Goaltender Jonathan Quick gained his 28th career shutout, making 23 noteworthy saves, one with a second remaining in the game.
Anze Kopitar got the one and only goal of the night from Jake Muzzin and Jeff Carter at 17:56 in the second period.
This was the first goal the Kings scored in 154:43 minutes of play, and first win in their last seven meeting with the Sharks. They also broke the Sharks six-game winning streak.
The Sharks were ready for a physical play, recording 19 hits in the first period alone. It was the first meeting between the two teams, since the collision between the Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl and Kings Dustin Brown occurred on December 19, leaving Hertl injured. But they didn’t keep that physicality going throughout the rest of the game.
The Kings were moving the puck much better than in previous games and creating better offensive chances. However, they continued to struggle on the power-play and man-advantages.
Defenseman Matt Greene returned to the line-up due to Alec Martinez being out for a hyperextended elbow from the collision with Andrew Cogliano of the Anaheim Ducks and Quick in the third period of Saturday’s Stadium Series game. Greene has been out since reportedly suffering a concussion on January 13.
The Kings are headed to Jobing.com arena to take on the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday before they return to a four-game home stand before the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi break.
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