Kings put on a show against Sharks in Game 5

Kings defenceman Matt Greene hits Sharks forward James Sheppard during Game 5 of their NHL Western...

Kings defenceman Matt Greene hits Sharks forward James Sheppard during Game 5 of their NHL Western Conference semifinal at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, May 23, 2013. (LUCY NICHOLSON/Reuters)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:22 AM ET

LOS ANGELES - They tried to run them out of their rink.

Now, the Los Angeles Kings have an opportunity to run the San Jose Sharks out of the series and out of Stanley Cup contention, too.

The Kings tossed enough hits they could make a case for a spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and centre Anze Kopitar ensured his first goal of the series was a biggie as the reigning NHL champions pushed the Sharks to the brink of elimination with Thursday's hard-fought 3-0 victory at the Staples Center.

“I think it's fair to say this is probably our best effort in the playoffs, most consistent effort in the playoffs,” Kopitar said.

Slava Voynov and Jeff Carter also scored for the Kings, who stretched their home winning streak to 13 consecutive triumphs by keying on the physical, in-your-face formula that was so successful last spring.

The Sharks, who have rattled off six straight wins at HP Pavilion, will need to keep that streak alive to send this Western Conference semifinal to a winner-take-all seventh game.

For the Sharks, who now trail 3-2 in the series, the best news is there's a two-day break before Sunday's Game 6 in San Jose.

They'll need it.


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