Marleau's late pair forces overtime; Kings win

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Marleau's late pair forces overtime; Kings win

March 24, 2011

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LOS ANGELES (AP) After handing an extra point to the San Jose Sharks in the final seconds of regulation, the Los Angeles Kings made sure they didn't cost themselves one as well.Captain Dustin Brown scored in the fifth round of the shootout after getting two power-play goals, and the Kings beat the Pacific Division-leading Sharks 4-3 on Thursday night to end San Jose's four-game winning streak."It's nice to score some goals for this team," Brown said. "That's the spark we needed on the power play. But we need to tighten up defensively. There's no way we can give up that goal to them. Those are the type of plays that'll come back to haunt you."Patrick Marleau scored the tying goal for the Sharks twice in the final 3:32 of the third period, getting his second with just 4.1 seconds on the clock after Brown's 25th goal put the Kings back in front with 1:42 remaining in regulation."I'm not disappointed and I'm not surprised that stuff like that happens," Kings coach Terry Murray said. "I'm watching games in this league right now, and it is incredible what has been happening late in games. We would love to have it shut down when you have a faceoff with 11 seconds left. But they've got some very good players and got the bounce that they needed."Los Angeles remained tied with Nashville for fifth place in the Western conference, three points behind Phoenix and five behind San Jose. The Kings have eight games remaining, including a rematch with the Sharks on April 4 at San Jose.
RELATED: NHL conference standings"That's the one disappointing thing about this game - we had a lead with 11 seconds left and they got a point out of it," goalie Jonathan Quick said. "We want to win this division. We know we're capable of doing it, and it's unfortunate that they got a point out of it. But the good thing is we got two out of it."Joe Pavelski scored a power-play goal for the Sharks, who tied Central Division-leading Detroit for second place in the conference with the consolation point.Defenseman Willie Mitchell scored for the Kings, Alec Martinez had two assists and Quick finished with 24 saves, improving to 9-0 in shootouts this season and 21-7 for his career.On Marleau's first goal, Quick fanned on his seemingly harmless wrist shot from the top of the left circle. On the second, Marleau jammed his 33rd of the season inside the right post after a slick passing play from rookie Logan Couture to Ryane Clowe to Marleau after the Kings failed to clear the puck out of the zone."Patty's really played well lately and he's scored big goals for our team," coach Todd McLellan said. "I thought that even from the beginning of the game, he showed up to play. But I thought we were missing some players early. You can't win at this time of the year with only 12 or 13, and the rest only watching or gliding along."Stoll scored the Kings' first goal of the tiebreaker, making him 8 for 9 this season and tying it after Dan Boyle scored on the Sharks' first attempt. The game ended when Marleau, the Sharks' fifth shooter, lost the puck off his stick as he came in on Quick.Los Angeles was playing its first game since right wing Justin Williams dislocated his shoulder on Monday in a 2-1 shootout win against Calgary. The 12-year veteran, who signed a four-year, 14.6 contract extension on Feb. 28, had played in each of the team's first 73 games and had 22 goals and 57 points.Mitchell put the Kings ahead 2-1 at 9:07 of the second period on a 45-foot slap shot from the slot that beat Niemi to the glove side.
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Pavelski, who has three goals and nine assists in his last four games, opened the scoring 35 seconds into the second period while Jarret Stoll was serving a slashing penalty that carried over from the final minute of the first.Marleau had the puck at the left point and threw it toward the circle, where Pavelski redirected it past Quick's stick from about 15 feet away. His 17th goal ended the Kings' string of 35 successful penalty kills spanning 643 minutes and 27 seconds since Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk capitalized on a hooking penalty against Stoll on Feb. 28.The Sharks, who were short-handed four times over their previous three games, had to use their penalty-killing unit five times against Los Angeles. The Kings were 0 for 10 on the power play against San Jose this season before Brown tied it at 1 at 7:18 of the second while Jamal Mayers was serving a holding-the-stick penalty.Notes: C Oscar Moller played his fifth game for the Kings this season and first since Dec. 18. He was recalled from Manchester of the AHL to replace Williams in the lineup. ... Marleau has six goals in his last four games, including two winners. ... Thornton, who got an assist on Pavelski's goal, is six points away from 1,000 in the NHL. He has more points than any player in the league since his debut on Oct. 8, 1997, with Boston. ... Pavelski's goal made San Jose the first team this season with three players who have scored at least 10 times on the power play, including Marleau and Dany Heatley (11 each). Thornton has nine. ... The Kings drew their 31st sellout, the most they've had since the arena opened in 1999-00. They had 30 in 2003-04.

