First period: Kings 2, Sharks 0

Kyle Clifford scored only 2 minutes, 27 seconds into the game, and Justin Williams banked in a second goal at 12:19 of the opening period as the Kings dominated play against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night at Staples Center. The Kings outshot the Sharks 12-5. The score would have been far more onesided if not for the play of San Jose goaltender Antti Niemi, who made several excellent saves in the first. Rookie forward Tyler Toffoli made his NHL debut for the Kings and just missed scoring his first goal on a charge to the net. Jeff Carter set him up with a superb pass from the left wing, but Toffoli couldn’t convert late in the period. Toffoli had a team-leading 28 goals in 55 games with the Manchester (N.H.) Monarchs of the American Hockey League. He played 4:19 in the opening period, skating six shifts.

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