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Discuss: Kings dominate Game 5, one win away from Western Conference final

May 24, 2013, 1:24 AM EDT

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The L.A. Kings are one win away from a berth in the Western Conference final.

The Kings, defending Stanley Cup champions, were by far the better team in a 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinal. The Kings now lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.

Here are some talking points.

  • Every game in this series has been won by the home team. So, Game 6 is in San Jose. Either the Kings buck the trend, or there’s a Game 7.
  • Speaking of home ice advantage: the last time the Kings lost a playoff game at home was Game 4 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final. That’s seven straight post-season victories on home ice for L.A.
  • Anze Kopitar scored the game winner. It was also just his second goal in the last 27 games. Quality over quantity, at least in this case.
  • Jason Demers returned to the Sharks lineup, playing his first game since April 18. His excitement may have got the best of him. He was called for boarding after running Kings’ defenseman Robyn Regehr into the boards. We would’ve also accepted charging as a call.
  • Jonathan Quick now has three shutouts in these playoffs. Returning to Conn Smythe form. Oh, and he also passed Kelly Hrudey for most playoff wins in franchise history with 27.
  • Sharks couldn’t generate much offensively. Eleven shots through two periods, 24 in total. Quick didn’t have to do anything extraordinary in this one, say for the stop on Joe Pavelski with 40 seconds remaining in the third period.
  1. ethanmacleod1685 - May 24, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Dominate? strong word

    • rocoop - May 24, 2013 at 1:41 AM

      How about “Completely Dominate”…You must not of watched the game..

  2. windmiller4 - May 24, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Another great game out of Quick. One more game like this and It’ll be Detroit and LA in the conference finals. I wonder if Galiardi is gonna accuse quick of diving again after that penalty he got?

  3. tru2joelu4eva - May 24, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    • blomfeld - May 24, 2013 at 2:15 AM

      Right back to you friend ! … with my best regards :)

  4. sjsharks66 - May 24, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Finally a fairly called game. Besides the thornton dive and sheppard make up call. Demers penalty was embarrassing. Not as embarrassing as galliardi’s though. Niemi played great, the rest of the team left him out to dry.

    Cant even be mad about this loss. Yes ethan the kings dominated us. Time for the sharks to switch things up. T Mac might be coaching his last game on sunday. This whole dump and change play does nothing. The kings dumped and chased, got the puck and took shots.

    Good win for kings fans tonight. Win or lose i still bleed black and teal and love this team. The changes need to come though.

    • rocoop - May 24, 2013 at 1:43 AM

      Great game tonight..Niemi did play great

      • ron05342 - May 24, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        Was at the game, thought Niemi was strong throughout (also, a little too much with flipping the puck back every time after a save, but that’s confidence for you).

        Niemi doesn’t let in any soft goals. He lost his stick and was using a d-man’s stick on Kopitar’s goal and just didn’t see Voynov’s. He is a world-class goaltender but he is also facing a guy that might just be the best on the planet at goaltending.

    • croz68 - May 24, 2013 at 3:02 AM

      As a huge Kings fan I have no choice but to hate your Sharks. Having said that, if you are representative of most San Jose fans then you guys are alright. Nothing worse than a homer who can’t be objective when things don’t work out for their club. You are certainly not a homer and this Kings fan appreciates your objectivity. No question you guys are playing your a***s off. I thought the St. Louis series was tough for us…

      GKG!

      • itwasafumble - May 24, 2013 at 3:18 AM

        Word. You are really being quite cool, being able to give credit where due. It’s nice to see fans of opposite teams able to agree that the other team is good, and playing well.

    • hawkeedawg - May 24, 2013 at 4:08 AM

      Excellent un-biased post SJ66. You called it exactly like it was played. Your post used to get to me but after this, I am cool with your integrity, honesty and faithfulness to your team. Thumbs up!!

    • hrudey - May 24, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      The thing that’s really telling about this series is that even when one team is completely controlling the game, the score hasn’t gotten out of hand, and neither team has shown the slightest bit of quit. Now the ball’s in San Jose’s court, and while I hope to be wrong, I imagine they’ll come out with their best effort of the postseason and see if the Kings can match it.

