SAN JOSE CA - DECEMBER 27: Goalie Antti Niemi #31of the San Jose Sharks makes a save on the shot of Wayne Simmonds #17 of the Los Angeles Kings during an NHL hockey game at the HP Pavilion on December 27 2010 in San Jose California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Sharks Shutout At Home As Kings Win 4-0

The Sharks played a slow and frustrating game and ended up losing 4-0. Antti Niemi's strong play through two evaporated in the final frame. For more on the game and the team in general, go to Fear The Fin.

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Sharks Shutout, Lose To Kings 4-0

San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Jonathan Quick made 24 saves to record his fourth shutout of the season, and the Los Angeles Kings scored four times in the third period to defeat the San Jose Sharks, 4-0, at HP Pavilion.

Dustin Brown had two goals for the Kings, who have won four in a row. Marco Sturm and Trevor Lewis also lit the lamp. It was Sturm's first goal in a Kings uniform.

Antti Niemi turned aside 33-of-37 shots for the Sharks, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Niemi was dominant over the first two periods, making 16 saves in the first and 14 in the second. Quick turned aside 14 shots over the first two frames.

The Kings, though, beat Niemi four times in the third stanza. Lewis was the first to score at the 2:08 mark. Brad Richardson won a battle for the puck at the bottom of the left circle and slid a pass to the slot for Lewis, whose wrister beat Niemi.

Sturm, who spent the first seven-plus seasons of his career with the Sharks, made it 2-0 over a minute later. His wrister from the top of the left circle snuck past Niemi.

Brown gave Los Angeles a 3-0 lead at the 6:49 mark. A one-timer from the right point bounced off the pad of Niemi and right to Brown, who jammed home the rebound.

A nifty play with two minutes remaining resulted in Brown's 16th goal of the year. Anze Kopitar, who was near center ice, flipped the puck high in the air over a San Jose defender and to a streaking Brown, who went in on a breakaway. Brown's backhander beat Niemi.

The Sharks had won three straight over the Kings...San Jose wrapped up a three-game homestand on Monday...The Sharks were trying to win five in a row for the first time since January 16-23...Each team went 0-for-3 on the power play...Kopitar had three assists.

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Kings Score Again, Hold 3-0 Lead Over The Sharks

That was disasterous for the Sharks. A slow game in which Antti Niemi does basically everything for San Jose can only end one way: with the other team on top because Niemi isn't indestructible. With fifteen minutes to go, the Sharks will look to fix things and make a comeback.

Two minutes later with the puck almost exclusively in the Sharks zone, and Los Angeles struck again. Drew Doughty fired off on goal, and Dany Heatley wasn't ready to get ahold of the rebound that he probably should have been able to get. Dustin Brown shoots between Heatley's legs and the Kings get their third goal of the period and the game, and lead by just as many.

This is followed by a Kings power play, but Patrick Marleau gets the puck all alone and almost gets a goal of his own, but he's stopped by Quick, but draws a slashing penalty and we have a 4-on-4. The Sharks get some momentum, but Joe Thornton gives away the puck on one of the laziest passes you'll ever see. Kings lead 3-0 with eight to go.

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Kings Score Twice In Rapid Succession, Sharks Trail 2-0

Well, we've hit the third period and neither team has put the puck in net. The Los Angeles Kings have come close a number of times, but Sharks netminder Antti Niemi has been great tonight. The period starts out slow, but two minutes in, disaster struck for San Jose. The puck was in their zone and Jamie McGinn went down, allowing time for a two-on-one with Jason Demers out of place, and then Trevor Lewis got the puck in net, beating Niemi over his left shoulder. Niemi didn't have much of a chance to stop that one.

The Sharks trail 1-0 behind the Kings now, and then the Sharks get two good shots on goal, Joe Thornton almost gets a goal. Then disaster for San Jose as the Kings scored again. Niemi just misplayed entirely, without any real trickery of any kind, he he conceded a goal to Marco Sturm to put the Kings up 2-0 with fifteen minutes to go in the third and final frame.

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Sharks And Kings Still Scoreless Through Two

That was a pretty abysmal first period for the Sharks, but if the trend is to continue, they should come out strong. And here they come and Joe Pavelski fires off on goal with Patrick Marleau to start the period. They're on the power play and they've got a couple shots on goal before the power play ended, but they started the period they way they needed to.

Fast forward oh ... twenty minutes, and still no scores. The Sharks had much more activity in the second period though. The Kings still outshot them, and kept the puck mostly in San Jose's zone, but the defense didn't leave every single shot up to Antti Niemi to stop on his own. Still, it took more fantastic play from Niemi to keep the Sharks in it, and it sure would be good for San Jose to give him something to work with in the third period.

Neither team has scored, though both have come close. It's 0-0 heading into the third period of play at HP Pavilion.

Be sure to head over to Fear The Fin and participate in their gameday discussion.

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