Dustin Penner sparked a three-goal third-period blitz that broke open a tie game and carried the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night that extended their winning streak to four games.
Penner, Dwight King and Kyle Clifford all found the net during a span of 8 minutes, 15 seconds against Pekka Rinne, who was trying to become the first goalie this season to reach the 40-win mark and the first in Predators history.
The Kings' seventh win in nine games, coupled with San Jose's 3-2 overtime win against Detroit, tied Los Angeles with the Sharks for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot, one point behind seventh-place Colorado and one ahead of 10th-place Phoenix.
The Kings are only one point behind Pacific Division-leading Dallas, and could take over third place in the conference by overtaking the Stars.
Anze Kopitar had Los Angeles' other goal and Jonathan Bernier made 19 saves in his 12th start of the season.