Kaapo Kahkonen stole two points in Los Angeles. Goals from Fabian Zetterlund, William Eklund, and Justin Bailey helped, but Kaapo stopped 43 out of 46 and two more in the shootout as Logan Couture and Zetterlund sealed the win for the team in teal, and two more points in the standings. Suddenly, the San Jose Sharks look like they could be a difficult team to beat again.
It would be in the second period that the San Jose Sharks would draw first blood. Mike Hoffman on the powerplay would load up from the point, but it was blocked away by Vladislav Gavrikov in the slot, but the rebound dropped in the low slot. Fabian Zetterlund grabs the puck, and fires it off the post and in to make it a 1-0 San Jose Sharks lead early. The offense was working with Logan Couture making an impact again with his screen.
Kaapo Kahkonen would make a great save and Jan Rutta was able to fire the puck up the ice to Nico Sturm. Sturm driving to the net was able to create an opening for William Eklund, and the Sharks had broken the game open. A multiple goal lead and a potential back breaking goal for the Kings put the Sharks in a demanding position. It was a good start to proceedings in the second period.
The hockey gods then decided that they hate the San Jose Sharks. We're getting to the point where the Sharks are healthy, and the light at the end of the tunnel may shine on hockey in the Bay Area yet again. Couture's back, Sturm's back, this roster looks good. Mario Ferraro proceeds to suffer an injury as he got hammered into the boards from behind and had to be helped down the tunnel.
Kevin Fiala would buy time for the Los Angeles Kings in the neutral zone. Trying to create something, he throws it to an open area for Trevor Moore to skate onto. Moore picks it up and manages to fire the puck into the top corner on Kaapo Kahkonen, who was the only reason the Sharks where in this game to begin with. It was a great shot and the Sharks were now going to be going up against it.
Jordan Spence would keep a puck in at the blueline for the Kings and sending it deep to Adrian Kempe. Kempe went around the net and attracted three defensemen with him to make sure he couldn't create chaos. The problem was that this left Quinton Byfield all alone in front and the former second-overall pick was never going to miss from there. It was a tie game, and the Sharks blew a two goal lead.
Alex Laferriere gives the puck away to Ryan Carpenter. Carpenter was able to get the puck up the ice to the feel good story of the season that is Justin Bailey, and he was able to snap it through the five-hole of David Rittich. It restored the three goal lead as Brandt Clark was unable to get back to the net and defend against Bailey. 3-2 and snapping the Kings momentum was huge for an upset against the upstate rivals.
Kaapo Kahlonen would send the puck into the stands for a delay of game call. It allowed the Kings powerplay to work an opportunity for a one-timer from the point as Drew Doughty loaded up. He unleashed it, and itbeat Kahkonen from the blueline. He didn't have a good minute and a half there, but it is what it is and the Sharks needed to live with it and move on. Getting the next one wins the game.
San Jose would get a point for the bag, and now we could move onto overtime. A goal in the extra frame would win the game for the team in teal. A win would be so nice to build confidence by beating up on the state rivals? That leading into a game against the New York Rangers who are reeling with problems right now, it would be a good base to build for the rest of the season.
In the extra frame, the Sharks would not start well allowing the Kings to come in and open the gallery at Kaapo Kahkonen. It would be the Finn that kept this game in the balance. He was sensational tonight, all game long. It would be a shootout needed. Trevor Moore was denied, which allowed Logan Couture to come in and give the Sharks the lead in the skills competition. Adrian Kempe was denied by Kahkonen and Fabian Zetterlund would walk in and finish it winning in the shootout.
The San Jose Sharks snapped a six game losing streak to the Los Angeles Kings, and they make it two wins in a row. A lot of good to take from these last two games, and the San Jose Sharks rode their netminder to a huge win tonight. Perfect in the shootout and stopping 43 of 46 in the game, the Finnish netminder stole the show and the two points for the Sharks tonight.