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Los Angeles Kings beat Colorado 3-1 to keep pace in the Western Conference playoff chase

  • Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr (44), of Brazil, gets congratulations from his bench after scoring during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche in Los Angeles, Saturday, April 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr (44), of Brazil, gets congratulations from his bench after scoring during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche in Los Angeles, Saturday, April 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez, center, reacts at left wing Dwight King (74) and center Jeff Carter (77) after scoring against the Colorado Avalanche during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, Saturday, April 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez, center, reacts at left wing Dwight King (74) and center Jeff Carter (77) after scoring against the Colorado Avalanche during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, Saturday, April 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli,left, has his shot blocked by Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, right, of Russia, with defenseman Nick Holden (2) looking on during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, Saturday, April 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

    Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli,left, has his shot blocked by Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, right, of Russia, with defenseman Nick Holden (2) looking on during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, Saturday, April 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)  (The Associated Press)

Alec Martinez scored the tiebreaking goal, Marian Gaborik added his 26th goal and the Los Angeles Kings kept pace in the playoff hunt with a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.

Dwight King also scored and Jonathan Quick made nine saves for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have won five of seven to stay even with Winnipeg for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Ryan O'Reilly scored for the Avalanche, who were eliminated from playoff contention earlier Saturday when Winnipeg beat Vancouver. Colorado has lost three of four.

Wins by the Jets and the Kings kept the clubs even at 92 points apiece with four games to play, but the Kings hold the tiebreaker edge in non-shootout victories.