Game report: Kings 2, Bruins 1

Key play: Defenseman Alec Martinez’s goal early in the second period proved to be the game-winning score as the Kings held on for a 2-1 playoff-clinching victory Saturday over the Boston Bruins at Staples Center. The Kings returned to the postseason after a one-season absence.

Pivotal performance: Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick made several spectacular saves among the 27 shots he stopped to bail out his teammates. His best might have been a right toe save on the Bruins’ Brad Marchand in the first period to keep the game scoreless.

Between the pipes: Quick appeared in his 58th game of the season, with his career high of 72 still within reach. Tuukka Rask returned to the Bruins’ net after Jonas Gustavsson suffered the loss in a 4-0 defeat to the Ducks on Friday. Rask made 18 saves.

Quote, unquote: “A lot of credit goes to our first period, our goaltending and our penalty-killing,” Kings left wing Milan Lucic said. “That’s the goal of the season, to clinch a playoff spot as early as you can. Last year, falling just short, definitely gives you motivation. There are still 11 games and we want to finish as high up as we can in the standings.”

Dropping the gloves: The Kings’ Dwight King and the Bruins’ Adam McQuaid fought a lengthy battle in the first period, with King sending McQuaid’s helmet flying with a haymaker. McQuaid landed several punishing body shots with his right hand. In the end, it was a draw.

LA Kings stat of the night

Left wing Dwight King won his first faceoff of the season, setting up Jeff Carter’s tying goal in the Kings’ 2-1 victory Thursday over the Edmonton Oilers at Staples Center. Of course, King was in the circle only because Carter had been tossed for an infraction. It was only King’s 10 career faceoff win against 13 losses. He was 0 for 3 on draws going into the game.

Here’s the link to King’s career statistics at :

Game report: Kings 2, Oilers 1

Key play: Dwight King scored the go-ahead goal after setting up Jeff Carter’s tying strike in the third period as the Kings rallied for a 2-1 victory Thursday over the Edmonton Oilers at Staples Center. King redirected Carter’s perimeter shot for the tiebreaking goal at 14:10 of the final period.

Pivotal performer: Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick kept it close through two periods, bailing out his teammates repeatedly. Quick stopped Oilers rookie Connor McDavid on a pair of point-blank scoring chances in the second period, for example.

Quote, unquote: “He definitely won us the game tonight,” Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin said of Quick, who made 26 saves. “Especially early on, in the first period, he made some big saves and continued to make big saves. We have to prepare a little better in these games, so we won’t have to force him to make big saves like he did.”

L.A. premiere: McDavid made his Staples Center debut after missing the first game in Los Angeles between the teams Nov. 14 because of a clavicle injury. He was among the Oilers’ best and most effective players, generating several scoring chances.

Injury update: Kings forward Jordan Nolan sat out for the third consecutive game because of an undisclosed injury. He didn’t participate in the morning skate and coach Darryl Sutter said Nolan had a “therapy day or treatment day. Whatever you want to call it.”

Game report: Avalanche 4, Kings 3

Key play: Nathan MacKinnon scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and the Colorado Avalanche rallied for a 4-3 victory Wednesday over the Kings at Staples Center. MacKinnon scored just after an Avalanche power play expired.

Pivotal performer: Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog scored two goals to help Colorado rally from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2. His second goal, a power-play strike on a 4-on-3, tied the score at 3-all at 7:38 of the third period.

Quote, unquote: “I think our first was strong, pretty slow to start the second, got a little better maybe the last five minutes or so and the third wasn’t very good at all,” said Kings winger Dwight King, who had a goal and an assist. “It was one of those things where we’ve got to be a lot sharper.”

Milestone moment: Drew Doughty scored the first shorthanded goal of his career in the first period and the first by a Kings defenseman since Willie Mitchell on Oct. 28, 2010 against the Dallas Stars. Doughty’s goal gave the Kings a 1-0 lead 9:31 into the game.

Between the pipes: Jonathan Quick returned to the Kings’ net after Jhonas Enroth started in a 3-2 overtime victory Sunday over the San Jose Sharks. Quick appeared Wednesday in his 41 st game of the season. Enroth has played in only nine of 49 games.

Game report: Kings 2, Flyers 1

Key play: Dwight King played give-and-go with Marian Gaborik and then scored a first-period goal that propelled the Kings to a 2-1 victory Saturday over the Philadelphia Flyers at Staples Center. King’s goal was his second in his third game since returning to the lineup from a broken foot.

Pivotal performer: Jonathan Quick made 29 saves, stopping all but Brayden Schenn’s power-play goal in the third period. He continues to seek the 41st shutout of his NHL career, which would move him past John Vanbiesbrouck and Frank Brimsek for the most by an American-born goaltender.

Gone streaking: The Kings’ victory was their fifth in a row, all with Quick in goal. Quick has a 1.40 goals-against average, a .954 save percentage and one shutout during the streak. Quick is expected to start Monday against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver.

Quote, unquote: “It feels good winning,” Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. “When we come to the rink on a winning streak, everything is just so much more fun and we want to continue feeling that way. We don’t want to come to the rink unhappy, so I figure why not just keep winning?”

Milestone moment: Defenseman Jake Muzzin’s assist on Doughty’s power-play goal in the second period was his 100th point in his 246th game in the NHL. It also was his 18th point of 2015-16. He has four goals and 14 assists with a plus-7 defensive rating in 38 games.

Injury update: Kings center Jeff Carter sat out for the fourth consecutive game because of an upper-body injury suffered during the first period of a 4-3 overtime victory Dec. 26 over the Arizona Coyotes. Carter has been skating, but isn’t sound enough to play.

Game report: Sharks 5, Kings 3

Key play: Joe Pavelski scored two power-play goals only 1 minute, 32 seconds apart in the third period to rally the San Jose Sharks a 5-3 victory Tuesday over the Kings at Staples Center. Pavelski’s goals were his team-leading 17th and 18th of the season.

Pivotal performer: Right wing Tyler Toffoli scored his team-leading 13th and 14th goals, one in each of the first two periods, to help the Kings build a 3-2 lead over the Sharks going into the third. Toffoli’s first goal came only 1:40 into the game.

Quote, unquote: “They shoot the puck, they get to the net and they have guys who get sticks on pucks and it’s obviously tough on goalies to make saves when it’s going off two different guys and it’s going into the net,” Toffoli said of the Sharks’ power play, which clicked twice in four chances Tuesday.

Between the pipes: Jonathan Quick returned to the Kings’ net after Jhonas Enroth started in their 5-0 loss Saturday to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Martin Jones, Quick’s former backup with the Kings, started for the Sharks and made his 28th appearance of the season.

Injury update: Kings left wing Dwight King skated with his teammates during their morning skate and he stayed on the ice long after they departed. King has resumed skating with the Kings this week after suffering a broken foot in an exhibition game that’s sidelined him for all 33 games. It’s uncertain when King might be sound enough to return to the lineup.

LA Kings trade O’Neill, place King on IR to reach 23-player limit

The Kings on Tuesday traded forward Brian O’Neill to the New Jersey Devils for a seventh-round pick in the 2017 draft. They also lost goaltending prospect J.F. Berube to the New York Islanders, who claimed him off waivers. Forward Dwight King was played on injured reserve because of an upper-body injury.

In addition, the Kings reached the NHL’s 23-player roster limit by assigning defensemen Vincent LoVerde and Jamie McBain to their new AHL team in Ontario. LoVerde and McBain also were placed on waivers Monday, but they cleared Tuesday at 9 a.m., and will join the Reign.