Home-ice advantage has been huge in Kings-Sharks series

Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick makes a save on San Jose Sharks centre Logan Couture during...

Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick makes a save on San Jose Sharks centre Logan Couture during Game 4 of the NHL Western Conference semifinal in San Jose, May 21, 2013. (REUTERS/Robert Galbraith)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:53 PM ET

Looking back, it was a big win.

At least, it could turn out to be.

The Los Angeles Kings gutted out a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks in their April 27 regular-season finale at Staples Center, climbing above their state rivals in the standings and securing fifth spot in the Western Conference.

Now that they’re locked in a spirited best-of-seven series with the sixth-seeded Sharks, and especially now that the home team has won the first four games of this second-round set, home-ice advantage suddenly seems like a huge deal.

“We won the last game of the regular season for a reason,” said Kings centre Anze Kopitar. “We’ve gotta make it count.”

Despite suffering back-to-back losses at HP Pavilion, the Kings still hold the hammer as the series shifts back to Staples Center for Thursday’s Game 5.


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