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Nothing fancy: Los Angeles Kings keep title defence on track with flash-free fundamentals

Friday, 05.24.2013 / 5:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - There's nothing fancy about the way Matt Greene plays hockey, and that's why the veteran defenceman fits perfectly with the Los Angeles Kings.

Greene's return to the Kings' lineup has coincided with a return to form by the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have a chance to close out the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 on Sunday night.

Los Angeles can't match the Sharks' top-end talent or entertainment value, but the champs won the pivotal Game 5 on Thursday night with a fundamentally sound effort led by its sturdy defence.

Greene missed the first nine games of the playoffs after sitting nearly the entire regular season with a back injury. He returned for Game 4, and now the Kings have shut out the Sharks for the last 96 minutes.

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild