Devante Smith-Pelly scored on a deflected shot in the opening minutes of the second period Monday night. He scored again on a beauty of a backhander on a breakaway moments later. Jakob Silfverberg then slammed a rebound into the back of the net later still.

The Ducks turned the Honda Center electric with a stunning display of offensive hockey to start the middle period of what became a 4-3 victory in Game 5 of their second-round playoff series against the sloppy and inconsistent Kings.

The Kings rallied, but the damage was done. Their frantic play merely enabled them to turn a 4-1 deficit midway through the second period into a 4-3 defeat by game’s end. That was as close as they could get as they lost their third in a row after winning the first two games of the series.

“You can’t get behind, you can’t dig yourself a hole against a team like this,” said Kings defenseman Alec Martinez, whose atrocious giveaway led to the second of Smith-Pelly’s goals. “We gave up too many chances and they capitalized.”

Now, the Ducks can eliminate the Kings with a victory in Game 6 on Wednesday at Staples Center. It remains to be seen if the Ducks can drive a stake through the Kings’ hearts, something the San Jose Sharks could not do while coughing up a 3-0 series lead in the first round.

“I’ve got to believe they think they were robbed again tonight,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said of the Kings. “They’ll be ready again Wednesday, that’s all I know. To win four games against this team is going to be the toughest job this team will ever face.”

Smith-Pelly, 21; Silfverberg, 23; defenseman Sami Vatanen, 22; and goaltender John Gibson, 20, handled all the pressure the Kings could throw at them in the closing minutes of Game 5. The Ducks’ youngsters emerged unscathed.

“We knew they were going to come,” said Gibson, who made 39 saves in his second playoff start in place of Jonas Hiller. “We knew they were capable of coming back. It’s happened before in this series, so we knew what to expect. We found a way to get the job done and got a win.”