LOS ANGELES (AP) — With five straight victories, the Los Angeles Kings are digging their way out of a slump that has threatened their playoff chances.
Jordan Nolan scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and Jeff Carter added an insurance score in a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night.
“Things are coming together for us,” said Anze Kopitar, who scored the tying goal in the second. “We’re playing with more inspiration as we should have before. We’re getting some breaks, which doesn’t hurt.”
The Kings had lost three in a row before the current streak, their longest since taking six straight games from Oct. 12-26. The defending Stanley Cup champions are still fighting for a playoff berth, though.
“We’re still in a hole,” Kopitar said. “We know where we stand, so we’ve got to keep on going.”
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