Sharks Win the Division

Sharks slam Kings 6-1

By NBC Bay Area Sports
|  Tuesday, Apr 5, 2011  |  Updated 6:31 AM PDT
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Sharks Win the Division

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San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton (19) celebrates his goal with teammate Patrick Marleau (12) and others during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday, April 4, 2011, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist to give him 999 career points and help the San Jose Sharks clinch their fourth straight Pacific Division title with a 6-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.

Kyle Wellwood added a goal and two assists, and defensemen Dan Boyle and Marc-Edouard Vlasic also scored for the Sharks, who won for the eighth time in nine games.

Joe Pavelski and Devin Setoguchi also scored as San Jose moved one point past Detroit for second place in the Western Conference with 103 points with three games remaining.

Michal Handzus scored the lone goal for the Kings, who lost for the second time in seven games and missed a chance to clinch a playoff berth. Los Angeles remained tied for fourth in the West with Phoenix.

The Sharks have three more regular season games remaining. Wednesday in Anaheim the Sharks face the Ducks then go back to back against the Coyotes on Friday and Saturday.

The game Friday is at Phoenix before the season wraps up the next night in San Jose.

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