11-03-2007, 02:07 AM
Livin' the dream!
Methwolfe Alliance Captain
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Southern California
Pacific Division leading Kings beat the Sharks 5-2. Someone pinch me...Aubin with 45 saves? Say what? And...first place Kings? Holy shiat.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Jean-Sebastien Aubin made 45 saves and Dustin Brown scored two goals in the Los Angeles Kings' fifth victory in six games, 5-2 over the San Jose Sharks on Friday night.
Matt Moulson scored the go-ahead goal in his NHL debut, and Mike Cammalleri got his 11th goal and two assists as the first-place Kings ruined the Sharks' return from a 13-day road jaunt with just their third win in their last 15 trips to San Jose.
Aubin gave up seven goals and got pulled once in his only two previous appearances for the Kings this season, but Jason LaBarbera's backup was sensational in his first start since Oct. 18. He made 34 saves in the first two periods under constant assault from San Jose's talented forwards, and his teammates rallied with four goals in the final 26 minutes.
Captain Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton scored and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 24 shots for the Sharks, who finally returned home after playing nine of their first 12 games on the road. San Jose fell to 1-3 at the Shark Tank before traveling to Los Angeles for a rematch Saturday night.
Not everything went poorly for the Sharks: Defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh got a rousing ovation when he was introduced in the starting lineup more than 12 years after his last appearance with the Sharks, and the seven-time All-Star played fairly well.
Ozolinsh, who appeared washed up with the New York Rangers last season, was signed by the Sharks earlier Friday after a six-week tryout with the organization that drafted him in 1991. The 35-year-old, who's been skating with his new teammates since training camp, immediately got a shot on the Sharks' top power play unit.
After Marleau scored just his second goal in 12 games for San Jose, Cammalleri evened it early in the second period with a deflected shot into a crowd in front of Nabokov's net. The NHL's early goals leader hadn't scored in three games after getting 10 goals in the Kings' first 10 contests.
Moulson, a former Cornell star, was called up by the Kings on Thursday -- his 24th birthday -- when Kyle Calder went on injured reserve. Moulson got his first goal on a feed from Michal Handzus late in the second period.
Brown added his fifth goal four minutes later, setting off a round of boos at the sold-out Shark Tank, where fans expect more from a club picked to challenge for the Stanley Cup. San Jose trailed by two goals despite taking 35 shots and committing no penalties in the first two periods.
Ladislav Nagy scored early in the third period on a 2-on-1 break with Alexander Frolov. Thornton got his fifth goal with 1:13 to play, but Brown added an empty-netter moments later.
Kings LW Raitis Ivanans got a deep cut under his left eye in the first period on a deflected shot. He went to the locker room. ... Ozolinsh and Los Angeles' Brad Stuart, who spent his first 5 1/2 NHL seasons with San Jose before going to Boston in the Thornton trade, are the top two goal-scorers among defensemen in Sharks history. ... Sharks F Ryane Clowe isn't scheduled for surgery Saturday, contrary to a television report. Clowe, who has three goals in 11 games this season, injured his knee in last week's loss at Columbus. The injury could keep Clowe out for an extended period, according to coach Ron Wilson.