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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jonathan Quick and Anze Kopitar have been teammates since they were drafted together 13½ years ago by the Los Angeles Kings Washington Capitals T-Shirts Authentic , so the synchronicity of their milestone achievements Saturday night just felt right.And though 300 is a nice, round number, they were even more excited about a sharp win that propelled the Kings out of the NHL cellar.Quick earned his 300th victory and Kopitar scored his 300th goal while Los Angeles escaped last place in the overall league standings with a 4-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers.The Kings’ captain and their longtime starting goalie were the foundation of two Stanley Cup championship teams in Los Angeles, where they’ve been on the NHL roster together since late 2008.A few minutes after Kopitar got his milestone goal in the third period, Quick finished up his own landmark win along with his 51st career shutout.“Feels pretty good,” said Kopitar, the fifth player to score 300 goals for the Kings. “I was hoping it was going to come a little bit earlier than that, but it’s here, and I’m proud of that. … It’s great for Quickie. He’s, in my mind Washington Capitals Hoodies Authentic , the best goalie in the world. It’s very comforting to have him back there, and a privilege to play in front of him.”Quick made 16 saves and combined with his defense to end the five-game scoring streaks of Edmonton stars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.“As far as 300 wins, it’s just a group of guys that I’ve been lucky enough to play with,” Quick said. “Hopefully we keep going. We want to win some more games. For Kopi, that’s awesome. He’s more of a playmaker than a goal-scorer, so 300 goals, that’s a lot.”Kyle Clifford, Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Carter scored during a dominant first period in the Kings’ sixth win in nine games since mid-December.Mikko Koskinen yielded three goals on eight Kings shots before Cam Talbot replaced him in the first period for the Oilers.Edmonton coach Ken Hitchcock castigated his team after its seventh loss in eight games.“We had one player show up and play,” Hitchcock said. “Darnell Nurse was our best player by a mile … and that’s all we had. We didn’t compete. Their best players were their best players. We didn’t compete. This is on everybody. When you have one player that competes at a high level in a game like this, it can’t be acceptable. There’s been too much of this go on in the first 41 games. We win one Washington Capitals Hats Authentic , and then we take our foot off the gas, and that’s exactly what we did.”The poor first period was a rerun for the Oilers, who also struggled early against Arizona on Wednesday before rallying to win.“What has to change for us (is) we’re a situation-motivated team,” Hitchcock said. “I’ve only been here 20 games, and I see the situation motivates them. We lose, we get embarrassed, we get motivated, and that isn’t a playoff team. That isn’t a playoff attitude, and we have to change. But this can’t be acceptable. … I don’t know what it is, but we’ll figure it out.”All-Star Drew Doughty had two early assists for the Kings Custom Washington Capitals Jerseys , who are on their first sustained stretch of strong play after languishing at the bottom of the league for much of the season.With these two points, Los Angeles moved above Ottawa, Philadelphia and St. Louis while pulling even at the bottom of the Pacific Division with Arizona, albeit with more games played. They’re small but vital movements for the Kings after a dismal first half of the season that included the firing of coach John Stevens.The Kings ranked 30th in the 31-team NHL with only 22 first-period goals before they got three more past the Oilers.Clifford put the Kings up just 3:15 in when he took a pass at mid-ice, skated around Caleb Jones and flipped in his sixth goal. Toffoli scored after Doughty kept an Oilers turnover in the zone and set up the forward for only his second goal in 25 games.Carter then chased Koskinen with his eighth goal of the season.NOTES: Kings F Carl Hagelin returned from a 20-game absence with a knee injury. The Swede played in only five games after Los Angeles acquired him from Pittsburgh in a trade for Tanner Pearson before getting hurt. … Edmonton RW Alex Chiasson returned from a three-game absence with a sore knee. … Oilers D Matt Benning was scratched for only the second time since Oct. 25. He left the road trip to attend his grandfather’s funeral in Edmonton on Friday. Former Kings D Kevin Gravel took his spot in the Oilers’ lineup.UP NEXTOilers: At Ducks on Sunday.Kings: At Sharks on Monday. LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Kings spent much of the season waiting for their role players to step up.The contributions they had been seeking finally came, putting the Kings on the verge of making the playoffs.Dustin Brown had a short-handed goal, and Torrey Mitchell and Kyle Clifford also scored to help Los Angeles move back into third place in the Pacific Division with a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night.Jonathan Quick made 27 saves for the Kings, who are one point ahead of Anaheim and can secure a postseason berth by earning one point from their final two games.”It’s a big step,” Brown said. ”Things have to go really wrong for us and really good for other teams, but you’re never in until you’re in.”Alexander Kerfoot had a power-play goal and Jonathan Bernier stopped 22 shots for the Avalanche.Colorado leads St. Louis by one point for the second Western Conference wild card , but the Blues have a game in hand. The Avalanche host the Blues on Saturday in the final game of the regular season for both.”We have a young team, but there are still no excuses,” Colorado defenseman Nikita Zadorov said. ”We know we should be in the playoffs. We are a good team and we’ve worked hard all season. We’ve got to get creative.”The Kings played more than 56 minutes with just five defensemen after Derek Forbort was injured when he was checked into the boards by Gabriel Bourque. Alec Martinez played a career-high 32:11, one of four Kings defensemen to play at least 20 minutes.”You ask big minutes out of those guys, to dig in and play with different partners, possibly play the wrong side and different matchups than you’re accustomed to,” Kings coach John Stevens said. ”I thought that effort on the back end in terms of how far they dug in and how hard they competed was excellent.”Stevens could not update the condition of Forbort, who left the dressing room on crutches and unable to put any weight on his right leg.While their defensive depth was pushed to the limits, the Kings got some much-needed offense from their bottom two lines.Los Angeles took a 1-0 lead at 9:29 of the first period thanks to an opportunistic goal by Mitchell. Bernier was caught by surprise when Nate Thompson’s shot hit the boards and bounced into the crease, jumping into the air to avoid sending it back into his own net. Mitchell charged in to score his sixth of the season.Brown made it 2-0 at 12:32 Winnipeg Jets T-Shirts Authentic , scoring his 24th on a wrist shot from the edge of the left circle.Clifford scored on a wraparound two minutes into the third period to restore a two-goal lead for the Kings after Kerfoot cut the deficit to 2-1 at 4:33 of the second, going top shelf over Quick’s glove for his second goal in two games.Clifford ended a run of 12 games without a goal. Mitchell hadn’t scored since Feb. 20.”You see what guys are willing to do this time of year and emotionally invest in a game,” Stevens said. ”I thought everybody was willing to dig in when the game mattered. We all know the enormity of this game for both teams, and we knew it was going to take a second and third effort on a lot of plays to get it done.”NOTES: The Kings swept the season series against the Avalanche, limiting them to one goal in each of the three games. … Avalanche forward Colin Wilson had an assist after missing the previous five games with a lower-body injury.UP NEXTAvalanche: Visit the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.Kings: Host the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.—

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