NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Colorado
(Sunday, April 11th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 2, Colorado 1 (OT)
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Dustin Brown scored the deciding goal 1:31 into overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings got by Colorado, 2-1, to pick up a big two points on the final day of the regular season.
Jarret Stoll scored with 4:32 remaining in the third period to force extra time for the Kings (46-27-9), who secured the Western Conference's sixth seed with the win and will open the playoffs against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.
They had a chance to lock up the fifth seed, but Detroit came away with a 3-2 overtime win against Chicago on Sunday to finish one point ahead of LA. Los Angeles, Detroit and Nashville entered Sunday separated by just one point in the standings. With the Predators idle, they fell to the seventh seed despite a 100-point season.
Bringing up the rear in the postseason is Colorado (43-30-9), which was unable to move out of the eighth spot regardless of Sunday's outcome. The Avalanche will play the top-seeded San Jose Sharks in the first round of the playoffs, beginning Wednesday.
Erik Ersberg came up with 31 saves in place of a beleaguered Jon Quick, who received the day off after going 0-3-3 in his last eight starts. The Kings had dropped three of four games overall coming in.
Ryan Stoa got his second career goal to score in back-to-back games for Colorado, which got 31 saves from Craig Anderson in a third straight loss to end the regular season.
"We have to get used to these 1-0, 2-1 games in the playoffs, it's going to be like this most nights," said Anderson.
In overtime, Drew Doughty took control of the puck after a failed clearing attempt by the Avs and skated from off the left boards into the slot for a wrister. It was knocked down by Anderson but Brown was perfectly positioned to deposit the rebound into a relatively open left-side of the net.
"Dewey (Doughty) got one in from the blue line (and) I was able to get to the net and get it in. It was just a matter of finding the space," said Brown, who produced three points in his last two games.
Stoa's second-chance stuff-in at the left post nine minutes into the game served as the difference for over 45 minutes with the goaltenders stealing the show in the interim.
Ersberg had 10 saves in the second and turned back 13 shots in the third, where Stoll redirected the equalizer off a Matt Greene slap shot from the right point with time running down.
It was the lone blemish on an otherwise strong final 20 minutes for Anderson, who ended with 17 saves in the frame.
It was Brown's 24th goal of the season and Stoll's 16th...The Kings ended 2009-10 with a respectable 24-14-3 record on the road, where they'll begin the playoffs, while Colorado finished 24-14-3 at the Pepsi Center...Los Angeles took the season series, 3-1.
04/11 22:26:08 ET