Kings maintain much needed hot streak by besting Capitals

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Just when it was starting to look like the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings wouldn’t even make the playoffs, they’ve managed to breathe new life into their season. Los Angeles earned a 3-1 victory over Washington tonight to walk away with their fourth straight win.

That’s the Kings’ longest winning streak since they claimed six games consecutively from Oct. 12-26. It also comes at a critical time as Minnesota has been red hot while Winnipeg has rebounded and Calgary continues to hold its own. Those three squads are among the Kings’ chief rivals in the Wild Card race and they would have given up two points worth of ground to all three of them tonight if the Kings didn’t beat Washington.

Los Angeles has goaltender Jonathan Quick to thank for Saturday’s outcome as he turned aside 27 of 28 shots. The Kings also got offensive contributions from rare sources as Dwight King, Trevor Lewis, and Jarret Stoll each found the back of the net.

Washington fell to 1-1-0 in its challenging four-game road trip. It will continue with a game against Anaheim on Sunday and then a contest in Pittsburgh Tuesday night.