San Jose Sharks 6, Kings 1
Eight keys to the game:
THE FACTS: The Kings had a chance to clinch a playoff berth Monday night against the San Jose Sharks but instead looked like a team just playing out its schedule at HP Pavilion in San Jose.
THE STAT: Kings goalkeeper Jonathan Quick allowed four goals on 16 shots before he was pulled 5 ½ minutes into the second period in favor of back-up Jonathan Bernier. It’s the third time this season Quick has been yanked from a game.
TURNING POINT: Twenty-two seconds after Kings center Michal Handzus scored 1:57 into the second period to cut the deficit to 2-1, Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored his second goal of the game to snuff out any momentum built by the Kings. It was the first multi-goal game in Vlasic’s career, who was plus-three to improve to plus-24 since a 3-2 shootout loss at Staples Center on Jan. 26.
HOT: Joe Pavelski gave San Jose a 1-0 lead 1:47 into the game after Torrey Mitchell snared a clearing pass from Kings rookie defenseman Alec Martinez and sent a blast at Quick. The save was made but the rebound went up the slot to Pavelski, who scored from 34 feet. Pavelski extended his career-high point streak to 10 games, with six goals and 13 assists in that span.
NOT: Kings veteran defenseman Willie Mitchell has been a model of consistency this season but finished a career-high minus-four.
GOOD MOVE: Quick didn’t appear himself right from the start, giving up that long rebound that led to Pavelski’s goal. After allowing the fourth goal, Kings coach Terry Murray figured there was no sense letting the game get further out of hand with another big game Wednesday night against the Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center and replaced Quick.
BAD MOVE: The decision to trade for Dustin Penner. He has gone nine straight games without contributing a point. The Kings gave up their first-round draft pick this June and a top-flight prospect for a player who was expected to provide some offense, but Penner has been invisible the last two weeks.
NOTABLE: Ryane Clowe, the fourth-leading scorer on the Sharks with 24 goals, played three shifts before leaving with an undisclosed injury.
UP NEXT: Wednesday vs. Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center, 7:30 p.m.