NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Colorado
(Wednesday, October 19th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 5, Colorado 4
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Craig Conroy scored with under a minute left in the final period to complete a three-goal comeback and give the Los Angeles Kings a 5-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.
Conroy also had three assists in the game for the Kings, who erased a 4-1 Avs lead to capture their fifth win in their last six tries. Pavol Demitra added a pair of goals for L.A.
Avalanche center Ian Laperriere, playing in his 700th career game and against his former team, scored twice on the night. Alex Tanguay finished with three assists for Colorado, which has lost three straight.
"Those two goals would be great to talk about if we won," Laperriere said. "They did not quit after we got the lead."
Colorado took a 4-1 lead 6:35 into the second on a Joe Sakic power-play goal from the left slot, only to see the Kings fight back to tie it before period's end.
Demitra slammed the puck into a wide open net after a quick cross-crease pass from Dustin Brown midway through the period, and Lubomir Visnovsky cut the deficit to one with a goal off a Kings' face-off win in the left circle. Sean Avery knotted the game at 4-4 with 23.8 seconds left in the stanza, taking a shot from the right circle that hit off of goaltender David Aebischer's skate and into the right corner.
"We were playing good. It was just a matter of getting a couple goals to get back into the game," said Eric Belanger, who had the assist on the game-tying goal.
Colorado came out flat in the third period, as they were unable to muster a shot on goal in the first 12 minutes, and the Kings finally took advantage with 58.2 seconds remaining. Alexander Frolov fed a pass from behind the net out front to Conroy, who one-timed it past Aebischer.
The Avs managed a late flurry but could not put it past Kings goalie Mathieu Garon, who finished with 17 saves.
Laperriere got Colorado on the board first 9:18 into the opening period, wristing a shot from the slot over Garon's right shoulder.
Demitra tied it for the Kings later in the first with a one-timer goal from Conroy, but the Avs struck right back with two quick tallies to temporarily regain control.
Just 18 seconds after Demitra lit the lamp, Blake unleashed a slapshot from right inside the blue line deflected off teammate Andrew Brunette and into the back of the net. Laperriere followed with his second goal of the night, receiving a feed from Tanguay along the left side on a rush before lifting the puck just under the left crossbar.
This was the last game of a four-game homestand for the Avalanche...Colorado has now blown two three-goal leads at home this year...Tanguay has six assists in his last four games...Aebischer finished with 25 saves on 30 chances.
10/20 00:18:23 ET