- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 15, 2009

SAN JOSE, CALIF. (AP) - Jonathan Cheechoo scored in the seventh round of a shootout, and Evgeni Nabokov stopped Teddy Purcell on the final attempt to give the San Jose Sharks a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.

Milan Michalek scored in regulation, and Joe Pavelski added a shootout goal to help the Sharks snap a two-game home losing streak.

Wayne Simmonds scored for Los Angeles, and Jack Johnson had a shootout goal.

The Sharks opened the scoring when Michalek redirected a pass from Pavelski from the top of the crease at 5:28 of the first period. Simmonds tied it 41 seconds into the second, slipping the puck past Nabokov off a rebound.

Nabokov made 23 saves after missing the previous seven games because of an upper-body injury. The Sharks were 2-5 while Nabokov was sidelined.

Erik Ersberg made 38 saves for Los Angeles. The Kings dropped their sixth straight on the road and fifth in a row to the Sharks.

Ersberg stopped two point-blank shots in the final 12 seconds of regulation. Patrick Marleau came from behind the net to try and sneak the puck in, and Rob Blake tried to lift the puck over Ersberg’s glove.

The Sharks opened the overtime with 1:43 left on a power play. Ersberg stopped Blake’s slap shot 1:07 into the extra period.

Notes:@ The Kings last beat the Sharks on April 3, 2008, in Los Angeles. … Kings D Sean O’Donnell played in his 1,000th career game, his 449th for Los Angeles. … Blake returned to the lineup after missing two games because of a left foot injury. … Sharks D Christian Ehrhoff missed the game because of a lower-body injury. … Kings RW Raitus Ivanans played a handful of shifts in his second game back from an upper-body injury.

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