Series (Game 4 of 5)

San Jose leads 3-2

Game 1: Tuesday, November 5th
Game 2: Monday, January 13th
Game 3: Monday, January 27th
Game 4: Tuesday, January 28th
Game 5: Monday, February 17th

Kings 1

(19-24-4, 46 pts)

Sharks 3

(19-20-5, 49 pts)

10:30 PM ET, January 28, 2003

SAP Center, San Jose, California

1 2 3 T
LA 1 0 01
SJ 3 0 03

T. Selanne (Sharks - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

O. Nolan (Sharks - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. Fahey (Sharks - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Sharks win three in row first time this season

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Owen Nolan has begun to take advantage of his scoring chances, and that's good news for the San Jose Sharks, who won their third straight for the first time this season.

Owen Nolan

Nolan scored in his fifth straight game as the Sharks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 Tuesday night.

Teemu Selanne and Patrick Marleau also scored for the Sharks, who beat the Kings for the second consecutive night.

"When the whole team is playing well, that creates more opportunities,'' Nolan said. "Right now things are clicking and we are all on the same page. Guys are coming together.''

Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov recorded 28 saves for the victory. Nabokov has stopped 92 of 94 shots during San Jose's current winning streak.

"Nabby has been really good and when you get that kind of goaltending every night, it gives you a chance to win,'' said Selanne, who scored the game-winner midway through the first period and broke a 12-game scoring drought.

Bryan Smolinski scored for the Kings, who have lost five straight on the road.

The Kings, 4-15 over their last 19 games, fell into last place in the Pacific Division on Monday night.

"We got off to a good start but then we had an inability to kill off penalties and that ultimately cost us the game,'' Kings coach Andy Murray said.

Nolan scored a power-play goal, his 200th goal as a Shark, at 15:17 of the first period to tie the game at 1-1.

Vincent Damphousse passed the puck from behind the net to Mike Ricci, whose shot caromed off Felix Potvin's pads and directly to Nolan, who slapped it past Potvin's glove side.

Nolan has scored six goals in his last five games after scoring just three in his previous 23.

Selanne scored five minutes later, also on a power play, after taking a pass from Brad Stuart along the right boards. He slapped the puck through Potvin's legs.

Marleau scored less than four minutes later, slipping the puck past Potvin's stick side after Selanne won a faceoff.

Potvin left the game with a strained left knee after allowing three goals on 11 shots. Jamie Storr took over.

"It wasn't twisted but it was serious,'' Potvin said. "I tried to play through it but couldn't. They did a good job at coming at us. They just swarmed us.''

The Kings, shut out on Monday, scored a goal just over two minutes into the contest. Ziggy Palffy took a slap shot that Nabokov slowed but couldn't stop. Smolinski, who scored his first goal in five games, tipped it across the line as it trickled ahead for the score.

"When they scored right away we just kept going,'' Selanne said. "A couple of weeks ago we might have hung our heads if that happened. Right now we're going the right things.''

Defenseman Kyle McLaren played his first game with the Sharks after being acquired from the Boston Bruins, where he held out all season. He made his presence felt in the first period when he came to blows with Brad Norton.

"That's the type of thing that gets you into midseason form,'' said McLaren, who hadn't played in a game since April. "I can't remember my last fight but it certainly shakes the dust off.''

Game notes

Sharks D Dan McGillis missed his third game because of headaches caused by a cross-check to the neck area from New Jersey Devils' Turner Stevenson on Thursday. ... Kings C Jason Allison missed his second game because of a left hip flexor. ... The Sharks scored more than one power-play goal for the first time since Dec. 21, 17 games ago. ... Smolinski needs one goal for 200. ... Nolan has 317 career goals overall.

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