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Gaborik scores 2 as Kings end three-game slide with 3-0 win against Oilers

Edmonton Oilers' Sam Gagner (89) tries to get up after running into the boards against the Los Angeles Kings during second period NHL hockey action in Edmonton, Alta., on Thursday April 10, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
April 10, 2014 - 9:08 PM

EDMONTON - Marian Gaborik had two goals and an assist and Martin Jones made just 17 saves to record his fourth shutout of the season as the Los Angeles Kings snapped a three-game losing skid with a 3-0 victory over the lowly Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.

Anze Kopitar also scored for the Kings (46-28-7), who had won just one of their previous five games.

Los Angeles has already clinched third in the Pacific Division and will play the second-place San Jose Sharks in the first round of the playoffs.

The Oilers (28-44-9) have lost two in a row and have now been shut out 10 times this season, seven of those coming on home ice.

The loss dropped Edmonton back into 29th place in the NHL, a point back of the Florida Panthers, who defeated Toronto 4-2 on the night.

It didn't take the Kings long to start the scoring, going up 1-0 on the game's first shot 27 seconds into the first period. Justin Williams threw a pass in front of the Oilers net and it hit the stick of an Oilers defender before ending up in front for Kopitar, who sent his 200th career NHL goal past Edmonton goalie Viktor Fasth.

The Kings went up by a pair nine minutes into the opening frame as Willie Mitchell flubbed a shot from the point, but it ended up right on the stick of Gaborik, who beat Fasth for his 10th goal of the season in his 40th game.

Los Angeles almost padded its lead with three minutes left in the first, but a Jarret Stoll power-play shot clanged off the post.

The Kings had 11 first-period shots, while Edmonton only managed four on Jones.

Edmonton had its first real scoring chance of the game minutes into the second period when David Perron circled the net and had Jones going the wrong way, but the Kings goalie recovered in time to make a huge diving save on Taylor Hall.

Los Angeles got a gift goal with six minutes to play in the second period as Gaborik took a wrist shot just across the blue-line that Fasth only got a piece of before it caromed into the net.

It appeared that Gaborik had his hat trick on a power play with six minutes to play in the third, however, the goal was called back due to goaltender interference by Williams.

The Kings outshot Edmonton 48-17 in the game and 23-3 in the third period. Both teams close out the regular season on Saturday as the Oilers play host to the Vancouver Canucks in the final game of 2013-14 for both clubs, while the Kings return home for their final pre-playoff tune-up against the Anaheim Ducks.

Notes: It was the final of four meetings between the Oilers and Kings this season. Los Angeles won the first three games with a combined scored of 9-3 while out-shooting Edmonton 136-69. ... The Kings came into the game having won five straight over Edmonton and 11 of their last 14 meetings. The Kings were 11-0-2 in their last 11 games at Rexall Place in Edmonton. ... Kings forward Marian Gaborik now has at least a point in eight of his last nine games. ... The Kings sat out a pair of defencemen in Robyn Regehr (undisclosed) and Drew Doughty (upper body) for the game. Both are listed as day-to-day. ... Edmonton has a number of players who are done for the season in defenceman Andrew Ference (pectoral tear) and forwards Boyd Gordon (shoulder), Nail Yakupov (broken ankle), Jesse Joensuu (high ankle sprain), Ryan Jones (torn PCL) and Luke Gazdic (shoulder). ... Oiler forward Sam Gagner left the game favouring his ankle after an awkward collision into the boards midway through the second period and did not return.

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