Game report: Kings 4, Rangers 3 (OT)

Key play: Anze Kopitar scored on a deflection 1:34 into overtime to give the Kings a 4-3 victory Thursday over the New York Rangers at Staples Center. Kopitar’s second goal of the game and fifth in two contests this season against the Rangers capped a rally from a 3-1 deficit in the third period. The victory enabled the Kings to extend their lead to six points over the Ducks in the Pacific Division.

Pivotal performer: Kings captain Dustin Brown scored one goal, assisted on another and had the puck swiped for still another. Brown scored the Kings’ first goal, assisted on their second and gave up the puck to set up Dan Boyle’s score for the Rangers that made it 2-1 in the second period.

Quote, unquote: “Yeah, we’re looking at the standings, but for us the most important thing is our play and our game,” Kopitar said. “If we take care of that, we believe we’ll be in good shape. It’s that time of the year. You’ve got to sharpen up. You’ve got to tighten up. We’re sitting pretty well, but what is it? Twelve games now? You want to make sure come mid-April you’re game is on. These are the games to sharpen up and get ready for the playoffs.”

Gone streaking: Brown’s first-period goal extended his scoring streak to three consecutive games, the first time he’s scored in that many games in a row since March 2013. Brown ended a 15-game goal drought when he scored Monday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Between the pipes: Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick was 6-2 with a 1.74 goals-against average in eight career games against the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist before Thursday. Lundqvist returned to the net after Antti Raanta was in goal for New York’s 2-1 victory Wednesday over the Ducks.

Game report: Devils 2, Kings 1 (OT)

Key play: Defenseman John Moore scored 4:44 into overtime to give the New Jersey Devils a 2-1 victory Saturday over the Kings at Staples Center. Moore picked up the puck at the red line, skated down the left wing and then circled the net and fired a shot from a sharp angle past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.

Pivotal performer: Kings center Anze Kopitar scored the tying goal in the closing minutes of the second period, capping a prolonged stay in the Devils’ end of the ice. Kopitar swatted home a loose puck for his 21 st goal of the season, with assists from left wing Milan Lucic and defenseman Alec Martinez.

Between the pipes: Quick made his 55th appearance in goal in the Kings’ 67th game of 2015-16. Quick and backup Jhonas Enroth could split the workload when the Kings play Monday at Chicago and Tuesday at St. Louis. Quick made 22 saves.

Injury update: Kings center Vincent Lecavalier played only 3:12 during the first period. He spent the bulk of the period in the dressing room after taking a tumble over a fallen teammate. He played 5:01 in the second, his more usual ice time.

Milestone delayed: Kings coach Darryl Sutter remained deadlocked with Bob Pulford with 178 victories as their coach, second-most in franchise history. Sutter is 178-106-44 with the Kings. He can break the tie with Pulford with a Kings victory Monday over the Blackhawks in Chicago.

Freeway Series game report: Ducks 3, Kings 2

Key play: Jakob Silfverberg’s power-play goal early in the third period propelled the Ducks to a 3-2 victory Saturday over the Kings at Staples Center, breaking a first-place tie in the Pacific Division. The victory extended the Ducks’ winning streak to 11 consecutive games, a club record.

Pivotal performer: Ducks center Rickard Rakell came within a goal of his first Gordie Howe hat trick in NHL. In addition to his assist on Silfverberg’s power-play strike, he got into a first-period fight only 6:58 into the game. He also played a strong all-around game.

Dropping the gloves: Rakell scored a decisive victory over the Kings’ Kris Versteeg to cap a first-period melee between the teams. Rakell landed several right hands to Versteeg’s face and head during his first fight in the NHL.

Quote, unquote: “I’m usually a pretty nice guy,” Rakell said.

Injury update: Versteeg suffered what the Kings called an upper-body injury and was said to be questionable to return to the game. He played only 2:10, all in the first period, in his second game since the Kings acquired him last Sunday from the Carolina Hurricanes.

Milestone moment: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau recorded his 400th career coaching victory in his 663th game in the NHL, the fastest in league history. Overall, he is 400-186-77 during his coaching career with the Ducks and the Washington Capitals.

Illness update: Ducks defenseman Simon Despres returned to the Ducks’ lineup after sitting out Thursday’s victory at Arizona and Wednesday’s shootout win over the Montreal Canadiens. Clayton Stoner was scratched after filling in for Despres the last two games.

Between the pipes: Jonathan Quick made his 52 appearance in goal for the Kings. Frederik Andersen returned to the Ducks’ net after he was in goal for a 5-1 victory Thursday over the Arizona Coyotes as Boudreau stuck to his recent two games on, two games off game plan.

Special teams: The Ducks’ power-play unit clicked for the 11th consecutive game, with David Perron extending the streak with a man-advantage goal that made it 2-1 late in the second period. The Ducks were 17 for 17 on the power play in their past three games before Saturday.

