That wasn’t pretty.
The Kings saw their six-game winning streak come to a screeching halt Monday night in San Jose, losing to the Sharks, 6-3, at HP Pavilion.
They also saw their penalty-kill unit come back to earth by giving up two man-advantage goals, ending a streak of 22 consecutive penalty kills.
On a positive note, Scott Parse scored his first goal of the season and Justin Williams added an assist on a goal by Jarret Stoll, giving him points in 10 consecutive games, a career high.
This game might be remembered best for a strange sequence that played out late in the second period. Kings left wing Ryan Smyth appeared to shove the puck past the goal line, but a San Jose player yanked it back out before the referees saw it and play continued.
The Sharks then scored about a minute later, causing a stoppage in play that allowed the referees to review Smyth’s goal. With the scoreboard reading, 4-1, for the Sharks, it was determined Smyth’s shot went in, putting one on the board for the Kings and taking one away from the Sharks. Suddenly, the scoreboard read, 3-2.
The Kings couldn’t get any closer, however. Patrick Marleau scored on a power play just minutes into the third period, breaking the penalty-kill streak. Stoll’s goal cut the deficit back to one with about 13 minutes left, but first-liners Dany Heatley and Joe Pavelski hit the back of the net to end any hopes of a comeback.
Kings goalkeeper Jonathan Bernier wasn’t as porous as the score would indicate, but his performance will definitely be viewed as a set back for the young backup.
Look for the Kings to regroup Wednesday against Columbus at Staples Center. We’ll have a report from practice Tuesday on any happenings.