LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings became the latest piece of road kill for the San Jose Sharks.
Brian Boucher stopped 29 shots for his second victory in two starts with the Pacific Division leaders, who won their ninth consecutive away from home and got goals from Joe Thornton and Patrick Rismiller in a 2-1 victory over the cellar-dwelling Kings on Tuesday night.
Boucher, who spent most of this season with the AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms before signing with San Jose as a free agent Feb. 26, beat St. Louis 2-0 on March 1 in his only other start with the Sharks. Evgeni Nabokov, who has started in net for all but three games for San Jose this season, will be back between the pipes tonight against Minnesota.
"These back-to-back games, with the travel that we've had, it's huge to have the confidence that we have in Boosh," said coach Ron Wilson, whose team was outshot 10-1 in the third period. "He did a great job, especially at the end."
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Boucher, who had five consecutive shutouts with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2003-04, was 4:47 away from his 15th career shutout when Lubomir Visnovsky used Milan Michalek as a screen and beat the goalie high to the glove side with a slap shot from the top of the left circle.
The Kings nearly tied it, but Boucher got a piece of Michael Cammalleri's short wrist shot with 9 seconds remaining after the Kings' forward carried the puck down the slot and made a sensational move to get past defenseman Brian Campbell.
"You just take it day-by-day, work hard in practice and try your best to stay sharp so that when you get the call, you know you put the work in and left nothing to chance," Boucher said.
In a matchup between the NHL's second-worst power play and the league's second-best penalty-killing unit, the Kings were 0-for-4 with the man advantage.
ELSEWHERE — Alexander Ovechkin is the first Capital to record 100 points in a season twice, scoring a goal and two assists in Washington's 4-2 win over host Nashville. Curtis Glencross scored two third-period goals and Edmonton won its third in a row, 8-4 victory over visiting Phoenix. Brad Boyes scored his 38th goal of the season and was the only player to score in the shootout as St. Louis ended a 10-game road slide with a 4-3 win over host Montreal. Pavel Kubina's third-period power-play goal helped Toronto keep alive its hopes for a playoff spot in a 3-1 win over the host New York Islanders. Backup goalie Fredrik Norrena made 18 saves for his first shutout of the season and fourth of his career as Columbus beat visiting Calgary 3-0. Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Vaclav Prospal scored goals and host Philadelphia kept its hold on the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference in a 3-2 win over Atlanta. Sean Avery posted his third two-goal effort in a month and Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves for the New York Rangers in a 5-2 victory over visiting Pittsburgh.