Sharks edge rival Kings, who lose Quick to injury
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[October 13, 2016]
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The calendar
said October, but the game felt more like one played in late spring.
Defenseman Brent Burns scored a tiebreaking goal early in the third
period, and goalie Martin Jones slammed the door on his former team
as the San Jose Sharks beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 Wednesday at
"It felt like a playoff game from the start," said center Logan
Couture, who scored San Jose's first goal. "I'm happy for Sharks
fans we won."
The Sharks earned their seventh consecutive opening-night victory,
the longest current streak of first-game success in the NHL.
Making the evening even more disappointing for Los Angeles was the
fact that goalie Jonathan Quick exited after the first period due to
a lower-body injury.
"We played the type of game we wanted to," Kings coach Darryl Sutter
said. "We made a couple of mistakes on the boards. They are a big
heavy team in the offensive zone. We handled it pretty well. We
should have done more in their zone."
Jones allowed a goal to Tyler Toffoli on the Kings' first shot, then
stopped the final 21 shots he faced, including all seven in the
second period and each of the Kings' eight in the third.
"I like how we were defensively tonight," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer
said. "We didn't give up a whole lot. Jones made some saves when he
Burns' first goal of the season came 3:20 into the final period on a
bit of a broken play. Sharks second-line right winger Joonas
Donskoi's attempted cross-ice feed from the left circle was blocked
by diving Kings defenseman Drew Doughty right in the direction of a
San Jose's Norris Trophy finalist swiped a shot past Kings relief
goalie Jeff Zatkoff, who replaced Quick at the outset of the second
"I thought he held the fort," Sutter said of Zatkoff. "He played
really, really well."
Burns continued his recent surge against the Kings. He has seven
goals and nine assists for 16 points in the 11 meetings (including
playoffs) between the California rivals since the start of last
The Sharks and Kings traded power-play goals and were tied 1-1 after
20 minutes, an opening period that featured San Jose outshooting Los
Angeles 15-7 and maintaining territorial advantage.
Couture tripped Los Angeles captain Anze Kopitar 49 seconds after
the opening faceoff following a turnover by Burns.
History repeated itself when Toffoli went top shelf, slipping a
perfect shot over Jones' left shoulder at 1:22. Toffoli also beat
Jones on the game's first shot last year, but not only did the
Sharks rally for a 5-1 win on opening night, but Jones didn't
surrender another goal for a franchise-record 234:33.
The hosts tied it when Couture beat a screened Quick at 14:05, a
shot from the edge of the left circle that came 52 seconds into
winger Kyle Clifford's interference penalty on San Jose defenseman
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Sharks center Tommy Wingels (57) tries to shoot against the Los
Angeles Kings in the second period at SAP Center at San Jose.
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Quick took exception to Sharks captain Joe Pavelski poking around
his crease after the score. Quick jumped Pavelski to touch off a
nine-player mini-scrum. Quick and Pavelski were assessed matching
minors for roughing.
However, the goalie's injury didn't occur until inside the final
minute of the period. Quick was hurt going post to post to deny
Pavelski on a wrap-around attempt, but he finished out the period.
Sutter and general manager Dean Lombardi said Quick would undergo an
MRI exam early Thursday. Quick said through a team spokesman, "It's
Quick stopped 14 of 15 shots, and Zatkoff saved 15 of 16 shots.
"We all know what Quickie brings for our team and what he's done
here," Toffoli said. "We can't be thinking about that, we have to be
positive. Zat's played unbelievable coming into today. We're
confident in what he does for our team."
NOTES: Kings LW Devin Setoguchi appeared in an NHL game for the
first time since Nov. 22, 2014. The No. 8 overall pick by San Jose
in 2005, he signed a two-way contract with Los Angeles after making
the team on a tryout basis in camp. ... LW Mikkel Boedker and D
David Schlemko debuted with the Sharks after each signed a four-year
deal on the first day of free agency. ... San Jose embarks on a
five-game road trip that starts Saturday at Columbus. ... Los
Angeles hosts Philadelphia on Friday. ... Kings RW Tanner Pearson
missed the first of two regular-season games due to suspension for a
preseason hit on Edmonton D Brandon Davidson. Los Angeles was also
without RW Marian Gaborik, out for approximately eight weeks with a
broken foot he sustained during the World Cup of Hockey. ... San
Jose D Dylan DeMelo and RW Micheal Haley and Los Angeles D Tom
Gilbert and C Nic Dowd were healthy scratches.
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