LOS ANGELES -- Backup goalie Alex Stalock will be in net for the Sharks when they try to close out the Los Angeles Kings in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series Monday night at Staples Center.

The change is one of two in the lineup for San Jose, which will be without the services of defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who did not make the trip. Vlasic left Game 5 early after being hit by Jarret Stoll on a play that earned the Kings forward a roughing penalty and after the game, Sharks coach Todd McLellan said Stoll's hit struck Vlasic in the head.

McLellan said Monday he does not have a timetable for Vlasic's return.

Matt Irwin will replace Vlasic in the lineup and is expected to be partnered with Dan Boyle, but McLellan said it's up to the entire defense corps to pick its game up with Vlasic, a member of Team Canada at the Sochi Olympics, out.

"It's not about the one you lose," McLellan said. "It's about the collective group as a whole that has to pull together and can overcome that loss."

Stalock has seen action in the past two games after McLellan yanked Antti Niemi, who gave up eight goals on 45 shots in Games 4 and 5 for a save percentage of .822. In those two games, Stalock stopped all 26 pucks he has faced with the exception of a goal that was nullified by a Los Angeles penalty.

The backup goalie said that playing in the past two games will benefit him in Game 6.


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"Playing in both rinks, too -- getting a feel for the series, the speed and the intensity," he said. "It'll be a lot of fun."

Stalock's style includes pursuit of pucks in the defensive zone, trying to help his defensemen move up the ice more quickly. Even though that can be risky against teams that have the strong forecheck the Kings do, he said he didn't plan to change his approach.

"I have to play my game. If there's a chance to go out and play a puck that's going to help us, it's my plan to go out and do it," Stalock said. "But it's a road game, it's got to be a simple game and ultimately it's about stopping the puck."

The Sharks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the series, but failed in their last two chances to eliminate the Kings. Still, forward Tommy Wingels said, the pressure isn't shifting to the Sharks because of that.

"I think the ultimate goal is to win that fourth game whether it be the fifth game, the sixth game or the seventh game of this series. Our feeling about it hasn't changed at all," Wingels said.

"We only look at the opportunity that presents itself that night. We don't look at it as mulligans allowed or a couple opportunities at it. We look at it as we want to get the job done in the present."