Tanner Pearson and Alec Martinez scored and Jonathan Quick made 27 saves, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.
Los Angeles' 11th victory in 14 games, coupled with the Arizona Coyotes' 2-0 loss to Tampa Bay, clinched a playoff berth for the Kings — who last season became the eighth team in NHL history to miss the postseason a year after winning the Stanley Cup.
The Kings, vying for just their second division title in franchise history, lead the Pacific by six points over Anaheim and seven over San Jose with 11 games left on the schedule.
Tyler Randell scored for Boston and Tuukka Rask stopped 18 shots. The Bruins remained three points behind Florida in the Atlantic Division race with nine games remaining — including a showdown with the Panthers next Thursday in Boston.