Mike Richards scored the tiebreaking goal, Jonathan Quick made 19 saves and the Los Angeles Kings crept closer to the Anaheim Ducks atop the Pacific Division standings Saturday night with a 2-1 victory in the final Freeway Faceoff of the regular season.
Drew Doughty had a goal and an assist as the defending Stanley Cup champions solidified their hold on a top-four seed in the Western Conference by holding off the powerful Ducks, who have lost two straight.
Los Angeles (24-14-4) trails division-leading Anaheim (27-10-5) by seven points with six games to play.
Ryan Getzlaf scored a short-handed goal and Viktor Fasth stopped 16 shots for the Ducks, who have lost in their past five trips to Staples Center.
The clubs split their four-game Freeway Faceoff series, with the home team winning each time. Fans already are wondering whether the Kings and Ducks will meet in the postseason for the first time in their 20 years together in the NHL.
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