Sharks 3, Kings 2 (SO)

Ross McKeon, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Raffi Torres slipped a backhand shot past Jonathan Quick to give the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings in a shootout on Tuesday at HP Pavilion.
None of the Los Angeles shooters scored against Sharks goalie Antti Niemi in the shootout as San Jose pulled into a tie for fourth place in the Western Conference with the defending Stanley Cup champs. The Kings (24-14-5) and Sharks (23-13-7) have 53 points each with four games remaining.
Torres, the third San Jose shooter, slipped a backhand shot through Quick's five-hole for the game-winner.
A scoreless third period preceded overtime. The teams combined for 75 shots in regulation with the Kings holding a 41-34 edge. Los Angeles had two of the three shots in overtime.
The Sharks scored goals on consecutive shots just before the middle of the second period, but the Kings answered with two of their own late in the period to even the game.
San Jose's Brent Burns scored his eighth goal of the season since moving from defense to forward at 8:48 after stealing the puck from Los Angeles forward Dustin Penner. He beat Quick on the near post.
Burns fed T.J. Galiardi with a goal-mouth feed from the left corner, and the San Jose forward managed to tip the puck past Quick before Kings defenseman Drew Doughty could stop the shot at 9:30.
San Jose got into penalty trouble, killing a two-man disadvantage, but surrendered a 5-on-4 power-play goal at 13:59 when Los Angeles defenseman Jake Muzzin blew a shot from the middle of the ice on the blue line through a screen provided by Trevor Lewis at 13:59.
Los Angeles scored a 4-on-4 goal at 18:41 to tie it. Niemi failed to cover Anze Kopitar's mini-break, and Dustin Brown pushed Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle out of the crease while poking the loose puck over the goal line.
A fast-paced first period featured a combined 20 shots (11-9 edge for the Kings), but no goals. San Jose had the only power play, courtesy of Kopitar's hook of Joe Pavelski, but the Sharks struggled with entry into the Los Angeles zone and never produced even one shot.
Niemi finished with 41 saves, while Quick stopped 33 shots.
NOTES: San Jose defenseman Scott Hannan played for the first time since being acquired at the trade deadline. Hannan, who played the first 508 games of his NHL career with the Sharks, the team that drafted him in the first round in 1997, was out since March 17 with an upper-body injury sustained as a member of the Nashville Predators. Rookie Matt Irwin came out of the lineup to make room for Hannan on the blue line. Forwards James Sheppard and Tim Kennedy and defenseman Matt Tennyson also did not dress for San Jose. ... Forwards Colin Fraser and Tyler Toffoli and defenseman Alec Martinez did not dress for Los Angeles.... The Kings brought a four-game road losing streak into the game. Los Angeles has not lost five in a row on the road since Feb. 25-March 13, 2009. ... In the midst of playing four of five at home, the Kings return to Los Angeles for games against the Columbus Blue Jackets and Dallas Stars on Thursday and Sunday, respectively. ... The Sharks returned home to open a four-game homestand before closing the regular season with two away. They were 14-1-5 in San Jose before Tuesday.

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