Game 5 first period: Kings 0, Sharks 0


The Kings’ defenseman set the tone early and played a key factor in keeping the puck away from Jonathan Quick and crashing the net on Antti Niemi, keeping the pressure on the Sharks zone. Jeff Carter’s missed open net was about the best scoring chance the Kings had all period. Carter also drew the period’s only penalty due to a check after a whistle blew that he apparently did not hear. The Kings outshot the Sharks, 9-6, and won on the hits, 24-12. And a shot of Tom Cruise on the scoreboard video got almost no reaction.

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