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MARCH 21 2012 07:05h
NHL: Los Angeles 5, San Jose 2
Richards also had an assist in the victory, which pulled Los Angeles even with Phoenix in the scrap for the eighth playoff berth in the Western Conference.
Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist for the Kings, who won their fifth in a row. Jonathan Quick made 20 saves.
Dan Boyle and Martin Havlat scored for San Jose and Antti Niemi stopped 37-of-41 shots.
The Sharks ended the night two points shy of the final playoff spot on the Western Conference.
Richards gave the Kings a 1-0 lead at 15:26 of the first period, but Havlat came back less than 20 seconds later with a game-tying power-play goal.
Alec Martinez put Los Angeles ahead 2-1 in the second period and the Kings iced the win with third-period goals by Kopitar, Dustin Penner and Justin Carter, who scored into an empty net with 16 seconds left to play.
LOS ANGELES, March 21 (UPI) -- Mike Richards scored a short-handed first-period goal Tuesday and the Los Angeles Kings scored three third-period goals in a key 5-2 victory over San Jose.