Brayden McNabb had a career-high three-point night chasing Calvin Pickard in the L.A. Kings’ 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche Tuesday night.
McNabb’s second of the season at 14:15 of the first period stood to be the winner. The goal, which gave the Kings a 3-1 lead, ended Pickard’s night early.
The Avs’ rookie goaltender allowed three goals on the game’s first eight shots and was replaced by Reto Berra. Berra made 20 saves in relief.
With the win, the Kings (32-21-13) move to within one point of the second wild card spot in the Western Conference. L.A. also has a game in hand on Winnipeg. The Kings are now 3-0-1 in their last four.
L.A. is tied with Calgary (77 points) in the Pacific Division, but the Flames hold the tie break.
The loss drops the Avs (30-26-11) seven points back of a wild card spot.
Marian Gaborik and Jeff Carter had first period goals for the Kings. Kyle Clifford, who had a goal and an assist in the win, scored in the second. Jake Muzzin added his seventh of the season in the third.
Justin Williams had a pair of assists.
Tyson Barrie and Alex Tanguay had the Avs’ goals.
Jonathan Quick improved to 28-17-11 on the season with a 21 save performance.