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1/12/2007 1:27:02 AM


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patrick Marleau set a franchise record for goals, Mark Bell and Milan Michalek scored the tying and go-ahead goals 4 1/2 minutes apart in the second period, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-2 on Thursday night.

Rookie Ryane Clowe also scored for the Sharks with an assist from Marleau, and Vesa Toskala posted his fourth straight victory with 22 saves, helping the Sharks win for the fourth time in five games. Patrick Rissmiller scored into an empty net with 1:26 to play and also assisted on Marleau's goal.

Rookie Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist and Michael Cammalleri also scored for Los Angeles.

The game featured a matchup of the NHL's top power play and the league's second-worst penalty-killing team. To no one's surprise, the Sharks capitalized on Sean Avery's slashing penalty to grab a 2-1 lead at 12:19 of the second. Mathieu Garon stopped Jonathan Cheechoo's backhanded wraparound attempt, but couldn't control the rebound and Michalek backhanded the puck over Garon's left shoulder for his 12th goal.

Marleau made it 3-1 with 62 seconds left in the period, converting another rebound after Garon made a glove save on rookie Joe Pavelski. It was the 12th goal this season for the Sharks' captain and 207th of his career, breaking Owen Nolan's record. Nolan played in 115 fewer games for the Sharks than Marleau, who was the second overall pick in the 1997 behind current linemate Joe Thornton.

Clowe scored San Jose's fourth goal on a deflection of Doug Murray's slap shot from the left boards. It was the sixth goal in four games for the 24-year-old left-wing after missing the previous 14 games because of foot and groin injuries. He had his first career hat trick last Saturday against Columbus.

Bell's sixth goal, a short wrist shot that beat Garon to the glove side, made it 1-1 at 7:48 of the second.

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