SAN JOSE -- The lack of power play goals is hardly the biggest of the Sharks' problems going into Wednesday's Game 7 against the Los Angeles Kings. But any contributions San Jose can get from the now-beleaguered unit could go a long way in turning the deciding game in its favor.

Despite a number of golden opportunities, the Sharks are 0 for 9 with the man advantage over the last two games as the Kings rallied to tie the Western Conference quarterfinal series at three games each. In that same span, the Kings have converted 2 of 8 power play chances.

The Sharks in the series have converted 4 of 26 power play chances, which at 15.4 percent, ranks 11th in the NHL out of 16 playoff teams. The Sharks ranked 20th in the NHL in the regular season at 17.2 percent.

"Our power play in this series has not been our issue," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "The last two of three games, we've created some good scoring chances in those situations, but haven't finished. We've actually had some open nets where it hasn't gone in."

The Sharks were 0 for 4 on the power play on Monday in Game 6, which included a one minute and 37-second two-man advantage early in the second period when San Jose was down 1-0. The Sharks came up empty in that situation, and on another two-minute power play shortly after.

"It's going to be there tomorrow," Sharks captain Joe Thornton said. "We have a confident group and we're confident with the five guys that we put out there, we change the game and score some goals."


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Considering the way the Kings limit shots on net 5 on 5, the Sharks, who have just three even strength goals in the last three games, could use any scoring boost they can get.

"I think the series will be won 5 on 5, I really do," McLellan said. "Special teams will play into it, and if one team gets a real advantage there, then of course, that's going to settle it. But I think the 5 on 5 play is of the utmost importance to both teams."

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