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Associated Press
11/23/2006 1:38:17 AM


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau each had a goal and two assists, and the San Jose Sharks rebounded from an embarrassing loss with a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Joe Pavelski scored their first NHL goals for the Sharks, blown out 5-0 by Anaheim one night earlier in a showdown between two of the league's most successful teams.

The Sharks played without injured forwards Jonathan Cheechoo (leg) and Milan Michalek (arm), but had plenty of firepower in their seventh victory in nine games. Vesa Toskala allowed two soft goals while making 24 saves - but with the Sharks' prolific offense, it didn't matter.

Marleau got his 200th career goal and Pavelski scored in his NHL debut as San Jose recovered in style, scoring four goals in the first 9 minutes of the second period to rout the Kings in the Pacific Division rivals' third meeting in 14 days.

Steve Bernier and Marcel Goc added second-period goals, and league MVP Thornton paced the Sharks' victory with his fifth three-point game of the season. He had the primary power-play assists on San Jose's tying and tiebreaking goals, then added his own sixth goal of the season on an expertly placed shot through traffic two minutes into the second period.

Marleau added his team-leading 13th goal 58 seconds later, and Goc chased Dan Cloutier by deflecting Scott Hannan's long shot into the net midway through the period, putting the Sharks up 5-1.

Scott Thornton, Dustin Brown and Lubomir Visnovsky scored for the Kings, who came back rusty after a four-day layoff. Cloutier made just seven saves on 12 shots before getting yanked.

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