Inactives: Raiders LG Kelechi Osemele a late scratch due to illness

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Inactives: Raiders LG Kelechi Osemele a late scratch due to illness

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Raiders left guard Kelechi Osemele was questionable to play Thursday night’s game at Kansas City with a knee sprain.

His knee is doing just fine, thank you.

Even still, Osemele wasn’t ready to play. He was a late scratch due to an illness, which sapped him to the point he couldn’t go.

Osemele was listed about the Raiders inactives, announced shortly before kickoff.

That creates a huge void in the offensive line – the Raiders run best between Osemele and left tackle Donald Penn – that will be filled by rookie Vadal Alexander.

Alexander is an aggressive player and a good run blocker, but he isn’t on Osemele’s level. Not having the high-priced player could hinder the Raiders offensive line, which must remain strong for the attack to operate well. The Raiders have allowed a league-low 13 sacks this season. 

Defensive tackle Darius Latham was questionable with an ankle injury, but wasn’t quite ready to play this game. This marks his second contest missed with injury.

Strong safety Karl Joseph was ruled out earlier in the week with a toe injury. Cornerback Antonio Hamilton, Shilique Calhoun, Connor Cook and Stacy McGee are also inactive.

Top pick Meier 'real close' to making Sharks debut

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Top pick Meier 'real close' to making Sharks debut

SAN JOSE – Struggling to score goals lately with two or fewer in eight of their last 11 games, the Sharks may soon turn to their biggest prospect to try and give the offense a boost.

Timo Meier, the ninth overall pick from the 2015 draft, is tearing up the American Hockey League lately with the Barracuda. He scored four goals (and registered 15 shots) in two games in San Antonio over the weekend, has eight points (5g, 3a) in his last four games, and leads the Barracuda with eight goals.

On Thursday, Pete DeBoer was asked what he’s heard about Meier lately and how close he may be.

“Good things, and real close,” DeBoer said. “I think he would have been even a consideration [Wednesday], but he came down I think with the flu. 

“You feel for him because we’re looking to bring some guys in, and he obviously had a great weekend. He’s one of quite a few guys down there that we feel real comfortable can come in here and are going to help us before the year ends, for sure.”

It’s the second time an illness has affected Meier’s status, as he came down with mononucleosis early in training camp and missed a month of action. He did, however, return to Barracuda practice this week.

One month ago, Barracuda coach Roy Sommer told CSN that Meier had to make some adjustments coming out of juniors. 

“He’s just has to simplify his game,” Sommer said on Nov. 9. “I think he’s just trying to do too much. He’s got to be north-south, and [forget] this circling and trying to put pucks through people. … It’s not going to work.”

Apparently, Meier has figured it out. On Tuesday, Sommer told The Gackle Report: “He’s getting better every game. At the start, I was going, oh man, he’s all over the map, circling and not using his teammates. But shoot, now he just keeps producing.”

“We’ve spent a lot of time with him on video and he picks stuff up.”

The 2015 draft has already produced several players that are regular contributors for their respective clubs, led by Connor McDavid (Edmonton), Jack Eichel (Buffalo), Mitch Marner (Toronto) and Zach Werenski (Columbus). 

Meier is the only player among the top 11 picks that year that has yet to play an NHL game, while 17 of 30 of the players overall chosen in the first round have played at least one NHL game.