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5/26/2013 11:37:41 AM
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(Sports Network) - The home team has won every game so far in the Western Conference semifinal series between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks hope that trend continues Sunday, as they attempt to stave off elimination when they host the defending Stanley Cup champions in Game 6 at HP Pavilion.

Watch the game live on TSN and TSN Mobile TV starting at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. You can also chat and get updates from TSN's hockey personalities with TSN.ca's Game Night blog on the TSN GameTracker.

The fifth-seeded Kings won Games 1, 2 and 5 in Los Angeles and Thursday's 3-0 home victory gave them a 3-2 edge in this best-of-seven series.

Los Angeles has won 13 straight at the Staples Center dating back to the regular season, but the club is just 1-4 on the road in the playoffs and that record includes a pair of 2-1 setbacks at San Jose in Games 3 and 4.

San Jose, meanwhile, is a perfect 4-0 on home ice in the playoffs after going 17-2-5 at the Shark Tank during the regular season.

Of course, the sixth-seeded Sharks will have to find a way to beat Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick if they want to force a Game 7 at Los Angeles on Tuesday. Quick made 24 saves for his seventh career playoff shutout and second of this series in Thursday's blanking at Staples Center.

Quick, who also blanked the Sharks in the series opener, earned his 27th career playoff win, a new Kings record. He had been tied with Kelly Hrudey for the most in club history.

"We played well. We played hard, came out with a purpose," said Quick, who has a .954 save percentage and 1.40 goals against average in this series.

The Kings got a late second-period goal from Anze Kopitar and third-period tallies from Slava Voynov and Jeff Carter.

Antti Niemi stopped 26 shots for San Jose, which is trying to reach the conference final stage for the first time since 2011 when it lost to Vancouver in five games.

"(The Kings) came hard right off the bat, but we got through that without getting scored on," said Sharks head coach Todd McLellan. "The rest of the night, we weren't very good and moving forward, maybe that's a good thing because we have a lot to improve on and need a better effort from a lot of people."

The Sharks are second in the league with 10 power-play goals this postseason, but the club was 0-for-3 on the man advantage in Thursday's setback. San Jose is 0-for-10 on the power play in its three losses to the Kings in this series and 3-for-9 in the two wins.

Sharks head coach Todd McLellan confirmed that Adam Burish will return from an injured right hand in Game 6. The forward sustained the injury in the final game of the Sharks' opening-round sweep of Vancouver and originally was expected to miss this entire series.

This marks just the second postseason meeting between these two Pacific Division rivals. The Sharks got the best of the Kings in six games during the 2011 conference quarterfinals.

Dustin Penner Brent Burns (Photo: Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

Sharks lines

Marleau - Couture - Pavelski
Galiardi - Thornton - Burns
Sheppard - Gomez - Wingels
Kearns - Desjardins - Burrish

Stuart - Hannan
Vlasic - Braun
Irwin - Boyle

Niemi


Kings lines

Clifford - Kopitar - Williams
Penner - Richards - Carter
King - Lewis - Brown
Richardson - Fraser - Toffoli

Scuderi - Doughty
Regehr - Voynov
Muzzin - Green

Quick

Game 6 Notes

Kings at Sharks - 8pm on TSN (LAK lead series 3-2)

Home team has won all 5 games, road team scoring 5G
Scoring first in playoffs: LAK 6-1, SJ 5-0
Series PP: SJ 3/19, LAK 4/15
SJ:
4-0 at home in playoffs (21-2-5) at home including reg season (worst loss by 2G, one of the goals an EN)
9/24 on the PP at home in playoffs, ranks 1st among all teams at home
Scored 4G past 3 games, 3 of which have come on PP
Couture, Marleau and Thornton all have 3PTS in series
All 5 of Couture's goals have come on PP
Niemi is 4-0-0 at home vs LAK this season (reg+post) 1.71GAA, .946sv%
LAK:
9 of their playoff games decided by 1G
Have won 7 straight series they have led 3-2, all in 6 games
1-4 on the road in the playoffs, scoring 7G, 4 at even strength
Carter has 1G, 2A past 2 games
Richards and Carter both have 2G, 3A in the series
Quick has 5 shutouts over his past 21 playoffs starts (14-7), 1.37GAA, .947sv% in that span

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