San Jose Sharks Stumble Into All-Star Break With Shootout Loss in LA

January 27th, 2011 by Patrick Goulding II Leave a reply »
The great Wayne Gretzky once said, "100% of the shots we don't take don't go in." As the NHL celebrated the Great One's 50th birthday on Wednesday, the San Jose Sharks could have benefited from that bit of wisdom in their loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

The Sharks fielded another valiant effort against an equally point-starved and determined division opponent. Forward Ryane Clowe returned from a four-game injury lay off to score his 13th goal of the season. The goal opened scoring for the Sharks and tied the game at one in the second period until Devin Setoguchi scored on a wrap around less than a minute later to stake the Sharks to a 2-1 lead.

Despite several sterling scoring changes, Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick—fast becoming another thorn in the Sharks' collective sides—shut the door throughout the third period. Alexei Ponikarovsky beat Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi with a modest bid early in the third to tie the game. The Sharks were unable to capitalize on a late four-minute power play drawn by a high stick to Douglas Murray, and the game went to overtime and eventually a shootout.

It was here that the Sharks missed another golden oppor ...

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