LOS ANGELES (AP) — Viktor Arvidsson scored two targets and the Los Angeles Kings clinched a playoff berth with a…

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Viktor Arvidsson scored two targets and the Los Angeles Kings clinched a playoff berth with a 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night time.

Kevin Fiala and Akil Thomas additionally scored in a workmanlike win for the Kings, who will likely be within the postseason for the third consecutive spring. Los Angeles misplaced to Edmonton within the first spherical in each of the earlier journeys, and a 3rd straight matchup is feasible with the Kings at present sitting third within the Pacific Division behind the second-place Oilers.

Cam Talbot made 23 saves and captain Anze Kopitar had two assists because the Kings opened a four-game homestand to finish the common season beneath interim coach Jim Hiller. Los Angeles missed the prospect to clinch by losing at Anaheim on Tuesday, however shortly bought again into kind by beating Calgary for its fourth win in 5 video games.

Jonathan Huberdeau scored within the third interval for the Flames, who’ve misplaced 9 of 11 as they wrap up a non-playoff season.

Jacob Markstrom stopped 26 pictures for the Flames, who beat Los Angeles in Calgary on March 30.

The Kings scored 26 seconds into an early energy play at their downtown enviornment when Fiala wired a wrist shot by way of site visitors for his twenty eighth purpose. The Swiss ahead’s eleventh power-play purpose was additionally his thirtieth level on energy performs this season, making him the primary Los Angeles participant to hit that mark since 2010.

Arvidsson doubled the lead early within the second interval, snapping a sharp-angled shot previous Markstrom for the third purpose of his injury-shortened season. The veteran ahead has performed in solely 15 video games this season, sitting out till mid-February whereas recovering from again surgical procedure after which lacking one other month with a lower-body harm.

Thomas scored seven minutes later, expertly batting down a slap shot from the purpose by Matt Roy and bouncing it previous Markstrom for his third purpose up to now 4 video games and the primary residence purpose of his profession.

Thomas spent most of this season within the AHL, however the Kings’ second-round decide from 2018 has made a right away affect since his NHL debut 10 days in the past, even perhaps enjoying his approach right into a postseason position. Thomas is the primary Kings skater to attain three targets inside his first 5 NHL video games since Brian Boyle did it in 2008.

Arvidsson added an empty-net purpose with 3:14 to play, incomes his first multi-goal recreation since March 26, 2023.

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Flames: At Anaheim on Friday.

Kings: Host Anaheim on Saturday.

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