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David Pollak: Sharks lose to Kings 1-0

Not that it was much consolation to Stalock, but by keeping the Kings off the scoreboard until Kopitar’s goal at 17:56 of the second period, the Sharks netminder did set a franchise shutout streak at 178:55 that included victories over the Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets.

The goal that beat him was a case of a well-intentioned attempt to break up a play contributing to the defeat, as Brent Burns fully extended himself to get a stick on a centering pass from Jeff Carter to Kopitar

David Pollak: Kings’ Dustin Brown understands Sharks’ anger over his hit that injured Tomas Hertl

“All I can say is I made the effort to get out of the way. I think that was pretty evident on the video,” Brown said. “My intention was to hit him at first, and then I realized I wasn’t going to be able to get there in time because he had the puck on his stick for a split second.”

The Sharks did not see the hit that way, and general manager Doug Wilson was later critical of Brown for not expressing concern for Hertl, who ended up undergoing knee surgery and still could miss the remainder of the season.


Kevin Kurz: Sharks turn it up too late in loss to Kings

San Jose was unable to find the equalizing goal against Jonathan Quick and the Kings, losing 1-0 to their rivals from the south on Monday night at SAP Center. Rather than gain a sizeable lead over Los Angeles for second place in the Pacific Division and extend the Kings’ losing streak to six games, Los Angeles climbed to within eight points of the Sharks and ended San Jose’s six-game run of success.

There were no surprises. No player on either team gave up an opportunity to throw a hit or get in front of a shot. The Sharks had 28 hits to the Kings’ 27, and blocked 24 shots to Los Angeles’ 22.

Kevin Kurz: Stalock breaks Sharks franchise shutout mark

Sharks goalie Alex Stalock broke the franchise record for shutout streak by a goaltender on Monday, surpassing Evgeni Nabokov’s mark.

Stalock, 26, entered the Sharks-Kings game with back-to-back shutout wins over Florida and Winnipeg. He surpassed Nabokov’s record of 171 minutes and 19 seconds shortly after the midway point of the second period against Los Angeles.

Kevin Kurz: Kings’ Brown: NHL needs more players like Sharks’ Hertl

Kings captain Dustin Brown expressed disappointment on Monday that Tomas Hertl could be out for the rest of the season, after Brown’s knee-on-knee hit during a game at Staples Center on Dec. 19.

“You never want to see anybody get hurt. He was pretty exciting coming into the league. We need more players like him that are willing to go through the legs, and go [top] shelf,” Brown said, mentioning Hertl’s highlight-reel goal against the New York Rangers in October. “That’s good for our game. You don’t want to see anybody get hurt. Like I said, it’s one of those things that kind of happens in the game of hockey


Stalock breaks Sharks’ record in loss to Los Angeles

The Sharks started to even up the shot attempt battle late in the game, but they rarely looked dangerous against a Los Angeles team that was asphyxiating one of the league’s top offenses.

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.