NHL

Kings ride special teams success to 5-2 win over Jets

  • Los Angeles Kings center Nic Dowd, left, fights, with Winnipeg Jets center Adam Lowry during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Kings center Nic Dowd, left, fights, with Winnipeg Jets center Adam Lowry during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

  • Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele, left, dives for the puck in front of Los Angeles Kings right wing Jarome Iginla during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele, left, dives for the puck in front of Los Angeles Kings right wing Jarome Iginla during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

  • Winnipeg Jets right wing Blake Wheeler, right, celebrates a goal by right wing Patrik Laine, of Finland, as Los Angeles Kings goalie Ben Bishop lies on the ice as defenseman Jake Muzzin, left, and defenseman Alec Martinez skate away during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Winnipeg Jets right wing Blake Wheeler, right, celebrates a goal by right wing Patrik Laine, of Finland, as Los Angeles Kings goalie Ben Bishop lies on the ice as defenseman Jake Muzzin, left, and defenseman Alec Martinez skate away during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

Drew Doughty, Marian Gaborik and Anze Kopitar each scored a power-play goal, and the Los Angeles Kings kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.

Ben Bishop made 19 saves and Tanner Pearson and Jake Muzzin also scored for the Kings, who trail Nashville for the second wild card in the Western Conference by eight points with nine games to play.

Gaborik put the Kings ahead 2:01 into the third period, and Doughty doubled the lead 1:56 later as Los Angeles emphatically broke out of a 1-for-13 slump with the man advantage.

Pearson then added a short-handed goal with 10:38 remaining.

Patrick Laine and Mathieu Perreault each scored and Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves for the Jets, who had their three-game winning streak ended along with whatever chances remained for an unlikely late playoff push.