To beat one of the best teams in the NHL you need stout goaltender play and you need your top scorers to take advantage of opportunities. The Sharks failed at both Thursday night.
Antti Niemi and the Sharks lost 4-1 Thursday night, and are now 1-9-2 in their last 11 games in Los Angeles.
Tomas Hertl limped to the bench favoring his right knee, and did not return to start the second. Brown was issued a five-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct at 18:59 of the opening frame.
The longtime Sharks forward, who was drafted by the club second overall in 1997, became the third-youngest player in NHL history to reach the 1200-game milestone.
Martin Jones, who has won the first six starts of his NHL career, will likely start for the Kings in their Thursday night showdown with San Jose.
The Sharks and Kings have split two earlier meetings, with each team defending its home ice. San Jose will luck to buck that trend Thursday.
The Sharks are just 1-8-2 in their last 11 games in Los Angeles, including that second round playoff series last May, with their lone win coming in a shootout.
Until Tuesday in St. Louis, Tyler Kennedy had played in every game this season. He reacted to his removal from the lineup after Wednesday’s practice.
Marty Havlat and Brent Burns were important contributors in what was a significant victory for their club on Tuesday night in St.Louis.
Joe Pavelski got the Sharks on the board early and Todd McLellan's squad bounced back from the Blues' rally to sweep the season series.
Marty Havlat and Joe Pavleski scored to help the Sharks completed a three-game season sweep of the St. Louis Blues, all in regulation, with a 4-2 win.
The Blues may be ahead of the Sharks in the standings, but San Jose dominated St. Louis in both matchups this season.
Brent Burns recorded a hat trick against St. Louis on Nov. 29 but in the eight games since then it’s been a struggle for the six-foot-five, 230-pound winger.
What are the probable lines? Who are the players to keep an eye on? Kevin Kurz gets you set for tonight's matchup. TV: 4:30 p.m. CSNCA