LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Kings spent much of the season waiting for their role players to step up.The contributions they had been seeking finally came Toronto Maple Leafs T-Shirts Womens , putting the Kings on the verge of making the playoffs.Dustin Brown had a short-handed goal, and Torrey Mitchell and Kyle Clifford also scored to help Los Angeles move back into third place in the Pacific Division with a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night.Jonathan Quick made 27 saves for the Kings, who are one point ahead of Anaheim and can secure a postseason berth by earning one point from their final two games.”It’s a big step,” Brown said. ”Things have to go really wrong for us and really good for other teams, but you’re never in until you’re in.”Alexander Kerfoot had a power-play goal and Jonathan Bernier stopped 22 shots for the Avalanche.Colorado leads St. Louis by one point for the second Western Conference wild card, but the Blues have a game in hand. The Avalanche host the Blues on Saturday in the final game of the regular season for both.”We have a young team, but there are still no excuses,” Colorado defenseman Nikita Zadorov said. ”We know we should be in the playoffs. We are a good team and we’ve worked hard all season. We’ve got to get creative.”The Kings played more than 56 minutes with just five defensemen after Derek Forbort was injured when he was checked into the boards by Gabriel Bourque. Alec Martinez played a career-high 32:11 Toronto Maple Leafs Hoodies Womens , one of four Kings defensemen to play at least 20 minutes.”You ask big minutes out of those guys, to dig in and play with different partners, possibly play the wrong side and different matchups than you’re accustomed to,” Kings coach John Stevens said. ”I thought that effort on the back end in terms of how far they dug in and how hard they competed was excellent.”Stevens could not update the condition of Forbort, who left the dressing room on crutches and unable to put any weight on his right leg.While their defensive depth was pushed to the limits, the Kings got some much-needed offense from their bottom two lines.Los Angeles took a 1-0 lead at 9:29 of the first period thanks to an opportunistic goal by Mitchell. Bernier was caught by surprise when Nate Thompson’s shot hit the boards and bounced into the crease, jumping into the air to avoid sending it back into his own net. Mitchell charged in to score his sixth of the season.Brown made it 2-0 at 12:32, scoring his 24th on a wrist shot from the edge of the left circle.Clifford scored on a wraparound two minutes into the third period to restore a two-goal lead for the Kings after Kerfoot cut the deficit to 2-1 at 4:33 of the second Toronto Maple Leafs Hats Womens , going top shelf over Quick’s glove for his second goal in two games.Clifford ended a run of 12 games without a goal. Mitchell hadn’t scored since Feb. 20.”You see what guys are willing to do this time of year and emotionally invest in a game,” Stevens said. ”I thought everybody was willing to dig in when the game mattered. We all know the enormity of this game for both teams, and we knew it was going to take a second and third effort on a lot of plays to get it done.”NOTES: The Kings swept the season series against the Avalanche, limiting them to one goal in each of the three games. … Avalanche forward Colin Wilson had an assist after missing the previous five games with a lower-body injury.UP NEXTAvalanche: Visit the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.Kings: Host the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.— COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The St. Louis Blues got things going early and put an end to the Columbus Blue Jackets‘ 10-game winning streak with a big victory over their own.Jake Allen made 33 saves, Alexander Steen scored on St. Louis’ first shot of the game, and the Blues beat the Blue Jackets 2-1 on Saturday night.”It was a huge win for us, especially when Colorado wins this afternoon Custom Toronto Maple Leafs Jerseys ,” Allen said. ”Points are crucial right now. Let’s just take it one step at a time. And we will figure out the standings at the end.”St. Louis has 89 points – one behind Colorado, which beat Vegas 2-1 in a shootout, and three behind Minnesota, which defeated Nashville 4-1.”Approaching every game like the season is on the line,” Blues coach Mike Yeo said. ”The challenge for us now is to make sure that doesn’t change. I am very pleased and very proud of the group. There is an awful lot of character inside our locker room, and I love that it’s on full display right now.”Vladimir Tarasenko also scored for St. Louis, which has won five in row. The Blues have also won four straight games on the road and earned points in four of their last five away from home.The win was Allen’s 26th of the season and seventh in his last eight games. Allen leads the NHL with 10 shutouts on the road since the start of the 2014-’15 season.Sergei Bobrovsky, who gave up two goals on 28 shots www.canucksshoponline.com , lost for the first time since March 2. Cam Atkinson had the lone goal for the Blue Jackets, and appeared to have scored another earlier in the game but had it waved off.”We had enough chances. We just couldn’t beat them,” Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. ”I thought we played a good game. We had ample opportunities. We just couldn’t beat the goalie.”Steen got the Blues on the scoreboard at the game’s 3-minute mark, taking Patrick Berglund’s pass from behind the net and slipping the puck past Bobrovsky from the right circle. The goal was Steen’s 15th and kept alive his four-game point streak.The Jackets appeared to tie it just 25 seconds later, but Atkinson’s goal was waved off for a kicking motion.Tarasenko made it 2-0 by skating between the circles and firing a wrist shot through a pair of Blue Jackets at 9:37 of the second period for his team-leading 29th of the season. Assists went to Brayden Schenn – his team-leading 38th – and Jaden Schwartz. Tarasenko now has eight points in his last five games and scored for the second straight contest, after missing two games with an upper-body injury.Atkinson extended his point streak to four games at 14:32 of the second period, skating the length of ice and wristing a shot from just above the circles past Allen on the left side for his 19th goal of the season.But the night belonged to Allen and the Blues, who played Vancouver Canucks T-Shirts Womens , according to Yeo, with ”complete desperation.”NOTES: With the win, the Blues completed the second of four sets of back-to-back games on successive weekends to close the regular season. … Blue Jackets forward Lukas Sedlak was scratched after being struck by a puck in the back of the head Thursday against the Florida Panthers. … The Blues’ Carl Gunnarsson will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee. It marked the 33 time this season the Blues have won after scoring first.UP NEXTBlues: at home against San Jose on Tuesday.Blue Jackets: visit Edmonton on Tuesday.