NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Colorado
(Wednesday, January 21st)
Final Score: Los Angeles 6, Colorado 5
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Dustin Brown's second-period goal proved to be the game-winner, as the Los Angeles Kings survived a late charge from the Colorado Avalanche and came away with a 6-5 win at Pepsi Center.
Alexander Frolov scored twice, while Jarret Stoll registered a goal and an assist for the Kings, who have won two in a row on the heels of a four-game slide. Anze Kopitar, Patrick O'Sullivan, Michal Handzus and Kyle Quincey each collected two assists for Los Angeles, which enters the All-Star break last in the Pacific Division with a 19-20-7 record.
Jonathan Quick made 36 saves to earn the win.
Chris Stewart and T.J. Hensick both had a goal and picked up an assist for the Avalanche, who are limping into the All-Star break, having dropped four of five.
Peter Budaj got the start between the pipes and was yanked after allowing four goals on 15 shots. Andrew Raycroft stopped 11 shots the rest of the way for an Avalanche squad that is 23-23-1 and finds themselves in the basement of the Northwest Division.
"We got down a couple of goals early," said Colorado defenseman Ruslan Salei, who had two assists in the game. "We had to play great in the last 20 and we came up short. We've got to play 60 minutes. We've got to learn from our errors and get better."
After the clubs traded power-play goals in the first period, Los Angeles took control of the game with a five-spot in the middle stanza.
Salei was called for hooking 47 seconds into the second period and Frolov capitalized on the man advantage at 1:25. Jack Johnson gave the Kings a two- goal lead 29 seconds later with a rocket from the point.
From behind the cage, Brown swept a backhand pass to the slot for Stoll, who hammered it home at 5:01 and chased Budaj from the net. Hensick cut the deficit to 4-2 on the power play with 6:29 remaining, then Los Angeles responded with two tallies in a 21-second span.
Frolov fired a wicked wrister from the right circle that beat Raycroft on the glove side, and Brown tickled the twine with 5:28 to go before Stewart found the back of the net in the frame's dying seconds.
Colorado continued to fight back in the third period and closed the gap to one on goals by Brian Willsie and Cody McLeod that were separated by 1:43.
Willsie made it 6-4 at 5:53 on a misplay by the Los Angeles netminder. Quick's intended pass landed on the stick of Willsie and he drilled it home. Moments later, Darcy Tucker threw the puck on net and McLeod banged in the rebound at 7:36, but Colorado couldn't produce the equalizer.
"It was a pretty nice assist if he (Willsie) was on my team," Quick said. "The team bounced back really well after that goal and played great."
Kyle Calder put the Kings on the board, redirecting a point shot by Drew Doughty past Budaj at the 2:14 mark of the first period. Marek Svatos evened things up at 7:40.
Tucker had two assists for Colorado...Despite the setback, the Avalanche captured the season series with the Kings (3-1-0)...Colorado is 1-2-0 so far on a season-high eight-game homestand...Kopitar appeared in his 200th career game.
01/22 00:20:44 ET