VANCOUVER - Chris Higgins scored in a shootout and Eddie Lack made 36 saves as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Monday night.
Daniel Sedin scored in regulation as Canucks (46-29-5) broke a two-game slump down the home stretch of the regular season.
Vancouver solidified its spot in second place in the Pacific Division with 97 points, four points ahead of Calgary and the Kings. The Canucks, who now control their destiny, have two more games remaining in their regular season.
Dwight King scored for the Kings (39-25-15), who moved into a third-place tie at 93 points with Calgary in the Pacific Division. However, the Flames own a tiebreaker with more regulation and overtime wins this season.
Los Angeles also dropped one point behind Winnipeg for the second wild card entry. The Jets downed the Wild 2-0 earlier in the night.
Jonathan Quick made 37 saves in regulation and overtime.
The Kings jumped out in front only a 1:13 in when Jeff Carter skated hard down the right side and threw the puck into the crease where King put it in to make it 1-0.
With L.A. on the power play minutes later for a holding penalty to Yannick Weber, Lack looked sharp as he stoned Drew Doughty on a slap shot.
Quick was equally impressive at the other end, as he stopped a point-black wrist shot from Bo Horvat at the period's midway mark.
Lack was back at it half way through the second, standing tall on a 2-on-1 against Anze Kopitar, who took a dish pass from Marian Gaborik, but couldn't beat the Vancouver goalie.
Again Quick made an equally spectacular save seconds later when he robbed Canuck forward Ronald Kenins from in-close.
Vancouver defenceman Luca Sbisa almost tied it eight minutes into the third. Sbisa was wide open in the slot, but his hard slap shot was redirected just wide.
The Canucks finally solved Quick shortly after with a power-play goal at 9:54 of the third. Henrik Sedin skated behind the net before backhanding a no-look pass to his Daniel at the face-off circle. Daniel fired it past Quick to tie the game and the crowd erupted. The assist was Henrik's 700th of his career.
Notes: The Canucks finish out their season with home games against Arizona and Edmonton on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. ... The Kings have three more games, at Calgary, at Edmonton, and back home to San Jose for their season finale Saturday.