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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ryan Smyth had a goal and an assist, Michael Handzus connected on a power play, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Saturday after losing scoring leader Anze Kopitar for at least six weeks because of a broken right ankle.

Kopitar was checked lightly by defenseman Ryan O'Byrne against the left boards in the Colorado zone before falling backward with 4:21 left in the second. He lay on the ice for several moments before he was helped off by Handzus and a trainer, and was hunched over in severe pain when he went to the dressing room.

Handzus connected on a power play for Los Angeles, Trevor Lewis and Willie Mitchell also scored, and Jonathan Quick made 20 saves to help the Kings tighten their grip on a playoff spot and complete their first four-game season sweep of the Colorado-Quebec Nordiques franchise. Captain Dustin Brown had two assists.

Milan Hejduk scored for Colorado.

BOSTON (AP) - Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 shots for his NHL-leading 11th shutout, and Derek Stepan deflected Michael Sauer's shot into the net for the only goal to lead New York past Boston.

The Rangers have won eight of their last 10 games to move four points ahead of eighth-place Buffalo in the Eastern Conference. Tuukka Rask made 22 saves for Boston. The Bruins have lost seven of their last 10.

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