  5. pirovash88 - May 24, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    This is what i like to see, stellar game for quick. Time to end this in san jose.

  6. sharksfan754 - May 24, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    I WAS THE FIRST ONE WHO HATED DEMERS!!
    There is no question this guy should be no where near the ice for the sharks as a forward or defenseman. He is terrible and I promised my friends he would either make a costly turnover or take a dumb penalty ince he was officially back on the ice. I am not a psychic but boy did I nail that one with no effort.
    This game was a mirror image of game 4, with the kings showing up and dictating right away and the sharks coming back strong too late.

  7. fhuizar - May 24, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Lets close this out @ the Tank

    It would just make it that much sweeter

    GKG!

    • pennerismyhomeboy - May 24, 2013 at 2:06 AM

      yes, give the sharks their 3rd home ice loss and an end to their season

  8. blomfeld - May 24, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS

    Yes we did it friends, though I’ve gotta level with you guys … these Sharks have had me ‘seriously’ worried right from the start. Tonight should have ‘sealed the deal’ for us and it would have, had it not been for those two ‘stolen’ games up there in Silicon Valley. Nonetheless, we now need to bear down and take care of business in game 6 … and God willing friends we will ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. thewaytonever - May 24, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    Kudos to the Kings I tip my hat to you guys. They out worked us and wore us down. Back to the Tank hopefully we go 7 not only for my Sharks but this series has been so damn good.

    • croz68 - May 24, 2013 at 3:08 AM

      Another cool Sharks fan. You dudes are making it tough for me to hate you! This is quite the war our guys are in. Sharks scare me and I want no part of them in a game 7 even at Staples. Lets hope the boys can close it out at the Tank on Sunday with Quickie standing on his head again…

      • hawkeedawg - May 24, 2013 at 4:10 AM

        I agree, another cool Sharkie. I can honestly say that you guys are the most level headed of all teams fans posting on this board.

        Hats off and kudos to you and SJ66

    • namriverrat69 - May 24, 2013 at 6:58 PM

      The St. Louis/Kings series was by far the best of the first round. The current San Jose/Kings series is just as exciting and the games are close. It is unusual though refreshing to read compliments from the opposing teams fans. Whoever wins the series, it will be due to whoever can gut check it out better. Both teams are playing outstanding. Sometimes it is too bad one team has to win. Since that is the case, may it be my LA Kings.

      GO KINGS GO!!

  10. sharksman - May 24, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Kings kicked our but last night no doubt, but its not over yet
    Sharks should win in the tank then back to LA
    And hopefully the Sharks could put forth a better effort in LA
    Sharks need someone else to score besides the top guys
    Not having Havlet and Torres (yes I know he is a ahole but he is the sharks ahole right now lol )
    Has really hurt the sharks but they can still do this (it would only be a small miracle lol)
    Go Sharks
    And lets keep the love between the fan bases going , It has been a really hard fought series and no reason to be aholes to each other

  11. croz68 - May 25, 2013 at 6:27 AM

    This has turned into a love-fest between Kings and Sharks fans but I agree. I’m sure that’s how it is between the players. Hate one another and want to kill each other for those 60 minutes on the ice, but when it’s all over those guys respect one another and the talent and grit of the opposing team. Hockey has the best fans of any sport by far and I too respect all fans and their teams, with the possible exception of the Vancouver Casucks and their fans. LOL. Know the game, don’t be a homer, be objective and its all good. Having said that, I hope the Kings rip the Sharks throats out on Sunday. No doubt you Shark fans feel the same way. May the best team win! If god forbid my Kings should lose the series I’d much rather see the Sharks represent the West then Detroit and then take down either the Bruins or Pens in the Finals. Those teams already have multiple Cups and I think the Sharks would deserve one for being a very good team for many many years and for taking out the defending champs. Plus it would take the already great Kings/Sharks rivalary to another level. Again, hope you guys don’t beat us and I don’t think you will, but if you do I’ll be pulling for you guys to win the Cup.

    GKG! GKG! GKG!

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