San Jose Sharks Bury Division-Leading Kings: Is This a Turning Point for 2010?

November 16th, 2010 by Patrick Goulding II Leave a reply »
The San Jose Sharks faced a critical barometer of their mettle Monday night when they played host to the division-leading Los Angeles Kings.

A win would not only net the Sharks nine of a possible 10 points on their five-game homestand, but would prove their ability to contend against top competition while drawing them within four points of the division leaders.

The Sharks responded in spades. After a disappointing overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks last Thursday night and a narrow win to avenge their 4-0 loss earlier this season in Calgary, the Sharks closed the homestand in high style, burying the Kings with an offensive barrage and stemming the tide of a potential comeback to win 6-3 in regulation.

Perhaps more important even than the final outcome or score was the way the Sharks played in light of heavy adversity throughout the game.

The Sharks were forced to play without the services of their third-best defenseman in Douglas Murray, who was scratched due to a day to day lower body injury. Experienced stand-in Derek Joslin filled in admirably, contributing to a strong defensive effort and adding an assist.

The game did not start as th ...

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