NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Colorado
(Saturday, December 29th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 3, Colorado 1
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Derek Armstrong and Scott Thornton scored 1:17 apart in the third period, helping Los Angeles beat Colorado, 3-1, to snap its worst losing streak in three years.
Anze Kopitar added an empty net goal for the Kings, who had lost eight in a row coming into Saturday's contest. That was Los Angeles' longest losing streak since it lost the final 11 contests of the 2003-04 campaign.
Jean-Sebastien Aubin turned away 29-of-30 shots in the win, just the third the Kings posted in all of December.
Jordan Leopold scored the lone goal for Colorado, which has dropped two in a row. Jose Theodore stopped 20 shots in the loss.
The Kings entered the third period down by a goal, and had only registered 10 shots on net in the first and second periods combined. But at the 10:13 mark of the final stanza, Armstrong tied the game.
He grabbed the puck out of the air, after a Colorado defenseman deflected a pass with his stick, and blasted a shot that hit the post -- but went in regardless.
At the 11:30 mark, Jeff Giuliano dished a pass from behind the net into the slot, where Thornton one-timed the puck past Theodore, giving Los Angeles a 2-1 lead.
With 16.4 seconds left, Kopitar tallied his 16th goal of the season with Theodore out of the crease. It iced the win, which was welcome to a Kings team that entered the game with a league-low 26 points.
"When you're at the bottom of the league, you've got to start somewhere," Thornton said."
Leopold opened the scoring 12:35 into the game. Wojtek Wolski threaded a short pass from the far side of the left circle to the short side, and Leopold slipped a shot past Aubin to give the Avalanche a 1-0 edge.
But, despite putting 13 shots on goal in the first period, and 17 combined in the second and third periods, Colorado couldn't get on the board again.
"We played a solid game today," Theodore said. "We had a lot of good chances. We just could not get that second goal."
The Kings moved to 1-2 against the Avalanche this season...Theodore's last start was on December 12 against Columbus, a 4-1 loss...Los Angeles plays Sunday at Chicago before starting a six-game homestand on January 1, also against Chicago.
12/29 17:59:37 ET