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Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll (28) lands on top of Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, right, with defenseman Dan Hamhuis, left, defending with the puck rolling through the crease for no goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
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First Published Jan 05 2014 10:50 am • Last Updated Jan 05 2014 11:37 pm

KINGS 3, CANUCKS 1

LOS ANGELES • Jonathan Quick stopped 27 shots in his return from a 24-game injury absence, Jeff Carter scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:55 to play, and the Los Angeles Kings snapped their five-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

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Dustin Brown tied it early in the third period and Carter added an empty-net goal as Los Angeles ended its longest skid in coach Darryl Sutter’s tenure with a third-period rally.

Ryan Kesler scored for the Canucks, who lost their third straight despite 46 saves by Roberto Luongo in his own return from a shorter injury absence.

Quick hadn’t played since injuring his groin Nov. 12 in Buffalo, returning slowly from a serious strain while Martin Jones and Ben Scrivens performed splendidly in his place.

Quick still was selected for his second U.S. Olympic team Wednesday, and the Kings put their $58 million goalie right back in the lineup immediately after activating him from injured reserve. He gave up an early power-play goal, but shut down the powerful Canucks over the final 47 minutes — including two breathtaking stops on a breakaway by Daniel Sedin in the final minute.

BLUES 6, BLUE JACKETS 2

ST. LOUIS • Patrick Berglund scored twice, Vladimir Sobotka and Alex Pietrangelo each had a goal and an assist and St. Louis beat Columbus for its fifth straight win.

Columbus, up 2-0 lead after the first period, has lost three of four after winning three in a row.


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Maxim Lapierre gave St. Louis a 3-2 late in the second period, 1:34 after Sobotka tied it.

Jaden Schwartz also scored, and Brian Elliott made 21 saves. Elliott has won 13 consecutive home games, extending a franchise record he set with a 5-0 victory over Los Angeles on Thursday night.

Artem Anisimov and Mark Letestu scored for Columbus.

BRUINS 4, JETS 1

BOSTON • Defenseman Torey Krug had two goals and an assist, and Tuukka Rask made 36 saves in Boston’s victory over Winnipeg.

Daniel Paille also scored for Boston. The Bruins have won five of their last seven games heading into a three-game California trip.

Dustin Byfuglien scored and Ondrej Pavelec stopped 25 shots for Winnipeg.

AVALANCHE 4, SHARKS 3

DENVER • Nathan MacKinnon had his first two-goal game and Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots to help Colorado hold off San Jose for its third straight victory.

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