Kings-Sharks Recap: Los Angeles Beats San Jose in Season Finale, Clinches #5 Seed in West

To the playoffs we go. GKG. - USA TODAY Sports

At the Staples Center, the Kings hold off the Sharks for a 3-2 regulation victory, allowing them to move ahead of San Jose in the final standings. For the fourth straight season, the Kings finish second in the Pacific Division. They will begin their official defense of the Stanley Cup in St. Louis.

Though the Los Angeles Kings threw away a chance to earn home ice in Round 1 with a couple of lackluster performances against the Wings and the Wild, Saturday offered the Kings a chance to choose their opponent and finish the regular season on a high note. They did just that, beating the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Fan Appreciation Night to earn the fifth seed in the West.

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