EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Marian Gaborik had two goals and an assist and Martin Jones made just 17 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as the Los Angeles Kings snapped a three-game losing skid with a 3-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.
Anze Kopitar also scored for the Kings, who had won just one of their previous five games.
Los Angeles has already clinched third in the Pacific Division and will play second-place San Jose in the first round of the playoffs.
The Oilers have lost two in a row and have now been shut out 10 times this season, seven of those coming on home ice.
The loss dropped Edmonton into 29th place in the NHL, a point back of Florida, which beat Toronto earlier in the evening.
It didn’t take the Kings long to start the scoring, going up 1-0 on the game’s first shot 27 seconds into the first period. Justin Williams threw a pass in front of the Oilers’ net and it hit the stick of an Oilers defender before ending up in front for Kopitar, who sent his 200th career NHL goal past Edmonton goalie Viktor Fasth.
The Kings went up by two 9 minutes into the opening period as Willie Mitchell flubbed a shot from the point, but it ended up right on the stick of Gaborik, who beat Fasth for his 10th goal of the season in his 40th game.
Los Angeles almost padded its lead with 3 minutes left in the first, but Jarret Stoll’s power-play shot clanged off the post.
The Kings had 11 first-period shots, while Edmonton only managed four on Jones.
Edmonton had its first real scoring chance of the game minutes into the second period when David Perron circled the net and had Jones going the wrong way, but the Kings’ goalie recovered in time to make a huge diving save on Taylor Hall.