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Kings Down Washington 2-1 - Match Report

Los Angeles needed a shootout to earn a 2-1 victory over Washington on Thursday in NHL action at STAPLES Center.

Bettors who backed the Kings were rewarded as -186 favorites at sportsbooks. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go UNDER the closing total of 5.

The win was clinched by Marian Gaborik, who beat Jaroslav Halak in a shootout to gain the extra point in the standings for Los Angeles. Los Angeles got goals from Anze Kopitar in the victory. Kopitar opened the scoring at 14:09 of the first period.

Jonathan Quick turned in a 21-save effort for the Kings.

Joel Ward scored for the Capitals, finding the net behind Jonathan Quick.

Jaroslav Halak stopped 27 of 28 shots for the Capitals, but it wasn't enough to earn the victory.

On the power play, Los Angeles went 0-for-3, while the Capitals were 0-for-3 with the man advantage.

Los Angeles outshot Washington 28-22 in the game.

Los Angeles looks to continue their winning ways next game with a battle against the Panthers. The Capitals will aim to get back on the winning track at San Jose.