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

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.