1/23/97 -- 3:54 AM

Kings-Sharks


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Owen Nolan was simply gearing up for the second half of the season.

The Sharks forward, who had a hat trick in last weekend's All-Star Game, collected two more goals and two assists Wednesday night to lead San Jose to a 7-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

``I'm looking forward to having a stronger second half,'' he explained.

It was Nolan's second four-point game of the season; he had three goals and an assist Oct. 27 at Chicago. Nolan leads the Sharks with 19 goals and 20 assists.

San Jose forward Jeff Friesen, who also had a pair of goals and an assist against the Kings, said Nolan's scoring burst is a good sign for the Sharks, who have only 17 wins this season.

``When you get him going like that, he's unstoppable,'' Friesen said. ``He could get five or six goals a night.''

However, Nolan was scoreless on Monday, when Vancouver beat the Sharks 6-1. He was still miffed about it Wednesday.

``We took that pretty hard,'' Nolan said. ``We weren't going to let that happen again.''

San Jose coach Al Sims said Nolan's teammates obviously shared his feelings about the loss to the Canucks and took it out on Los Angeles.

``I think our guys were embarrassed by it,'' he said.

The Kings, 4-2-1 over their last seven games, have lost both of their meetings against the rival Sharks so far this season. In two games against San Jose, Los Angeles has surrendered 14 goals.

``This was the worst game for us,'' Kings coach Larry Robinson said. ``This is a team we're fighting for a playoff spot with, and we skated like we didn't care. There was absolutely no commitment out there at all.''

Darren Turcotte joined Nolan and Friesen with two goals for San Jose.

``Three guys with two goals. We put them in the same line in the third period hoping to get one of them the hat trick,'' Sims said.

Nolan opened the second period with his second goal, knocking a pass from Friesen past Kings goalie Byron Dafoe to give the Sharks a 3-0 lead.

Kings forward Ray Ferraro answered with a power-play goal against Sharks goalie Chris Terreri. But Viktor Kozlov's wrist shot went between Dafoe's legs 51 seconds later and put the Sharks up 4-1.

Friesen and Turcotte also had goals for San Jose in the second. Dafoe was replaced after the period by Stephane Fiset.

Nolan gave the Sharks an early lead when he outmaneuvered Kings defenseman Doug Zmolek and scored at 3:12 of the first period.

The Sharks went up 2-0 later in the first when Turcotte took a pass from Andrei Nazarov and beat Dafoe from out in front of the crease.

Yanic Perreault scored the Kings' only other goal 55 seconds into the third period. Friesen scored his second, a shorthanded goal, later in the period.

The Sharks put 24 shots on goal in the first period, tying a team record set March 28, 1995, in the third period against Winnipeg. For the game, the Sharks outshot Los Angeles 45-24.

Just this past weekend, Nolan had a hat trick for the Western Conference team in the All-Star Game, also played before the hometown fans at San Jose Arena.

He came close to getting a hat trick Wednesday night, but a first-period goal was disallowed because he was in the crease.

His performance prompted Dafoe to ask: ``Were the Western Division All-Stars still in town?''

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