Players are always searching for that extra tool, an extra edge, and Sharks forward Ryane Clowe might have flicked on the light bulb in the league by reaching over the bench with his stick to illegally play the puck against the Kings.

Not only did he disrupt the Kings' rush late in regulation, but also Clowe got away with it, unseen by the referees Thursday night at Staples Center.

"It was pretty effective. I'm thinking about using it myself," said Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi, joking in his usual dry manner.

The topic was lively after a short practice Friday in El Segundo before the Kings left for San Jose for Saturday night's rematch with the Sharks, the regular-season finale. The Sharks won one of the wilder games in recent memory Thursday, beating the Kings, 6-5, in a shootout.

They are tied in the Western Conference with 94 points but the Kings are ahead on the tiebreaker. The Coyotes, by winning Friday night against St. Louis, moved into the Pacific Division lead (and third spot in the conference) with 95 points and the Kings dropped to seventh and the Sharks are in eighth.

Still the close-up remained on Clowe for another day.

Kings Coach Darryl Sutter mused about the forward who was drafted by the Sharks when Sutter was still coaching in San Jose.