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Robitaille, Gretzky lift Kings

Luc Robitaille celebrated his 26th birthday with two goals and two assists as the Kings took over sole possession of second place in the Smythe Division on Monday with a 6-3 win over the Boston Bruins.

The Kings' power play also cashed in with goals by Wayne Gretzky, Rob Blake and Robitaille, who leads the NHL with 20 power-play goals and has 12 goals in his last eight games. Los Angeles converted on three of Boston's four shorthanded situations.

"It seems that every year when I have my birthday, we win," Robitaille said.

Gretzky also had an empty-net goal and two assists, putting him one assist behind league-leader Adam Oates of the Bruins. The NHL's all-time leader in points and assists has fewer assists against Boston (38) than any NHL team.

"The problem is 10 guys playing and 10 guys not playing," Boston coach Rick Bowness grumbled after his team's third straight road defeat. "So when the Olympics are over, we'll go sign those kids and they will have jobs. And these guys will have no one to blame but themselves."