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LAst Night's Action: Kings Rebound in Ugly Win Against Islanders

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It wasn’t pretty by any means, but the Kings managed to rebound after a disastrous shutout to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday to shutout the desperate New York Islanders 1-0.

And these were two points the Kings desperately needed. Clinging onto sixth place in the Western Conference coming into the game, a 1-0 overtime win by the Nashville Predators over the Columbus Blue Jackets could have dropped the Kings to seventh place had they lost.

But with the Colorado Avalanche idle since Wednesday, the Kings vaulted a point ahead and now hang on to fifth place.

“It’s two points, everybody keeps winning in this conference,” head coach Terry Murray said after the game. “I’ve been saying this right from the start of the year that it’s going to be a race right down to the very end.”

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As the Kings have been stumbling along the past several weeks, Murray decided to make changes to the four lines to try and spark some offense.

“The desperation that was shown here from the very beginning was good,” Murray said. “I liked what was going on with the four lines to get some flow and everybody digging in to do their part here tonight.”