NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Colorado
(Tuesday, November 7th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 6, Colorado 5
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Sean Avery had two goals, and Los Angeles scored four second-period goals and then held on to beat Colorado, 6-5.
Craig Conroy had a goal and assist, while Michael Cammalleri and Alexander Frolov each finished with three helpers for the Kings, who ended a five-game road losing streak.
"We're going home with two points tonight and we'll take it," said Avery. "We fought through adversity tonight to get the win."
Lubomir Visnovksy, Scott Thornton and Anze Kopitar also scored for LA, while Dan Cloutier made 29 saves.
Joe Sakic had a goal and assist and Ian Laperriere added two assists for the Avalanche, who had won three of their previous four games.
"We have to be smarter," said Laperriere. "We took bad penalties tonight and they scored. We worried about the other team, rather then them worrying about us."
Jose Theodore gave up five goals on 22 shots through the first two periods before being pulled. Peter Budaj took over for the final period and finished with eight saves.
Colorado held a 2-1 lead after the first period, but the Kings stormed the Avs with four second period goals to take a 5-2 lead.
Visnovksy's shot from the slot just 2:20 into the period evened the score before Avery's shorthanded goal put LA up 3-2 at the 8:35 mark. After Sakic just missed out on a goal for the Avs, Avery and Frolov broke free for a 2-on-1 and the duo worked a nice give-and-go to give the Kings the lead.
Exactly one minute later, Cammalleri fed the puck in front of the net for Thornton, who stuffed the puck past Theodore.
With just 2:04 left before the second intermission, Kopitar's one-timer from the right circle made it 5-2.
To their credit, the Avs made it interesting in the final period, scoring two straight goals to cut their deficit to one.
Ninety seconds into the third, Laperriere's pass deflected off a skate and right to Brett McLean, who beat Cloutier to make it 5-3.
Visnovsky was then whistled for holding and Colorado made LA pay as Sakic fired a shot from the point past a screened Cloutier with 7:52 left to play.
Just over a minute later, the Kings answered with a power play goal of their own to make it 6-4. Rob Blake's shot from the point bounced off Cloutier, hit Frolov and then fell in the goal crease for Avery, who poked it across the line with 6:41 left in the third.
"That was a great shot by Blake," said Avery. "I was lucky to get a good bounce."
Colorado, though, would not give up as Tyler Arnason beat Cloutier top-shelf with 2:01 left to play.
Then, after Mattias Norstrom was called for high-sticking, the Avs pulled Budaj to create a 6-on-4 advantage. However, LA held on for the win.
"They are a dangerous team," said Blake. "Even when we are up, they were tough on us. (Sakic) just does not let up."
After LA drew first blood 7:54 into the opening period on Conroy's power play goal, the Avs scored two goals in the span of 25 seconds to jump in front.
With 3:52 left in the first and Colorado on the power play, Sakic found Marek Svatos in the slot and he beat Cloutier glove side to tie the game. Some nice puck work by Ossi Vaananen and Wojtek Wolski soon thereafter put the Avs up 2-1 as Wolski picked up his fifth goal of the season.
Thornton broke a 21-game scoreless drought, while Conroy scored for the first time in 19 games...Colorado fell to 4-4-1 at home this season...The Kings will begin a five-game homestand on Thursday against San Jose...The Avs will visit Nashville on Saturday.
11/08 00:47:36 ET