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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Marian Gaborik scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and the Los Angeles Kings spoiled San Jose's outdoor party with a 2-1 victory over the Sharks on Saturday night.
Kyle Clifford also scored and Jonathan Quick made 31 saves as the Kings won their seventh straight game and dealt even more heartbreak to their Northern California rivals after knocking San Jose out of the playoffs the past two seasons.
Gaborik silenced an enthusiastic crowd of 70,205 just over 4 minutes into the third period when he took the puck away from Brent Burns in the neutral zone and skated in before beating Antti Niemi with a shot from the top of the circle.
Burns scored the lone goal for the Sharks, who have lost six of eight games to put their 10-season streak of playoff appearances in jeopardy. Niemi made 27 saves.