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Taking the fall: Sharks' Galiardi accuses Kings' Quick of flopping before pivotal Game 5

  • Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) stops a shot on goal against the San Jose Sharks during the first period in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) stops a shot on goal against the San Jose Sharks during the first period in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Jose Sharks' Brent Burns, right, celebrates his goal with teammates Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) and Justin Braun (61)  against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period in Game 4 of their second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    San Jose Sharks' Brent Burns, right, celebrates his goal with teammates Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) and Justin Braun (61) against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period in Game 4 of their second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Jose Sharks' Brent Burns (88) celebrates his goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period in Game 4 of their second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    San Jose Sharks' Brent Burns (88) celebrates his goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period in Game 4 of their second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick sometimes seems to be the only obstacle between San Jose and the conference finals while the Sharks dominate much of their 2-2 series with the defending champions.

And if Quick needed any extra motivation to stop the Sharks again in the pivotal Game 5 on Thursday night, T.J. Galiardi provided it.

Galiardi accused the Conn Smythe Trophy-winning goalie of embellishing contact with opposing players Wednesday, claiming Quick attempts to draw undeserved penalties.

Quick has allowed just seven goals in four games, stopping 122 of 129 shots in the frequently one-sided series.

Quick's teammates haven't backed him up with consistent goal-scoring, managing just two even-strength goals in the last three games. Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter is contemplating line switches to coax more offense from his top players.