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Kings gain on wild-card berth

Los Angeles eight points out of second spot in West after win against Canucks

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- The Los Angeles Kings pulled within eight points of a Western Conference wild card with a 2-0 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Friday.

Jarome Iginla and Tyler Toffoli scored, and Jonathan Quick made 35 saves for the Kings (37-33-7), who trail the Nashville Predators for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the West. Each has five games remaining.

"Nobody is quitting," Iginla said. "There's not even a lot of talk about what the odds are."

Coming off a 4-1 win against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday, the Kings ended a three-game Canada road trip by winning consecutive games in regulation for the first time since Feb. 1.

 

WATCH: All Kings vs. Canucks highlights

 

"In one week things can happen," Iginla said. "Teams can go cold in a week. It happens. We just have to focus on ourselves and make sure we get hot for this week."

Video: Quick earns Friday's Pepsi Zero Sugar Shutout

Ryan Miller made 24 saves for the Canucks (30-38-9), who are 2-8-2 in their past 12 games.

"We haven't reached any of our goals. You're down about it, but that's where you have to be a professional and show up and compete," Miller said. "We just didn't have the handle to get anything behind Quick."

Iginla, who has scored in three straight games, made it 1-0 on a power play at 12:48 of the second period. It was his 625th NHL goal, moving him into a tie with Joe Sakic for 15th place on the NHL all-time list.

"To be able to tie Joe Sakic, that one is definitely very special to me," Iginla said. "I got to play with him at the Olympics, play with him at the World Cup. He's a guy I looked up to growing up and got to be on his line and watch him do his thing, it was pretty cool. I've been very blessed. It's awesome to get there."

Video: LAK@VAN: Miller stuffs Iginla at the doorstep

After scoring eight goals in 61 games with the Colorado Avalanche to start the season, Iginla, 39, has six goals in 14 games since being traded to the Kings on March 1.

"Not just tonight, since he's got here he's had an impact on every game," Quick said.

Toffoli made it 2-0 on a 3-on-2 at 16:38.

Quick, who missed 59 games this season with a groin injury, stopped Luca Sbisa from the slot 4:37 into the third period to help preserve his second shutout of the season and 44th of his NHL career.

"When you have two teams that don't score much you need your goalie to make a big save," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said.

 
Goal of the game

Toffoli picked the far-side corner perfectly, beating Miller high over the blocker side and in off the post from inside the right faceoff dot for his first goal in eight games.

"He's been up and down and fought it the last little while so it's a big goal," Sutter said.

Video: LAK@VAN: Toffoli rings puck off the pipe and in

 
Save of the game

Quick stretched out his right pad to deny Bo Horvat on a point-blank rebound chance from the right of the net to keep it 0-0 with 2:39 left in the first period.

Video: LAK@VAN: Quick extends pad to stone Horvat in tight

 
Unsung performance of the game

Canucks defenseman Alex Biega, playing as a forward on the fourth line, had five hits in 9:20, including a big one on Tanner Pearson early in the game.

"He kind of dragged us into the fight," Vancouver coach Willie Desjardins said. "It got everybody involved."

 

Highlight of the game

Iginla parked atop the crease to deflect a high Alec Martinez point shot past Miller. It was Iginla's 1,299th NHL point.

"Every goal he scores, every point he gets, he goes way up the list," Sutter said.

Video: LAK@VAN: Iginla tips in Martinez's blast for PPG

 
They said it

"Coming [here] has been fun. Even though we are chasing, each game is meaningful and intense. I've been playing with either [Anze] Kopitar or [Jeff] Carter. As a winger you can't do much better than that." -- Kings forward Jarome Iginla

 

"He's one of these guys that deserves to win a Stanley Cup." -- Kings coach Darryl Sutter on Jarome Iginla

 

"Quick was really good. We had our chances to score but it doesn't really help us. We've got to put some in the back of the net to win these kinds of games." -- Canucks forward Daniel Sedin

 

Need to know

Vancouver has been shut out 10 times this season. ... Kings forward Jonny Brodzinski played his third NHL game in place of Iginla on right wing of the top line, with Iginla moving to the second line and Toffoli dropping to the third. ... Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher returned after missing one game with a shoulder injury.

 

What's next

Canucks: Host the San Jose Sharks on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; SN, CSN-CA+, NHL.TV)

Kings: Host the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday (10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Quick, Kings blank Canucks, 2-0

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