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One goal is enough for Kings, Quick

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jan 28 2014 12:46:49 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 28 2014 01:00:08 AM CST
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SAN JOSE, Calif. -

With the Los Angeles Kings just about out of answers, they turned to Jonathan Quick, and the veteran goalie did not let his team down.

Quick turned away 23 shots to make center Anze Kopitar's second-period goal hold up for a 1-0 win over the San Jose Sharks.

Offense-starved Los Angeles (30-18-6) snapped its five-game winless streak.

"If you're not scoring many, you've got to make sure you're not giving up many," Kings defenseman Matt Greene said. "Quickie was on tonight, and that really helped."

During his 28th career shutout, Quick was at his best in the third period when the Sharks managed 14 shots on goal after putting only nine on net in the first 40 minutes. Los Angeles was credited with 22 blocks on the night, while the Sharks missed the net with eight other attempts.

"You want one like this to break out of a slump," Kopitar said. "Quickie was obviously sharp back there and gave us a chance to win. One was enough, but we hit a couple posts and had a couple good chances. It could have been two or three, but it doesn't matter. We got the two points."

San Jose saw its six-game winning streak end despite a record-setting performance from backup goalie Alex Stalock.

"They buried their one opportunity, and we didn't on the couple we got," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "That's probably the story."

Los Angeles broke through late in the second period, snapping two long scoreless streaks in the process.

Kopitar scored his 15th goal of the season at 17:56 with a patient, stick-handling move in front of Stalock, who dived out in an attempt to pokecheck the puck off the Los Angeles forward's stick.

Kings right winger Jeff Carter raced down the right boards and slipped a pass around backskating Sharks defenseman Matt Irwin. San Jose right winger Brent Burns made a head-long dive in an attempt to intercept, but he only slightly deflected the puck to Kopitar.

"It actually helped me out a little bit because it slowed it down," Kopitar said of Burns' play. "After that, I was just trying to do something, and it worked out."

Stalock added, "It bought him a little time, and he beat me one-on-one."

The goal was Los Angeles' first in 154:43 of play, as the Kings hadn't scored since early in the first period against the Anaheim Ducks on Jan. 23. Meanwhile, Stalock saw his franchise-record shutout streak end at 178:55 after he eclipsed ex-Shark Evgeni Nabokov's former mark at the midpoint of the second period.

"It was an excellent experience to play against that team, to fight through their size and strength around the net, their deflections," McLellan said of Stalock, who finished with 20 saves. "He was very solid, we're real happy with him."

In the third period, the Sharks pressed for the game-tying goal that never came. San Jose also had to kill 4:16 of Los Angeles power-play time, including consecutive minors.

"I thought our penalty kill there at the end gave us a chance to win the game," Sharks forward Tommy Wingels said. "Killing off four minutes, you get some momentum off of it, and I think we did."

San Jose managed five shots after the kills, but only one during the final 1:20 when Stalock was pulled for an extra attacker.

"Eight minutes of penalty kill didn't help us, and to nullify a couple power plays by taking penalties didn't help either," McLellan said.

NOTES: The Sharks and Kings met for the first time since Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown collided with San Jose's Tomas Hertl on Dec. 19, a play in which the Sharks' rookie left winger sustained a knee injury that resulted in surgery and the likelihood that he will miss the rest of the season. Sharks GM Doug Wilson voiced his displeasure over the Kings' lack of remorse shortly thereafter. "There's two sides to every story," Brown said Monday, adding he didn't like to see anyone get hurt. "I mean, they're going to be upset. If that was reversed, the Kings would be upset." ... As Hertl continues to rehabilitate, the Sharks continue to play without C Logan Couture (hand), RW Raffi Torres (knee) and RW Adam Burish (back). ... RW Marty Havlat and LW James Sheppard were San Jose's healthy scratches. RW Matt Frattin, D Alec Martinez and D Jeff Schultz did not dress for Los Angeles. ... The Sharks' affiliate in the ECHL -- the San Francisco Bulls -- ceased operation on Monday with 32 games remaining in the season.