SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The way the Los Angeles Kings have been struggling to score goals, they were fortunate one was enough to snap their five-game losing streak.
Anze Kopitar broke Los Angeles' long scoreless drought and Jonathan Quick earned his third shutout of the season to help the Kings snap their skid with a 1-0 victory Monday night over the San Jose Sharks.
"We needed a win like this to break out of the slump," Kopitar said. "Quickie was obviously solid back there and gave us a chance to win. I guess one was enough."
Kopitar's goal late in the second period ended a stretch of more than 154 minutes without a score for the Kings, who avoided their first six-game skid since December 2007.
They did it with defense as Quick needed to make only 23 saves, including a sprawling glove save early against Bracken Kearns and then a body save on Dan Boyle just before the final buzzer to seal the win.
"That's a huge win for us," Quick said. "They're a great team in their own building. We got the two points. Now we're going to move on and forget about it."
The game ended a streak of 15 straight games between the California rivals that were won by the home team, including all seven contests in last year's second-round playoff series won by the Kings. Los Angeles had dropped nine straight in San Jose since winning Game 5 of a first-round series in 2011 and had not won a regular season game here since Dec. 27, 2010.
Alex Stalock made 20 saves for the Sharks, who had won six straight games. But he got little offensive help as San Jose got just nine shots the first two periods and came up empty on three power plays to lose at home in regulation for just the third time all season.
"We've played them enough over the last couple years to know it's defense-first on both teams and scoring's going to be hard to come by," captain Joe Thornton said. "You saw it tonight and in our previous games and even in the postseason, every game's a one-goal game and they usually end 1-0 or 2-1."
The Kings broke their scoreless drought late in the second period on a nifty move by Kopitar.
Brent Burns deflected a pass from Jeff Carter to a streaking Kopitar. But Kopitar still managed to gather it and stopped just outside the crease to make Stalock commit before tucking it into the net to give Los Angeles the lead with 2:05 remaining in the second period.