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.
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.
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.