Kings take down Avalanche in high-scoring affair
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Anze Kopitar had two goals and an assist as the Los Angeles Kings beat the Colorado Avalanche, 6-4, in the first game back from the Olympic break for both teams.
Justin Williams and Jeff Carter each had a goal and an assist for the Kings, who played their first game since Feb. 6. Robyn Regehr and Jarret Stoll also lit the lamp.
Martin Jones stopped 25-of-29 shots in the victory.
Jamie McGinn and Ryan O'Reilly each had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who played their first game since Feb. 8. PA Parenteau and Andre Benoit also scored.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned aside 22-of-27 shots in defeat.
Trailing 4-2, Kopitar and Carter scored 2:04 apart late in the second period to tie the game.
Kopitar lit the lamp at 16:49 after his wraparound attempt went to Williams. Kopitar took a pass from Williams for an easy tap in.
Carter deflected Mike Richards' shot from the right circle at 18:53 to make it 4-4.
Kopitar scored a power-play goal at 3:13 of the third period to give the Kings a 5-4 lead. Carter deflected a shot by Tyler Toffoli and the puck went straight up in the air. Kopitar batted the disc past the goal line.
Williams scored an empty-net goal with 11.1 seconds remaining.
Regehr opened the scoring at 5:48 with a shot from the left point. O'Reilly beat Jones from in close at 11:17 to make it 1-1.
Parenteau gave Colorado the lead at 16:32. Matt Duchene carried the puck around the net before finding Parenteau in front.
Stoll tied the game 2-2 just 24 seconds into the middle stanza.
But the Avalanche went ahead 4-2 on power-play goals by McGinn and Benoit. McGinn redirected O'Reilly's pass past Jones at 8:57 and Benoit scored on a rebound at 15:42.
Los Angeles took two of three from Colorado this season ... Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson served the first of a two-game suspension ... Avalanche forward Maxime Talbot (personal) missed the game ... The Avalanche went 3-for-5 on the power play, while the Kings went 1-for-3 on the man advantage.
02/27 01:35:48 ET