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Kings end losing skid with key win over Sharks

January 28, 2014

SAN JOSE, California (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings ended a run of five-straight losses and got the win they needed to stay in touch in the Pacific Division, beating San Jose 1-0 on Monday.

Among other games, Colorado edged Dallas to edge closer to the Central Division lead, and Boston claimed sole ownership of the Atlantic Division by beating the New York Islanders.

Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar scored the game’s sole goal, ending a 154-minute scoring drought for the Kings.

Goaltender Jonathan Quick earned his third shutout of the season, but needed only 23 saves to do so, with the most threat coming from a Sharks flurry in the final seconds.

San Jose had won its previous six games, and saw its advantage over the Kings cut to eight points.

Colorado’s Alex Tanguay scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and that stood as the winner as the Avalanche beat Dallas 4-3.

Colorado led twice, but both times Tyler Seguin scored to tie the game for Dallas. Seguin, the Stars’ leader with 23 goals, had not scored in 13 games. He also had an assist on Jamie Benn’s first-period goal.

Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon scored on the game’s first shot. Jamie McGinn also scored in the first period, and Paul Stastny connected on a power play in the second for the Avalanche while Semyon Varlamov made 41 saves.

Boston’s line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith combined for three goals and six assists to lead the Bruins to a seesaw 6-3 victory over the Islanders.

All three linemates scored, and Loui Eriksson, Carl Soderberg and Zdeno Chara added goals for the Bruins.

Kyle Okposo, moved off the top line, had a goal and two assists for the Islanders, and Frans Nielsen and Michael Grabner also netted for New York, which lost its third straight.

Carolina’s Jordan Staal scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:55 remaining to give the Hurricanes a 3-2 win over Columbus.

Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 shots for his fourth shutout of the season, helping the Penguins down Buffalo 3-0.

Edmonton’s David Perron had a hat trick to lead the Oilers past Vancouver 4-2.

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