LOS ANGELES -- Jeremy Roenick scored his 499th career goal to put San Jose ahead to stay, Joe Pavelski connected on a power play and the San Jose Sharks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Saturday night.
Jonathan Cheechoo scored in the third period and Joe Thornton had two assists for the Sharks.
Roenick gave San Jose a 2-1 lead with 9:22 left in the second period on a rebound, beating former Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart to the bouncing puck and flicking it past Jason LaBarbera's glove for his fourth goal of the season after Alexei Semenov's snap shot caromed off the goalie's chest. It was Roenick's 85th game-winning goal during regular-season play.
Roenick, who spent one of his 19 NHL seasons with the Kings, is on the threshold of becoming the third American-born player and 40th overall to score 500 goals in the NHL. The nine-time All-Star signed a one-year, $500,000 contract with the Sharks on Sept. 4.
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"I came here to be in a winning organization, to enjoy playing the game again and have an opportunity to win a Stanley Cup. That is the only reason I came back," the 19-year veteran said. "The 500 goals had no basis on me coming back. It's going to be nice getting 500, but I came back for a bigger and better reason. I'm really blessed to be a part of a first-class organization and I'm excited every day that I come to the rink."
Cheechoo completed the scoring with 6:23 to play, beating LaBarbera with a one-timer from 25 feet in the slot as the puck trickled through the goalie's pads.
ISLANDERS 3, PENGUINS 2, at Uniondale, N.Y. -- Al Arbour went out a winner this time.Nothing could've been more fitting for Long Island's greatest champion.
In his return to the bench for one night only, the Arbour-led Islanders rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat Pittsburgh.
Arbour was behind the bench for New York's four Stanley Cup championships in the 1980s and was invited back to coach the team for the 1,500th time. He earned win No. 740 behind two goals by Miroslav Satan, with the winner coming with only 2:41 left when Satan put in a rebound of Marc-Andre Bergeron's shot.
ELSEWHERE -- Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 30 shots and Anaheim beat host Phoenix 5-2, extending the Coyotes' home losing streak to six games. ... Daniel Sedin had two goals and an assist, Brendan Morrison scored a goal and visiting Vancouver dealt Colorado its first home loss with a 4-3 victory. ... Patrick Sharp scored a pair of short-handed goals in the third period and Chicago went on to beat host St. Louis 3-2. ... Marian Gaborik scored twice and added an assist to lead host Minnesota past Calgary 4-1 . ... Pascal Dupuis scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period and Ilya Kovalchuk had his second consecutive three-goal game, as visiting Atlanta rallied for a 6-4 win over Tampa Bay. ...
Petr Prucha scored the lone goal of the shootout to give the host New York Rangers a 2-1 win over New Jersey. ... Mike Fisher scored two of Ottawa's three power-play goals in the Senators' 3-2 victory over visiting Boston. ... Matt Cullen had a power-play goal and an assist, Cory Stillman also scored with the man advantage and host Carolina beat Florida 4-2. ... Matt Stajan scored an unassisted goal late in the third period to lift visiting Toronto to a 3-2 win over Montreal.