SAN JOSE – Anze Kopitar scored the only goal and Jonathan Quick made 23 saves, as the Kings beat the Sharks on Monday night at SAP Center, 1-0.
The Sharks’ six-game winning streak was snapped, as was Los Angeles’ five-game losing streak. The home team had won 19 of the previous 20 games, including the playoffs.
Late in the second period, Brent Burns’ shot was blocked by Drew Doughty in front of the Kings’ net. Los Angeles transitioned the other way, and Jeff Carter was able to squeeze a pass through the backchecking Burns, who got a piece of the puck, but not enough as Kopitar found the handle and slid it home at 17:56.
The goal ended Alex Stalock’s shutout streak at 178 minutes and 55 seconds, a new franchise mark, eclipsing Evgeni Nabokov’s record set in 2009 (171:18).
San Jose was shut out for the third time this season. The best scoring chance the Sharks had came less than two minutes into the game, when Quick recovered in time to make a sprawling glove save on Bracken Kearns’ backhander towards an open net.
The Sharks had just nine shots on goal through two periods, but outshot the Kings for the game, 23-21. Quick got his left pad on Dan Boyle’s chance from the slot as time expired.
In the third period, Tommy Wingels had a chance on a two-on-two shorthanded rush with Patrick Marleau, but it was turned aside by Quick. Later, Quick left a big rebound on a Wingels point shot with about five minutes left, but Matt Nieto fanned on the bouncing puck.
The Sharks and Kings were playing in the fourth of five games, and first time since Dustin Brown tore up Tomas Hertl’s knee on Dec. 19 with a knee-on-knee hit. Brown was roundly booed several times when controlling the puck, but nothing of significance happened otherwise regarding the Kings’ captain.
Los Angeles has gained seven of a possible eight points against the Sharks this season (3-0-1).
The teams combined for 46 blocked shots.
The Sharks and Kings wrap up their season series at SAP Center on April 3.
The Sharks were 0-for-3 on the power play, but 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.
The Sharks struggled to get anything going with a man advantage. They went on their third power play at 4:47 of the third period on Slava Voynov’s cross-check, but Joe Thornton’s bad hooking penalty in the offensive zone 17 seconds later nullified the opportunity to tie it.
Joe Pavelski earned a double-minor midway through the third period, whacking Kopitar in the side of the face just after an offensive zone faceoff.
Stalock entered the game with back-to-back shutouts in his last two starts against Florida on Jan. 16 and Winnipeg on Jan. 23. He made 20 saves.
Quick improved to 11-4-5 in his career against the Sharks.
There were no changes to the Sharks’ lineup, other than Stalock getting the call over starter Antti Niemi.
Nieto missed a stretch in the first period for unspecified reasons.
San Jose travels to Edmonton and Calgary for back-to-back games on Wednesday and Thursday, and hosts the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. The Sharks have six games remaining before the Olympic break, the last four of which are at home.
The Sharks have 29 games left in the regular season, 18 of which are against teams not currently in playoff position.