By: Phillip Torres
SAN JOSE- The San Jose Sharks hosted the Los Angeles Kings for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday night at the SAP Center in San Jose. The Kings shut out the Sharks 3-0 to avoid elimination for the second straight game. After jumping out to a 3-0 series lead, the Sharks have dropped two straight games and now head back to Los Angeles for Game 6 tomorrow night.
The Kings scored early in the first period to get the scoring started. Tyler Toffoli scored his second goal of the series at 8:09 to make it 1-0. Tanner Pearson and Alec Martinez assisted on the play. Less than four minutes later Anze Kopitar scored his first goal of the playoff series with a wrist shot at 12:52. The score was assisted by Dustin Brown.
The last score of the game came right out of the intermission for the Kings. At 0:22 Jeff Carter knocked in a backhand shot, his second of the series, on a Power Play. Marian Gaborik and Drew Doughty assisted on the play.
Game 6 will be played at Staples Center in Los Angeles tomorrow night at 7 pm. If the Kings win, Game 7 will be played in San Jose on Wednesday April, 30.