Game 5 second period: Kings 1, Sharks 0

Anze Kopitar’s rebound goal with 1:52 left in the period finally broke the scoreless game where the Kings continued to dominate, but failed to push anything across. Kyle Clifford and Rob Scuderi were given the assists in a scramble that saw Sharks goalie Antti Niemi lose his stick, then get handed one by a teammate just as Kopitar put it in. It was Kopitar’s first goal of the series and second in 11 playoff games – this for someone with 20 points in 20 playoff games last year. The Sharks went nearly 15 minutes without a shot spanning the first to second period. A Kyle Clifford penalty gave the Sharks another prime scoring opportunity but to no avail. The Kings have the shot advantage, 18-11 and will start the third period on the power play thanks to a TJ Galiardi crosscheck penalty on Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. The Kings also have more than twice as many hits recorded than the Sharks, 39-18.

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