SAN JOSE The Sharks gathered at their practice facility Friday and were blunt about their performance the night before in a game in which they were outhit, outshot, outhustled and outplayed by the Los Angeles Kings.
"That was our weakest game in the playoffs," coach Todd McLellan said.
"Our whole game was pretty bad," center Logan Couture said.
There were no easy explanations as to why the Sharks, coming off consecutive wins at home, did not match the Kings' energy level throughout Thursday's 3-0 loss. All they know is they need to reassert themselves in time for Sunday's Game 6 at home as they face elimination for the first time in this postseason.
"Of all of the games in this series," forward TJ Galiardi said, "that was the one we didn't deserve to win."
The Sharks had different emotions Friday than they did after the first two losses in Los Angeles, games they felt they could have won. Thursday's loss had little redeeming value. They were outshot 29-24, went 0 for 3 on the power play where they managed just four shots and had just 24 hits to the Kings' 51.
Asked if he can use his frustration in a constructive manner for Sunday, Couture said, "I know I will. I hope everyone else does as well. I wasn't happy with the way I played personally. It's going to motivate me for Sunday's game. I hope it motivates the rest of the guys as well."
Penguins 6, Senators 2 James Neal had a hat trick and host Pittsburgh finished off lifeless Ottawa in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals to take the best-of-seven series 4-1.
Kris Letang, Evgeni Malkin and Brenden Morrow also scored, and Tomas Vokoun made 29 saves as the top-seeded Penguins strolled to the next round. They'll face Boston or the New York Rangers in the conference finals.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.