The San Jose Sharks faced division rivals, the Los Angeles Kings, at the Staples Center on Thursday night. The Sharks fell short in the 4-1 loss to the Kings.
The Kings’ first goal came in at 5:26 in the second period by Alec Martinez. It was the defenseman’s third goal of the season. Kings’ goaltender, Martin Jones, started the play that got the Kings on the board 2-0 by the end of the second. Jones got the puck to Slava Voynov, who passed the puck down the ice to Tyler Toffoli. Toffoli’s wrist-shot went passed Sharks’ goalie, Anti Niemi.
The Kings’ stole the momentum early in the third period, scoring 36 seconds into the period. The goal came from Jeff Carter. They held onto that momentum, getting another goal just passed the six minute mark by Dwight King, his 10th goal of the season. King has now surpassed his previous record of four goals from the 2012-2013 season.
Sharks barely managed to get on the scoreboard, with only 2:10 left in regulation. Patrick Marleau got his 16th goal of the season from an assist by Martin Havlat. Marleau got the only point for the Sharks during his 1,200th regular season NHL game.
The Kings had multiple players who played a multi-point game, which ultimately led them to victory over San Jose. Toffoli got an assist and a goal; Carter got an assist and a goal; King got an assist and a goal; and Robyn Regehr got two assists.
Jones received the First Star of the Game for his phenomenal performance in goal. Not only did he get on the board for his assist on Toffoli’s goal, he stopped 31 shots on goal.
The Sharks have had a disappointing month this December, loosing six out of nine games this month. There are five games left in December for the Sharks. They face Western Conference rival, Dallas Stars, at the Shark Tank on December 21.