Apr 26, 2014; San Jose, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov (26) and San Jose Sharks right wing Mike Brown (18) battle for position in front of the goal during the third period in game five of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center at San Jose. The Kings defeated the Sharks 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks Have Another Chance To Advance in L.A.: Game Preview

What was once a commanding 3-0 lead for the San Jose Sharks in this best-of-seven first round series against the Los Angeles Kings has turned become just a slim 3-2 advantage, as the Sharks have failed to close things out the past two games.

Both games — Games 4 and 5 — were lost by decisive, three-goal margins: 6-3 on Thursday, and 3-0 on Saturday. It’s tough to say which loss has been worse, but undoubtedly the shutout in Game 5 has to be fresh in everyone’s minds. The Sharks were denied by Jonathan Quick, who made 30 saves, while the Kings peppered Antti Niemi and forced a change in goal as Alex Stalock came in. San Jose was 0-for-5 on the power play in a frustrating night, both offensively and defensively.

However, the Sharks cannot hang their heads. They still have the lead in the series, with a chance to close things out once again at the Staples Center on Monday night. While the Kings certainly have the momentum, all the pressure is on them to win and force a Game 7.

For the Sharks, they need to get back to how they played to jump out to 3-0 lead in the series. The offense was clicking, all four lines were rolling, the power play was producing, and goaltending wasn’t a predominant issue.

The last thing Sharks fans want is a do-or-die game on Wednesday at SAP Center.

Injury Report

Sharks: Adam Burish (hand) is out. Marc-Edouard Vlasic left Game 5 with an upper-body injury in the first period and did not return. His status is uncertain.

Kings: None

Probable Lines

SAN JOSE

Forwards

Hertl-Thornton-Burns

Marleau-Couture-Nieto

Sheppard-Pavelski-Wingels

Torres-Desjardins-Brown

Defensemen

Vlasic-Boyle

Stuart-Demers

Hannan-Boyle

Goalies

Niemi

Stalock

LOS ANGELES

Fowards

Brown-Kopitar-Gaborik

Pearson-Carter-Toffoli

King-Stoll-Williams

Clifford-Richards-Lewis

Defensemen

Muzzin-Doughty

Regehr-Voynov

Mitchell-Martinez

Goalies

Quick

Jones

Game Info

Opening Faceoff: 7:00 PM PST

Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

TV: NBCSN, LOCAL

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