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Kings take care of Ducks, close in on playoff berth

Apr 23, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick (32) makes a save against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Arthur Kaliyev had a goal and an assist to help the Los Angeles Kings inch closer to a Stanley Cup playoff berth with a 4-2 win against the visiting Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.

Matt Roy, Alexander Edler and Alex Iafallo also scored, and Jonathan Quick made 19 saves for the Kings (43-27-10, 96 points), who moved seven points ahead of the Vegas Golden Knights for third place in the Pacific Division.

The Kings can clinch a playoff spot by earning at least two points over their final two games — at the Seattle Kraken on Wednesday and the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday — or if Vegas loses in regulation to the visiting San Jose Sharks on Sunday or at the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.

Trevor Zegras and Gerry Mayhew scored, and Anthony Stolarz made 36 saves for the Ducks (30-35-14, 74 points).

The Kings took a 3-2 lead at 6:21 of the third period when Quinton Byfield won a faceoff in the offensive zone and Edler took a slap shot through traffic that hit the net.

Iafallo scored into an empty net for a 4-2 lead with 25 seconds left.

The Kings took a 1-0 lead at 10:04 of the first period.

Stolarz made a save on Carl Grundstrom’s shot from the right circle, but the rebound came out to Byfield in the slot. He made a quick pass to Kaliyev at the right post for the redirection.

Los Angeles was unable to capitalize on a 5-on-3 for 1:25 late in the first period, and the Ducks tied the score 1-1 at 3:34 of the second.

Zegras drew a hooking penalty on Byfield and then scored on a wrist shot from the right circle for his 22nd goal of his rookie season.

Ryan Getzlaf, who will be playing in his final game for the Ducks on Sunday against the visiting St. Louis Blues after 17 years with the organization, assisted on the play for his 1,018th NHL point (282 goals, 736 assists).

Quick whiffed on a bouncing shot by Mayhew and the puck continued into the net to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead at 9:06 of the second.

The Kings came back to tie it 2-2 at 11:33 of the second when Roy scored on a slap shot through traffic.

–Field Level Media