After the 2nd period:
Kings 2, San Jose Sharks 1
The good: In less than two minutes, the Kings doubled their goal output from the previous three games. They also ended an 0-for-15 slump on the power play on their first goal, which tied the score, 1-1, at the 7:18 mark. With right wing Jamal Mayers in the box for holding the stick of Michal Handzus, rookie defenseman Alec Martinez dumped the puck into the San Jose zone. The rubber caromed behind the net where Kings left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky got to it first, pushing the puck back toward Dustin Brown, who was camped by the right goal post. Brown pulled the puck in from behind the net and slipped it past goalkeeper Antti Niemi for his 24thgoal of the season. Just over a minute later, Handzus, Ryan Smyth and Oscar Moller did an admirable job on the forecheck to keep the puck in the San Jose zone. Moller, playing in his first game since getting called up from the minors following the shoulder injury to Justin Williams, drove to the net but Niemi made a pad save. The puck caromed out high to defenseman Willie Mitchell, who sent a one-timer into the net for a 2-1 lead. It’s the fourth goal of the season for Mitchell, matching his career high. In addition to assisting on the first goal, Martinez also made the defensive play of the period, sliding on his belly to break up a shot during a Sharks’ 2-on-1 with a little more than three minutes remaining in the period.
The bad: The Kings saw their streak of 35 consecutive penalty kills come to an end 35 seconds into the period. Jarret Stoll was still off the ice for a questionable slashing penalty at the end of the first period when Patrick Marleau slid a pass to Joe Pavelski, who redirected the puck into the net for his 14th point in the last six games.
The in between: The Kings limited the Sharks to four shots on goal that period and have a 27-13 edge total. Unfortunately, the score isn’t as uneven.