Los Angeles’ Justin Williams celebrated his 800th game with a power-play goal and an assist to lead the Kings to a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday, arresting their recent slide.
The win represented a form improvement for the Kings, but they made no ground in the Pacific Division as leaders the Anaheim Ducks edged the Nashville Predators and the second-placed San Jose Sharks defeated the Detroit Red Wings.
Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick made 20 saves, while Jeff Carter, Alec Martinez and captain Dustin Brown also scored for the Kings, who won for just the second time in eight games.
Quick has come back well after a 24-game injury absence, allowing just four goals in three games.
Justin Florek scored his first career goal for the Bruins.
Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period as the Ducks held on for a 4-3 win over Nashville; their 15th victory in 16 games.
Selanne’s fifth goal this season came on a power play at 18 minutes, 52 seconds of the second, capping a four-goal period for the Ducks. Ryan Getzlaf also scored twice and Corey Perry added a goal.
Paul Gaustad, Craig Smith and Rich Clune scored a goal each for Nashville.
San Jose’s Joe Pavelski scored two goals to extend his run of strong play and help the Sharks beat Detroit 4-1.
Andrew Desjardins and Dan Boyle also scored for the Sharks.
Tomas Tatar scored for the Red Wings, who began a tough three-game California swing with a loss.
Washington’s Eric Fehr had two goals, including a tiebreaking redirection with 51.5 seconds left, to give the Capitals a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Tampa Bay had pulled even at 3-3 on Ondrej Palat’s nifty tip-in at 14:30 of the third period.
Washington also got goals from Mikhail Grabovski and Marcus Johansson.
Tyler Johnson and B.J. Crombeen had the other goals for the Lightning.
Minnesota’s Justin Fontaine scored a hat-trick to power the Wild to a 4-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes and their fourth straight victory.
Fontaine scored late in the first period, gave the Wild a two-goal lead on a power play in the third and closed out his first career hat-trick with an empty-net goal.
Kyle Brodziak had a goal and an assist, while Niklas Backstrom stopped 39 shots.
Mikkel Boedker scored for the Coyotes.
St Louis’ Jaroslav Halak made 33 saves in a shutout, leading the Blues to their seventh straight victory with a 5-0 win over the Calgary Flames.
Carolina’s Jordan Staal had a goal and three assists to lead the Hurricanes to a 6-1 rout of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
New Jersey’s Cory Schneider earned his third shutout of the season to give the Devils a 1-0 win over the Dallas Stars, ending a run of three straight wins.
Florida’s Brad Boyes scored in regulation and the shootout, lifting the Panthers over the Buffalo Sabres 2-1.