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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

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

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.

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