SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Kings are still kicking.
Goals from three different skaters and 30 saves from goaltender Jonathan Quick enabled the Kings to beat the Sharks 3-0 in Game 5 on Saturday.
The best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal shifts back to L.A. for a Game 6 on Monday. Once up 3-0, the Sharks will not have to do this the hard way, either win on the road or during a series-deciding Game 7 back at home Wednesday.
And they may have to do it without top defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who didn't play after drawing a roughing penalty from Los Angeles center Jarret Stoll at 14:09 of the first period.
Only three teams rallied from a 3-0 deficit to advance in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Los Angeles forwards Mike Richards and Jeff Carter were teammates with Philadelphia when the Flyers were the most recent team to do it against Boston in 2010.
After the Kings jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period, Carter's behind-the-back centering feed from behind the goal line caromed off the right skate of Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart for a power-play goal and 3-0 lead 22 seconds into the second period. It signaled the end of goalie Antti Niemi's night.
San Jose back-up Alex Stalock relieved for the second time in as many games after Niemi surrendered three goals on 19 shots.
Carter's second goal of the series came on a power play that carried over from the first period when Sharks defenseman Justin Braun tripped left winger Marian Gaborik at 19:28.
The Kings played their best period of the series in the first, scoring twice, playing fast and heavy while outshooting the Sharks 18-6.
Los Angeles took advantage of Sharks defenseman Jason Demers getting caught up ice to break on top at 8:09. Kings left winger Tanner Pearson led a 2-on-2 break across the San Jose blue line and dished to right winger Tyler Taffoli, who easily maneuvered around San Jose center James Sheppard for a shot that beat Niemi for his second goal of the series.
The Kings doubled their lead when they broke out 3-on-2 and converted at 12:52. Los Angeles center Anze Kopitar filled an empty net on a rebound left by right winger Dustin Brown's blast from the right side.
NOTES: Goalie stats took a beating through the first four games of the series. Los Angeles G Jonathan Quick sported a 5.05 goals-against average and .871 save percentage while San Jose G Antti Niemi had a 3.45 GAA and .889 save percentage. ... Monday's Game 6 will start at 10 p.m. EST in Los Angeles. ... The Sharks advanced all nine times previously when leading a series 3-1. But San Jose has now lost six straight Game 5s. ... The Sharks dressed the same 20 players for a fifth straight game. RW Marty Havlat, RW Tyler Kennedy, LW Bracken Kearns, D Matt Irwin and D Matt Tennyson were healthy scratches. ... The Kings dressed the same lineup as Thursday's Game 4, with D Matt Greene, C Colin Fraser and RW Jordan Nolan healthy scratches.