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Richardson scores with 1:23 left as Canucks beat Kings 2-1 to preserve playoff hopes

  • Vancouver Canucks' goalie Eddie Lack, left, of Sweden, stops Los Angeles Kings' Marian Gaborik, of Slovakia, during second period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Saturday April 5, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

    Vancouver Canucks' goalie Eddie Lack, left, of Sweden, stops Los Angeles Kings' Marian Gaborik, of Slovakia, during second period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Saturday April 5, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)  (The Associated Press)

  • Vancouver Canucks' Alexander Edler, left, of Sweden, scores against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, back, as Alec Martinez (27) defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Vancouver won 2-1. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

    Vancouver Canucks' Alexander Edler, left, of Sweden, scores against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, back, as Alec Martinez (27) defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Vancouver won 2-1. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)  (The Associated Press)

  • Vancouver Canucks' Brad Richardson celebrates his goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Vancouver won 2-1. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

    Vancouver Canucks' Brad Richardson celebrates his goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Vancouver won 2-1. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)  (The Associated Press)

Brad Richardson scored with 1:23 left in regulation as the Vancouver Canucks preserved their playoff hopes with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.

Richardson took a pass from linemate Zack Kassian at the side of the goal and beat Jonathan Quick for his 11th of the season to keep the Canucks in the playoff chase, at least mathematically. Alexander Edler had the other goal for Vancouver and Eddie Lack stopped 25 shots in his 18th straight start since the Olympic break.

Slava Voynov scored for Los Angeles and Quick finished with 38 saves for Kings, who are locked into the third seed in the Pacific Division.

Down 1-0 after two periods, the Canucks tied it on the power play after Edler's seventh of the season just 66 seconds into the third stood up after a video review.