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Kings continue to travel down victory road

Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov blocks a shot as teammate Kyle McLaren battles the King's Anze Kopitar during the second period Wednesday.
Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov blocks a shot as teammate Kyle McLaren battles the King's Anze Kopitar during the second period Wednesday. AP

LOS ANGELES -- Milan Michalek scored two goals and the San Jose Sharks set a club record with their seventh consecutive road victory, beating Los Angeles 3-2 on Wednesday night and handing the Kings their eighth straight loss overall.

Joe Pavelski also scored and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 29 shots as the Sharks began a four-game road trip. The previous club mark for consecutive road wins was Nov. 30-Dec. 19, 2001.

Rob Blake and Lubomir Visnovsky scored power-play goals for Los Angeles, which owns the NHL's worst record at 12-24-2. Dustin Brown, the team's leading goal scorer, returned to the lineup after missing two games because of a shoulder injury.

The losing streak is the Kings' longest since 2003-04, when they dropped their final 11 games. They have won only four of their last 22 overall with two of those victories coming at San Jose.

Los Angeles goalie Jason LaBarbera absorbed his fifth loss in five games after missing the previous eight because of a rib injury. He allowed two goals on nine shots in the first 12:43 of play and was pulled by coach Marc Crawford, who was booed by the sellout crowd of 18,118 when his name was announced along with the starting lineup.

Jonathan Cheechoo returned to the San Jose lineup after missing seven games because of a groin injury. Cheechoo has only four goals in 29 games this season after leading the team with 37 last season and leading the league with a career-high 56 in 2005-06.

OTHER GAMES -- Jaromir Jagr scored twice to end a 10-game goal-scoring slump and Brendan Shanahan set up two power-play goals in the third period to help the host New York Rangers beat Carolina 4-2. ... Chris Osgood stopped 20 shots for his 45th career shutout, leading Detroit to a 5-0 victory over host St. Louis. ... Dany Heatley had a goal and two assists, Martin Gerber made 29 saves and visiting Ottawa beat Buffalo 5-3. ... Mike Comrie scored with 9.6 seconds left in overtime, Wade Dubielewicz made 22 saves in relief of injured Rick DiPietro, and the host New York Islanders beat Toronto 4-3. ... Pascal Leclaire made 21 saves for his league-leading seventh shutout and host Columbus beat Atlanta 2-0. ... Matt Bradley scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:53 left, and host Washington ended a three-game skid by beating Tampa Bay 3-2. ... Robert Lang scored two goals in the third period and host Chicago beat Nashville 5-2 for its season-high fourth consecutive win. ... Brenden Morrow had two goals, Mike Ribeiro matched a career high with his 20th goal and added two assists, and Dallas routed visiting Minnesota 8-3.

SLAP SHOTS -- Bruce Boudreau became the Capitals' coach when the team dropped the "interim" tag from his title. ... Nicklas Lidstrom and the Red Wings agreed to a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2009-10 season. The deal is worth about $15 million. ... The Blackhawks put Martin Havlat on injured reserve for at least a week because of a groin injury.

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