LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jonathan Quick posted his fourth shutout of the season and Brad Richardson scored in the first period, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 1-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday night.
One night after a loss at Anaheim in which they gave up the tying goal with 32 seconds left in the third period and the deciding goal 14 seconds into overtime, the Islanders absorbed their 12th one-goal loss of the season and fifth this month.
The Kings, seeking their first playoff berth since 2002, climbed over Colorado into sixth place in the Western Conference. They have a six-point lead over ninth-place Calgary with 10 games left.
New York is six points out of a playoff spot with 10 games remaining, but the Islanders would have to jump over five teams to qualify for the postseason.
Quick made 26 saves en route to his eighth career shutout and third in nine starts. He got a break less than 1½ minutes into the second period when rookie John Tavares beat him to the glove side and hit the right post with a wrist shot from the left circle. The No. 1 pick in last year's draft had another great chance with just over a minute left in the period, but Quick made a sprawling save on his stomach to stop Tavares' short backhander.
Coming off a 3-0 home loss to Chicago, the Kings took the lead at 13:35 of the first with Richardson's 11th goal. He beat Dwayne Roloson to the stick side with a wrist shot after forward Kyle Okposo lost control of the puck in the left corner and Wayne Simmonds passed it into the slot.
The Islanders are 0-4 with one tie against the Kings since beating them on Feb. 15, 2003, at Los Angeles. This was their first visit since a loss on Oct. 12, 2006.
Roloson stopped 25 shots, including Jarret Stoll's bid for a short-handed goal with 15:44 left. The Kings thwarted all four Islanders power plays, extending Los Angeles' streak to 24 straight penalty-kills.
NOTES: Richardson didn't have a goal in 31 games with the Kings last season. ... Tavares is the second player in Islanders history to wear No. 91. The other was Butch Goring, who won the Stanley Cup four teams with them after the Kings traded him in 1980. ... The Kings are 27-0-0 when leading after two periods. They've won their last 30 games under those circumstances since April 2, 2009. ... The Islanders have been shut out five times and are 1-27-4 when trailing after two periods.