Jonathan Quick of the Kings, Ryan Kesler of the Ducks named to Team USA roster for World Cup

Team USA named goaltender Jonathan Quick of the Kings and center Ryan Kesler of the Ducks to its preliminary 16-player roster for the World Cup of Hockey next fall in Toronto. They are both veterans of Team USA’s Olympic team in 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Cam Fowler, a Ducks defenseman, was not named to the team despite playing in Sochi. Fowler could be added to the roster later, however.

Game report: Ducks 4, Kings 2

Key play: Corey Perry scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period to complete a hat trick and the Ducks went on to take a 4-2 victory Sunday from the Kings in a Freeway Series showdown at the Honda Center. The Ducks won their eighth consecutive, ending the Kings’ four-game streak.

Pivotal performer: Perry scored a goal in the first, second and third periods for his 24th, 25th and 26th goals of the season. It was the ninth career hat trick for the former 50-goal scorer and his first since Jan. 14, 2015 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Quote, unquote: “It’s a game where we took too many penalties,” Kings center Anze Kopitar said after they gave up three power-play goals, tying a season high. “We’ve definitely got to be sharper on the penalty-kill. Our game, overall, has to be better if we want to beat this team.”

Streaking captain: Center Ryan Getzlaf’s first-period assist on Corey Perry’s power-play goal gave him points in 11 consecutive games. The Ducks’ captain has five goals and 11 assists during his streak, the longest active one in the NHL.

Between the pipes: John Gibson started in goal for the Ducks after Frederik Andersen was in net for victories over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday and Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday. Jonathan Quick returned to the Kings’ net after Jhonas Enroth blanked the Sabres on Saturday.

Injury update: The Kings placed forward Jordan Nolan on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury. Nolan has five points, all assists, in 52 games. He has been sidelined for five games. He was skating with his teammates until late last week.

Roster move: The Kings reportedly moved winger Marian Gaborik to the long-term injured reserve list in order to free salary cap space to acquire Kris Versteeg from the Carolina Hurricanes. Gaborik was expected to be sidelined by a knee injury until the playoff begin in April.

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.”

LA Kings assign goalie Peter Budaj to the Ontario Reign of the AHL

The Kings on Wednesday assigned goaltender Peter Budaj to the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League. They recalled him on an emergency basis last Thursday in order to replace an injured Jonathan Quick. Quick is sound again after suffering an lower-body injury and missing three games. Budaj appeared in one game, a 5-4 overtime victory Friday over the New York Rangers. It was his first victory in the NHL since April 4, 2014 while with the Montreal Canadiens.

Game report: Ducks 4, Kings 2

Key play: Team captain Ryan Getzlaf’s first even-strength goal of the season gave the Ducks an early lead and propelled them to a 4-2 victory Thursday over the Kings at Staples Center. Getzlaf scored for only the fourth time in 2015-16 and the Ducks went on to win their fifth in a row.

Pivotal performer: Ducks left wing David Perron scored one goal and assisted on two others, giving him three goals and eight points in six games since they acquired him and defenseman Adam Clendening on Jan. 15 from the Pittsburgh Penguins for left wing Carl Hagelin.

Milestone moment: Getzlaf recorded his 500th career assist when he set up Perron for a first-period goal. Getzlaf reached the mark in his 755th game in the NHL. Teemu Selanne holds the franchise record with 533 assists, set during two stints with the club.

Quote, unquote: “When he scored, everybody was really, really happy for him on the bench,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said of Getzlaf’s first-period goal. “In the history of this team, if he’s playing the way he can, like he was tonight, usually the rest of the team follows suit.”

Welcome back: Kings winger Kyle Clifford returned to the lineup after sitting out 24 games because of a concussion suffered in a Dec. 6 game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He spent the All-Star weekend with the AHL’s Ontario Reign and was activated from injured reserve before the game.

Goalie change: Jonathan Quick gave up three goals on nine shots before Kings coach Darryl Sutter replaced him with Jhonas Enroth early in the second period. Ryan Garbutt beat Quick with a laser off the rush 2:41 into the middle period, giving the Ducks a 3-0 lead and prompting the switch.

No fight club: Ducks defenseman Josh Manson and Kings winger Milan Lucic seemed poised for a rematch of their epic fight during an exhibition game in September before the officials kept them apart. Manson was mad that Lucic was mad at Hampus Lindholm after a hard hit on Anze Kopitar.

Faceoff frenzy: The Ducks dominated the Kings in the faceoff circle, winning 31 of 57 (54 percent). Among their biggest winners were Ryan Kesler (10 of 15) and Rickard Rakell (7 of 11). Kopitar was the Kings’ biggest loser through two periods, losing nine of 12. He was credited with 11 of 20 wins by game’s end, however.

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.