, playing his second game since arriving in a trade last week from the New York Islanders, scored a third-period goal for the Kings.

San Jose is looking for its third win in a row on its season-high six-game homestand. The Sharks are coming off a 3-2 overtime win Saturday against Nashville in a penalty-filled game.

The Sharks could be without right wing Scott Parker, who faces a possible suspension after he attempted to scale the glass to fight Nashville’s Brendan Witt. Neither landed any big punches, but both were ejected after teammates and coaches pulled them down.

San Jose coach Ron Wilson thought Parker, playing his second game after missing 26 with a concussion, provided an emotional lift.

“It was kind of old-time hockey,” Wilson said. “I’m not happy that we had to go to overtime to win, but we certainly deserved both points with the way we played physically.”

Vesa Toskala made 17 saves for the Sharks, who have missed starter Evgeni Nabokov for the last two games because of an abdominal bruise.

Joe Thornton assisted on Christian Ehrhoff’s goal 2:56 into overtime. Thornton, who leads the league with 67 assists, has two points in each of his last three games.

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