Sharks Pass Test With Flying Colors, Best Kings, 6-3

The Sharks came through their toughest game of the season yet and passed the test with flying colors, beating the Kings in a dominant performance to the tune of 6-3. For more on the game and the team in general, go to Fear The Fin, SB Nation's San Jose Sharks blog.

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NHL Scores and Standings: San Jose Sharks Gaining Ground In Western Conference

The San Jose Sharks have won three straight games and are starting to see some improvement in their standing in the NHL’s Western Conference. It’s certainly way too early to discuss playoff positioning in serious detail, but it’s still worth considering the performances in the rest of the conference. Every point counts towards positioning for the playoffs so any ground the Sharks can gain is a plus.

The Sharks stepped up with a big time performance against the conference leading Los Angeles Kings, defeating them 6-3 at HP Pavilion in San Jose. The win improved the Sharks to 9-5-2 with 20 points, leaving them tied with Chicago for sixth in the Western Conference. Of course, the first place Kings have 24 points so it’s not like they’re all that far behind.

The team directly ahead of the Sharks is the St. Louis Blues who find themselves struggling through a four game losing streak capped off by a 6-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche last night. The Blues have been either incredibly hot or incredibly not as this four game losing streak was preceded by a seven game winning streak. With a road game against the second place Detroit Red Wings on, the Blues could find themselves dropping behind the Sharks. San Jose faces off against Colorado in Denver, which will certainly be a tough matchup.

Wednesday is a big day in the NHL as there will be 12 games that day as all the top teams in the West will be playing that day. A Sharks road win could potentially jump them a couple spots in the standings. Of course, a loss could drop them out of the top eight. It should be an interesting evening of hockey.

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Oh Captain, My Captain: Sharks Beat Kings 6-3

Patrick Marleau played like a beast for the Sharks in their 6-3 drubbing of the conference-leading Los Angeles Kings, who came into the affair riding a six-game win streak. The Kings may be perfect while skating on home ice this season, but HP Pavilion spelled their doom on Monday night. The best possible thing that could happen for San Jose happened when they beat the Kings: slow them down a little bit. Just remind them, "Hey, we're the Sharks. We generally dominate this division." They are who they thought we were and that whole shindig.

Marleau was good for a goal and two assists in the win, giving Antero Niittymaki the goal support he needed, relinquishing three and getting thirty-two saves. Dany Heatley put an insurance goal into the net at 4-3, 7:49 in the third period. He also grabbed an assist, the same with the recently-resurgent Joe Pavelski, who has been largely invisible when it comes to points lately.

Torrey Mitchell, Ryane Clowe, and Scott Nichol all picked up important goals for the Sharks. Before the game, consistency was the big issue. Now it looks like that has been addressed, for the time being. Those six lit up Jonathan Bernier, who made 28 saves in the defeat.

Ryan Smyth, Jarret Stoll and Scott Parse scored for the Kings, who had a six- game win streak snapped. The Sharks improved to 6-2-2 at HP Pavilion thus far this season. Marleau has 30 goals and 65 points in 73 career games against LA. He also picked up his 100th power play goal in his career, all of which for the Sharks. Bernier faced San Jose for the first time in his career.

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