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Win Streak Continues A-Bruin as LA Kings Get Past Boston

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Game 71; 44-22-5

LOS ANGELES — They got off to a fast start and in the end, it was enough as the Los Angeles Kings edge the Boston Bruins by a 2-1 count to sweep the season series and win their fourth-straight game.

As important as said winning streak is, though, this game marked something more significant.

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Coupled with Arizona‘s loss shortly before, the Kings win means that they become the first team in the Western Conference to clinch a playoff spot. This news may not have been too significant in recent years but after their disappointing miss last spring, fans of the silver-and-black are now more rejuvenated than ever to know their team is returning to the big dance.

As for the game itself, Tanner Pearson and Alec Martinez scored both of Los Angeles’s goals with Luke Schenn, Vincent Lecavalier, Jake Muzzin and Anze Kopitar all supplying the assists.

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Photo credit: Aaron Poole/NHLI via Getty Images

Unfortunately for Kopitar, a rare defensive miscue saw him give the puck away to Tyler Randell who made no mistake on Jonathan Quick to make it 2-1. But that was Los Angeles’s biggest mistake of the night and in the end, it didn’t cost them anything as they skate away with the two points.

Speaking of Quick, he was masterful in this one, stopping 27 Boston shots to pick up his 37th win of the season — just two shy of his career=high.

With a playoff spot now guaranteed, the Kings hit the road for a couple, beginning in Music City on Monday night against the Nashville Predators.

About Ryan Cowley

Ryan Cowley has been writing about the Los Angeles Kings since 2009, beginning as the head writer and editor of Make Way for the Kings since its inception. Until the summer of 2015, Make Way was run by the FanvsFan Network (www.makewayforthekings.com) but has since become independent at its new address: www.makewayforthekings.net Ryan is an NHL-accredited writer who has covered such events as the Stanley Cup Final and Stadium Series. He is also a graduate of Comedy Writing & Performance from Humber College in Toronto, Ontario.

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