Kings Rally For Win Over Avalanche
Friday, 12.8.2006 / 10:00 PM MT / News
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Craig Conroy netted the go-ahead goal with 6:12 remaining and Michael Cammalleri scored twice, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.
The Kings played their grittiest game of the season, outshooting Colorado 38-30 after recording a season-low 21 shots in Thursday's 4-1 loss against Nashville. They took their only lead when Conroy poked a rebound past Jose Theodore from the edge of the crease.
Los Angeles rallied twice from one-goal deficits after defenseman John-Michael Liles scored to give Colorado a 3-2 lead.
Cammalleri got his 12th of the season during a power play, but Pierre Turgeon regained the lead for the Avalanche with a long wrist shot after a turnover by Kings captain Mattias Norstrom. Scott Thornton then tied it again with 9:38 left.
Tom Kostopoulos also scored for Los Angeles and Derek Armstrong had two assists.
Colorado captain Joe Sakic scored a power-play goal and set up another Liles' goal. Antti Laaksonen also scored for the Avalanche.
Turgeon played in his second game after missing the first 27 following offseason shoulder surgery. His 512 career goal tied Gilbert Perreault for 30th place on the NHL list.
The Kings were 0-13 when they trailed after two periods.
Liles left the game temporarily at 13:30 of the second period after Brian Willsie's wrist shot hit him in the face. Just 34 seconds later, the Kings tied it 2-all on a wrist shot by Cammalleri.
But Liles returned and gave the Avalanche a 3-2 lead with a one-timer from the slot that beat Dan Cloutier through a screen. The power-play goal was the seventh by Colorado in three games with the Kings this season.
Laaksonen opened the scoring 3:25 in with a short wrist shot for his second goal of the season.
The Avalanche, who scored three power-play goals against the Kings in a 6-1 victory on Oct. 23, made it 2-0 about 3 1/2 minutes later on Sakic's goal during a scramble. The Avalanche were 1-for-15 with the man advantage the previous three games.
Kostopoulos got the Kings on the board at 4:27 of the second with his fourth goal and first since Nov. 1.
Sean Avery and Colorado forward Ian Laperriere, teammates for parts of two seasons in Los Angeles, got into a fight at 9:52 of the first period. Avery was ejected for not having his jersey securely fastened to his pants.
Notes: Kings coach Marc Crawford guided the Avalanche to a Stanley Cup title in 1996. Sakic is the only player left with the team. ... Colorado D Karlis Skrastins played in his 500th NHL regular-season game, including 462 straight - the second-longest streak by a defenseman in NHL history. ... Colorado D Patrice Brisebois was a healthy scratch for the second time in four games. ... Sakic's 1,520 career points are the most among active players, and the fifth-highest total in history by a player with one team.