Kings back in playoff position with 3-0 win over Canucks

From FOX Sports - March 12, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP)Kings coach John Stevens decided to put That 70s Line on hiatus for a night.

Instead, having forwards Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson play with center Adrian Kempe gave Los Angeles chances of making the postseason a much-needed reboot.

Toffoli and Pearson scored, Kempe had two assists and the Kings moved back into playoff position with a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.

Stevens shuffled his lines coming off a 7-2 loss to St. Louis on Saturday, getting the response he was looking for from Los Angeles three emerging stars on offense.

I was really happy for the Kempe line tonight, Stevens said. We talked to that line just how much we needed them to play like they did earlier in the year. It could really balance out our attack, and I thought they did tonight.

Jonathan Quick made 35 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and Anze Kopitar also scored for the Kings, who jumped into third place in the Pacific Division with their fifth victory in seven games. Los Angeles is one point ahead of Anaheim in the division standings.

Anders Nilsson made 30 saves for the Canucks, who were shut out for the second consecutive game. Vancouver has scored three goals during a four-game losing streak.

Toffoli gave the Kings a 1-0 lead 1:57 into the second period with his 22nd of the season. Jake Muzzin made a long pass from deep in the Kings own zone to the red line that sprung Toffoli on a breakaway, which he finished with a wrist shot over a kneeling Nilsson.

Ty on a breakaway there, hes not going to miss those too often, Pearson said.

Muzzin had an assist for the second straight game, leaving him one short of matching his career high of 31 in the 2015-16 season.

Kempe had the secondary assist, ending his six-game point drought.

Kopitar made it 2-0 at 14:54. His centering pass deflected off Troy Stechers stick and went fluttering in over Nilsson. It was Kopitars first goal during his four-game point streak, to go along with four assists.


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