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Round 1, Gm 5: Sharks at Kings

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Kings think Lecavalier 'can still kick around'

Success in Los Angeles may have put retirement in doubt

by Abbey Mastracco / NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- They said he was done. They said he was too old, too slow and ineffective.

But if you ask the Los Angeles Kings, they'll say that Vincent Lecavalier proved those doubters wrong.

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'Donkey' carries Sharks into second round

Determined Donskoi helps San Jose eliminate Kings

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

LOS ANGELES -- San Jose Sharks right wing Joonas Donskoi made the team this season by never taking no for an answer.

Friday at Staples Center, he made a name for himself by scoring the winning goal in a 6-3, Game 5 victory that put an emphatic end to the season of the rival Los Angeles Kings.

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Instant analysis: Sharks vs. Kings, Game 5

Resiliency, power play, Jones help San Jose reach second round

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks ended the Western Conference First Round series against the Los Angeles Kings with a 6-3 win in Game 5 at Staples Center on Friday.

San Jose won the best-of-7 series 4-1. It lost seven-game series to Los Angeles in the 2013 and 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Sharks eliminate Kings with Game 5 victory

Donskoi scores twice, including winner at 3:58 of the third period

by Abbey Mastracco / NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Joonas Donskoi scored twice, including the tiebreaking goal 3:58 into the third period, and the San Jose Sharks eliminated the Los Angeles Kings from the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 6-3 win in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round at Staples Center on Friday.

San Jose won the best-of-7 series 4-1 and will play either the Anaheim Ducks or Nashville Predators in the Western Conference Second Round; the Ducks and Predators series is tied 2-2. The Sharks advanced past the first round for the first time since 2013; the Kings defeated the Sharks in the second round in 2013 and the first round in 2014.

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Five keys for Sharks vs. Kings, Game 5

Forgetting past, trusting depth could help San Jose close out series

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks play Game 5 of their Western Conference First Round series Friday at Staples Center (10:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, CBC, TVA Sports, CSN-CA, PRIME).

The San Jose Sharks lead the series 3-1.

Here are five keys to Game 5:

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Kings must stay out of box to stay alive

Los Angeles has to avoid penalties against Sharks in Game 5

by Abbey Mastracco / NHL.com Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter guessed that everyone would want to talk about the San Jose Sharks power play on Thursday. He was correct.

That was understandable, coming one day after Los Angeles gave up three power-play goals in a 3-2 loss in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round. But the Kings say the focus instead should be on 5-on-5 play and how evenly matched the teams have been at even strength in the best-of-7 series, which San Jose leads 3-1.

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Kings turn to King again vs. Sharks in Game 5

Los Angeles looks to avoid first-round elimination by San Jose

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Game 5: SHARKS at KINGS

Western Conference First Round

San Jose leads best-of-7 series 3-1

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, CBC, TVA Sports, CSN-CA, PRIME

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Kings will go with the same lineup for Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round series that played two nights earlier in a 3-2 loss against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center.

That means left wing Dwight King again will be on the top line playing alongside center Anze Kopitar and right wing Marian Gaborik when the Kings look to avoid elimination in Game 5 on Friday night at Staples Center.

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Thornton, Sharks won't dwell on past

San Jose focused on getting by Kings in Game 5 on Friday

by Shawn P, Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton has no time for ancient history.

"I can't even remember three weeks ago," said Thornton, the team's elder statesman.

Thornton was joking, sort of. He can remember three weeks ago. He can also remember two springs ago when the Los Angeles Kings found their way back from a 3-0 series deficit and knocked the Sharks out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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