Chris Higgins scored in the shootout and Eddie Lack made 36 saves as the Vancouver Canucks earned a critical late-season victory over the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Monday night.

Daniel Sedin scored in regulation as the Canucks solidified second place in the Pacific Division with 97 points, four ahead of Calgary and the Kings. The Canucks, who now control their playoff destiny, have two games remaining.

Dwight King scored for the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings, who moved into a third-place tie at 93 points with Calgary. However, the Flames own a tiebreaker with more regulation and overtime wins.

Los Angeles also dropped one point behind Winnipeg of the Central Division for the second wild card in the Western Conference.