LOS ANGELES — Alec Martinez and Tanner Pearson scored goals and Jonathan Quick made 27 saves as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Saturday night.
Los Angeles (44-22-5) clinched a playoff spot and extended its Pacific Division lead to six points over the Anaheim Ducks. The Kings will return to the postseason after failing to qualify last season.
Boston (39-26-8) dropped to third place in the Atlantic Division, falling one point behind Tampa Bay. The loss was the Bruins’ third straight on their only California trip of the season.
Tuukka Rask had 18 saves for Boston.
The Kings scored in the last minute of the first period to take a 1-0 lead.
Tanner Pearson deflected a Luke Schenn shot from the deep slot for his 13th goal of the season at 19:09. Pearson reached a career high for goals, eclipsing last year’s 12 in 42 games.
The Kings extended their lead to 2-0 at 2:40 of the second period on Martinez’s ninth goal of the season. His one-timer off a feed from Jake Muzzin beat a heavily screened Rask with Kopitar drawing the secondary assist.
The Bruins cut their deficit to 2-1 on Tyler Randall’s sixth goal of the season at 5:46 of the second period.
Randall intercepted a pass by the Kings’ Anze Kopitar from behind the Los Angeles net and fired a wrist shot past Quick for an unassisted goal and his second against Los Angeles this season.
Ducks 4, Bruins 0
ANAHEIM, California — Goalie Frederik Andersen stopped 38 shots in his second shutout of the season to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-0 rout of the Boston Bruins on Friday night in front of 16,707 at the Honda Center.
Ryan Kesler, Rickard Rakell, Hampus Lindholm and Jamie McGinn scored for the Ducks (39-22-9), who moved within four points of the first-place Los Angeles Kings and three ahead of the San Jose Sharks in the Pacific Division.
Goalie Jonas Gustavsson made 22 saves in his 17th start for the Bruins.
Anaheim took a 2-0 lead before five minutes elapsed. McGinn scored his 18th goal of the season in unusual fashion 2:51 into the game. Right winger Corey Perry unleashed a slap shot from the left point that deflected off Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid and McGinn before trickling into the net.
Then 1:16 later, Kesler exploited another deflection. Jakob Silfverberg began the scoring sequence by stealing the puck from Lee Stempniak at the left boards and freeing Andrew Cogliano for a run down the wing.
Cogliano’s wrist shot from the left circle ricocheted off Gustavsson’s glove and bounced behind him. Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg lunged toward the right post to try to keep the puck out of the net, but Kesler beat Seidenberg to it and tapped it in for his 16th goal of the season.
Lindholm used his ninth goal 58 seconds into the third period to give Anaheim a 3-0 lead. Ryan Getzlaf stole the puck from John-Michael Liles at the boards behind the net and passed to Lindholm, who flicked a quick wrist shot from the left circle.
Rakell ended the scoring with 5:32 left by sending a wrist shot from the right circle inside the left post.
The Bruins generated three good chances to break the shutout in the second period. With 5:30 gone in the period, Loui Eriksson dragged a rising wrist shot from the top of the slot that Andersen deflected over the net with his glove.
Boston had a two-on-one rush with 5:30 left in the second period, but Andersen stopped Patrice Bergeron’s attempt to redirect Brad Marchand’s pass from the left wing into the net before Bergeron slid into the net.
Then with about one minute remaining, Andersen sprawled over the puck at the left post to keep Eriksson from converting the rebound of David Krejci’s tip-in.
Bruins left winger Matt Beleskey went to the dressing room with 3:44 left in the first period after taking a stick in the face from Ducks defenseman Simon Despres. Beleskey was bent at the waist and needed help leaving the ice but returned for the second period.