Centreman Adrian Kempe says the Los Angeles Kings can’t relax as they seek to qualify for the Stanley Cup play-offs for the first time in four seasons.
The Kings, 30/1 to win the Stanley Cup, had two goals from 25-year-old Kempe to beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 on Friday.
The double was Kempe's sixth goal in the past four games, including three multi-goal games. In 49 games this season, Kempe has scored 25 goals, 11 assists for 26 points which is first on the Kings for goals and second for points.
Kempe is the first Kings player to reach 25 goals since team-mate Anze Kopitar (35) and Dustin Brown (28) during the 2017/18 season.
Kempe was drafted by Los Angeles in the first-round, 29th overall of the 2014 draft. Since, entering the NHL in 2016/17, the Swede has made the play-offs just once with the Kings in 2017/18 where he made four appearances.
With a 28-17-7 record, Los Angeles sit second in the Pacific Division. They are 8-0-2 in their past ten road games.
Kempe said to the media: "For the rest of the season now, every game is going to be huge and every point we can get is going to be big.
"We can't relax now. We're in a good spot right now and we need to keep that. We can't fall off like we've done previously."