Kings 4, Sharks 1
Kings 4, Sharks 1
Apr. 13, 1997
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) _ Philippe Boucher scored two consecutive goals and rookie goaltender Jamie Storr won his first game of the season as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-1 Saturday night.
Storr, 21, made 26 saves in his first win since Nov. 14, 1995, against the New York Islanders. Storr (1-1-1) was recalled from Phoenix on March 27.
The Kings closed out their home schedule by winning for the first time in eight games. They were 0-5-2 since a 2-1 victory over San Jose on March 22.
Neither team had anything at stake in their final meeting this season. The Kings, who end the season Sunday at Colorado, will miss the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year.
The Sharks, who won the season series 3-2, concluded the season with the worst record (27-47-8) in the Western Conference for the second straight year. They haven't made the playoffs for the last two years.
Los Angeles and San Jose will get high picks in the June NHL entry draft, with the order still to be decided.
Dimitri Khristich scored the Kings' other goal and added an assist. Ray Ferraro and Glen Murray had two assists each.
Boucher scored his first goal in three months on a power play at 17:34 of the first period, giving Los Angeles a 2-1 lead. The Kings converted a 5-on-3 advantage.
Boucher made it 3-1 at 4:23 of the third with his seventh goal. Ferraro passed from behind the net to Boucher, who scored between the legs of former King Kelly Hrudey.
Kai Nurminen scored the Kings' final goal late in the third. He skated around two San Jose defenders at the blue line and shot the puck in behind Hrudey, who stopped 31 shots.
Khristich's 19th goal came 28 seconds into the game. Hrudey got caught out of the crease and Khristich slipped the puck by his glove side.
Ville Peltonen, recalled from Kentucky of the American League a month ago, tied the game less than a minute later with his second goal of the season. Los Angeles failed to clear the puck and it went between Storr's legs.
Marty McSorley, one of four popular ex-Kings on the San Jose roster, and Steve McKenna of Los Angeles racked up 20 penalty minutes engaging in two major fights. McKenna, at 6-foot-8 the tallest player in NHL history, used his long reach to hold his own against the 230-pound McSorley.