Kings Team Report
Sean O'Donnell might take some ribbing from his teammates about his age, particularly since when he started his NHL career, his current defensive partner, rookie Drew Doughty, was five years old.
There's no laughing, however, about all O'Donnell has accomplished in his career. O'Donnell, who played his 1,000th game in the Kings' 2-1 shootout loss to San Jose on Saturday, has done just about everything possible.
O'Donnell won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 and was a team captain during the first season of the Minnesota Wild in 2000-01.
Acquired from the Ducks in a trade near the end of training camp, O'Donnell has been solid for the Kings this season, with 10 assists and a plus-1 rating in 67 games, but has been even more valuable off the ice.
"Sean is exactly what you are looking for in a veteran player," Kings general manager Dean Lombardi said. "As an older veteran, he logged a lot of ice time (this season) and gave us a lot of quality minutes. But the biggest thing with OD is the character."
O'Donnell signed a one-year contract extension with the Kings on March 4.
SHARKS 2, KINGS 1 (OT): Kings goalie Erik Ersberg had one of his best games of the season as he stopped 38 shots and helped kill all eight San Jose power plays, but Ersberg couldn't get a lift from the Kings' offense. Other than Wayne Simmonds' game-tying goal early the second period, the Kings put little sustained pressure on the Sharks and lost when Jonathan Cheechoo scored in the seventh round of the shootout.
Notes and Quotes
--The Kings' longshot chances of making the playoffs got even longer with Saturday's loss, and the schedule isn't in their favor for the rest of the season. After a Monday home game against Nashville, which is also battling for a playoff spot in the tight Western Conference, the Kings face a six-games-in-10-days road trip that includes games at Boston, Pittsburgh and Chicago. Only three of the Kings' final 13 games will be at home.
--The Kings fell to 0-3-2 against the Sharks this season. The Kings have totaled six goals in those five games against the Sharks and have gone 2-for-22 on the power play. The Kings went 0-for-4 on the power play in Saturday's loss. On the other hand, the Kings are 21-for-23 on the penalty kill against the Sharks this season.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We played very well. Coming into San Jose at 3 in the morning from Vancouver and coming out with that kind of performance, it was as good as they can play." -- Kings coach Terry Murray
Strategy and Personnel
GOALTENDERS: Erik Ersberg, Jonathan Quick.
DEFENSEMEN: Sean O'Donnell, Drew Doughty, Kyle Quincey, Matt Greene, Jack Johnson, Denis Gauthier.
FIRST LINE: Teddy Purcell, Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown.
SECOND LINE: Alexander Frolov, Jarret Stoll, Peter Harrold.
THIRD LINE: Kyle Calder, Michal Handzus, Wayne Simmonds.
FOURTH LINE: Raitis Ivanans, Derek Armstrong, Kevin Westgarth.
--G Erik Ersberg got his first start since March 5, when he was pulled after two periods of an eventual 5-4 overtime loss to Dallas. On Saturday, Ersberg stopped 38 of 39 shots and lost his fifth consecutive decision. Ersberg has not been credited with a victory since a 3-1 win over Minnesota on Dec. 13.
--LW Alexander Frolov assisted on RW Wayne Simmonds' second-period goal and extended his scoring streak to six games.
--RW Wayne Simmonds scored a second-period goal and broke a 15-game streak without a goal.
--C Oscar Moller was a healthy scratch. Moller had recently been given a bigger role with the Kings, and was moved to his natural position of center (from right wing), but Moller has only one goal and one assist in six games since he returned from a shoulder injury.
--LW Kyle Calder returned to the lineup, after being a healthy scratch in Friday's loss to Vancouver, and skated on the Kings' third line alongside C Michal Handzus and RW Wayne Simmonds. Calder had recently fallen into a fourth-line role with the Kings and did not record a point Saturday. He has one goal and two assists in his last 18 games. Calder did not have a point in Saturday's game.