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LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Kings spent much of the season waiting for their role players to step up.The contributions they had been seeking finally came Authentic Mitchell Marner Jersey , putting the Kings on the verge of making the playoffs.Dustin Brown had a short-handed goal, and Torrey Mitchell and Kyle Clifford also scored to help Los Angeles move back into third place in the Pacific Division with a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night.Jonathan Quick made 27 saves for the Kings, who are one point ahead of Anaheim and can secure a postseason berth by earning one point from their final two games.”It’s a big step,” Brown said. ”Things have to go really wrong for us and really good for other teams, but you’re never in until you’re in.”Alexander Kerfoot had a power-play goal and Jonathan Bernier stopped 22 shots for the Avalanche.Colorado leads St. Louis by one point for the second Western Conference wild card, but the Blues have a game in hand. The Avalanche host the Blues on Saturday in the final game of the regular season for both.”We have a young team, but there are still no excuses,” Colorado defenseman Nikita Zadorov said. ”We know we should be in the playoffs. We are a good team and we’ve worked hard all season. We’ve got to get creative.”The Kings played more than 56 minutes with just five defensemen after Derek Forbort was injured when he was checked into the boards by Gabriel Bourque. Alec Martinez played a career-high 32:11 Morgan Rielly Jersey , one of four Kings defensemen to play at least 20 minutes.”You ask big minutes out of those guys, to dig in and play with different partners, possibly play the wrong side and different matchups than you’re accustomed to,” Kings coach John Stevens said. ”I thought that effort on the back end in terms of how far they dug in and how hard they competed was excellent.”Stevens could not update the condition of Forbort, who left the dressing room on crutches and unable to put any weight on his right leg.While their defensive depth was pushed to the limits, the Kings got some much-needed offense from their bottom two lines.Los Angeles took a 1-0 lead at 9:29 of the first period thanks to an opportunistic goal by Mitchell. Bernier was caught by surprise when Nate Thompson’s shot hit the boards and bounced into the crease, jumping into the air to avoid sending it back into his own net. Mitchell charged in to score his sixth of the season.Brown made it 2-0 at 12:32, scoring his 24th on a wrist shot from the edge of the left circle.Clifford scored on a wraparound two minutes into the third period to restore a two-goal lead for the Kings after Kerfoot cut the deficit to 2-1 at 4:33 of the second Womens Nazem Kadri Jersey , going top shelf over Quick’s glove for his second goal in two games.Clifford ended a run of 12 games without a goal. Mitchell hadn’t scored since Feb. 20.”You see what guys are willing to do this time of year and emotionally invest in a game,” Stevens said. ”I thought everybody was willing to dig in when the game mattered. We all know the enormity of this game for both teams, and we knew it was going to take a second and third effort on a lot of plays to get it done.”NOTES: The Kings swept the season series against the Avalanche, limiting them to one goal in each of the three games. … Avalanche forward Colin Wilson had an assist after missing the previous five games with a lower-body injury.UP NEXTAvalanche: Visit the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.Kings: Host the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.— LAS VEGAS (AP) — St. Louis forward David Perron has zero points in two games against the Vegas Golden Knights.He has two wins, though.Perron made an emotional return to Vegas and Ryan O’Reilly scored twice to lead the Blues over the Golden Knights 4-1 on Friday night. Brayden Schenn and Oskar Sundqvist also scored for St. Louis.“It’s fun from the warm-up on to the last minute,” said Perron, who had a career-best 66 points with Vegas last season. “Obviously a lot of energy in this crowd and it’s always fun coming here. I got so many messages. … I feel the love from this city for sure.”Perron, who set the NHL record for most assists (50) by a player on an expansion team with the Golden Knights before signing with St. Louis as a free agent Nikita Zaitsev Jersey Kids , made it no secret he wanted to re-sign with Vegas, but couldn’t come to terms with the club during the offseason.“It’s unfortunate how it worked out,” Perron said. “I still wish it could’ve been different.”While the Blues improved to 2-0-0 against Vegas and 4-1-0 against the Pacific Division this season, the Golden Knights are struggling to find the same magic they had during last year’s run to the Stanley Cup Final.Vegas had scored four or more goals in three of its past four games but was shut down by Jake Allen. The Blues goalie stopped 32 shots after allowing three or more goals in five of his previous six outings.“We know what kind of team they are,” Allen said. “We played them a couple of weeks ago … very offensive, very opportunistic team. They usually get their chances most games and we were able to shut them down.”William Carrier scored for the Golden Knights, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves.After posting a career-best 2.24 goals against average last season, Fleury’s 2.52 GAA is his second-highest since the 2009-10 season.Sundqvist http://www.mapleleafsshoponline.com/aut ... eau-jersey , who has six goals in his 79-game career, has scored three of them against Fleury this season, also scoring two on Nov. 1 in a 5-3 win at St. Louis.“It’s been working against Vegas so far this season,” Sundqvist said “I’ve gotten a lot of help with all the goals from my linemates and D-men. I don’t know why it’s been working, especially against Fleury, because I never scored on him before.”Moments after Vegas opened the scoring with Carrier’s breakaway goal against Allen, the Blues tied it when O’Reilly flipped it just under Fleury’s arm.St. Louis took a 2-1 lead in the second period when O’Reilly deflected Jaden Schwartz’s shot from the right wing. Schenn scored off a faceoff for a 3-1 lead later in the period, and Sundqvist scored 59 seconds later.The Golden Knights have been outscored in the second period 28-17.“It’s early in the season I know Noah Hanifin Jersey Womens , but this has happened way too often,” center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare said. “I think the coaches probably have a better answer than I will have. It’s one bad bounce and then suddenly we’re two or three behind. I really couldn’t pinpoint what is going on. But it seems to happen every time in the second.”NOTES: The Golden Knights played their final game without suspended defenseman Nate Schmidt, who sat the first 20 games for violating the league’s Performance Enhancing Substances Program. … Gunnarsson left the game with an upper-body injury and did not return. … Vladimir Tarasenko had two assists and has a point in seven of his last nine games. … St. Louis is now 3-0-2 against the Golden Knights since the start of last season. … O’Reilly leads the Blues with 10 goals and 23 points.UP NEXTBlues: Travels to play San Jose on SaturdayGolden Knights: Visits Edmonton on Sunday.
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