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David Pollak: San Jose Sharks lose to Los Angeles Kings in overtime
-McLellan acknowledged his team had issues to work on — “Yeah, when we have the lead we should be able to shut it down,” he said — but overall said the game “wasn’t the end of the world.”

“Some of it’s just individuals being sharp,” he added. “You can’t beat teams like that with a few guys that aren’t quite there. It’s as simple as that.”

David Pollak: Marty Havlat returns to Sharks with something to prove
-“It’s not about scoring goals and having the skill and all that type of stuff. Can he play his game in our structure, our environment and be effective?,” McLellan said. “That is the only part that he has to prove to anybody — to himself, to his teammates or to the coaching staff. And we certainly believe he can.”

David Pollak blog post: Couture on Staples curse: “It has nothing to do with that . . . We could have played in Florida tonight and probably lost that game, too”

Kevin Kurz: Late penalties doom Sharks in another loss in L.A.
-The too-many-men penalty in the third period, their second of the night, led to Justin Williams’ game-tying goal at 12:21. That was particularly irksome to head coach Todd McLellan.

“Penalties are an issue, and too many men on the ice is an issue for me. You’d think after it happened the first time, that everybody would be a little more alert on the bench. But for the same line coming up – and maybe even the same individual – for it to happen twice, is unacceptable,” McLellan said, without identifying the perpetrator.

Kevin Kurz: Instant Replay: Staples Center still a house of horrors for Sharks
-On the day before Halloween, the Staples Center remains a house of horrors for the San Jose Sharks.

Kevin Kurz: Couture: That wasn’t a shot at the Panthers Fear the Fin

The Neutral: Home team wins one-goal game between Sharks and Kings. This is not a recording.
-It isn’t a game between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings unless it ends in a one-goal victory for the home team. Tonight’s contest between two of the best clubs in the Western Conference stuck to that familiar script, with Anze Kopitar pounding a one-timer from the high slot past Antti Niemi on a 4-on-3 power play in overtime to send the Sharks home to San Jose on a sour note following a 3-1-1 road trip.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

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.

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.