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Quick helps Kings win fourth straight, top Lightning

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Brayden McNabb had a goal and an assist and Jonathan Quick made 24 saves to help the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Staples Center on Sunday.

Andy Andreoff and Milan Lucic scored for the Kings (17-8-1), who have won four in a row and have built a seven-point lead in the Pacific Division. Los Angeles has won 11 of its past 13 home games.

The Kings begin a six-game road trip against Eastern Conference teams on Tuesday at the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"We're finding ways to win," Quick said. "I know coming back looking at this homestand, it was (against) four really good hockey teams. I think all four were playoff teams last year, (and) we weren't. You've got something to prove a little bit when you're playing against those types of teams. We were fortunate to get eight points.

"We're moving on. We've got a big trip ahead of us. We've got to leave this in the past and get ready for the next one."

Brian Boyle scored for the Lightning (13-12-3), who fell short in their bid to win three straight in California. Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed two goals and was pulled in the second period. He was relieved by Ben Bishop, who made 17 saves.

Tampa Bay was 0-for-6 on the power play, which included a two-man advantage for 1:10 in the second period that didn't generate a shot on goal.

"What makes it a little tough is we had an opportunity to take six of six (points)," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "We only got four of six, but you look back and go on a long road trip like this out west and we won two games so we've got to be pleased with that."

Andreoff opened the scoring with his second goal of the season 12:24 into the game. With the teams at even strength, Andreoff took a pass from Nick Shore and let go a slap shot from the left circle that went off the stick of Lightning defenseman Andrej Sustr and past Vasilevskiy.

Boyle tied it with his second goal in as many games 27 seconds into the second period. After Ryan Callahan got control of the puck in the neutral zone, he passed it to Boyle and the latter beat Quick with a wrist shot from the right circle to make it 1-1.

But the Kings restored the lead 12 seconds later on McNabb's first goal of the season. Anze Kopitar won a faceoff in the Lightning zone and the puck got back to McNabb, who beat Vasilevskiy with a shot from the bottom of the left circle. It was Kopitar's 400th career assist.

"He's probably going to get 400 more," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "Remember I said that too, because it'll happen."

McNabb's goal prompted Cooper to pull Vasilevskiy, who finished with eight saves.

The move didn't light a spark for the Lightning; Lucic made it 3-1 at 3:47 of the second period when he redirected a nifty cross-ice feed from Jeff Carter past Bishop for his 10th goal of the season and third in the past two games.

Bishop played one night after he was forced to leave during a 4-3 win at the San Jose Sharks on Saturday after being hit in the mask by Sharks forward Tomas Hertl's stick while Hertl battled with Tampa Bay's J.T. Brown in front of the crease.

"The change was for a spark," Cooper said. "We just tied it up, and then it went in. That's a coach's feel and [Vasilevskiy] has been so good for us. Believe me, that kid's gonna play again and he's gonna play a lot. But we were just looking for that spark, and unfortunately they got the next one and we didn't.

"I thought [Bishop] played really well in that time he was in. But we were just kind of looking for that spark, and it didn't happen."

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