Jordan Leopold's Post-Game Comments
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DENVER (AP) -Derek Armstrong and Scott Thornton scored goals 1:17 apart in the third period and the Los Angeles Kings broke an eight-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.
The Kings had only 10 shots on goal through the first two periods, but picked up the pace in the final 20 minutes, peppering Jose Theodore with 13 shots.
Armstrong tied the game, 1-1, midway through the final period, clanging a shot off the post for his third goal of the season.
|Jose Theodore leans against the boards during a timeout against the Los Angeles Kings in the first period of the Avalanche's 3-1 loss on Saturday. Theodore gave up three goals in the third period as the Kings broke an eight-game losing streak. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)|
Thornton followed with a slapshot from in close for his third of the season.
Colorado pulled Theodore with 55 seconds remaining, but Anze Kopitar wrapped up the win on an empty-net goal with 16.4 seconds left. It was Kopitar's 16th goal of the season.
Jean-Sebastien Aubin stopped 29 shots for the Kings, including a skate save on a wrist shot by Jaroslav Hlinka late in the final period.
Jordan Leopold scored his second goal of the season for Colorado off a pass from Wojtek Wolski in the first period.
Leopold had been out the last four games with a cut on his right leg. He's also missed 21 games with a wrist injury and two more due to hip problems.
Colorado captain Joe Sakic underwent successful hernia surgery on Friday. He's expected to be sidelined for eight to 12 weeks. Sakic, who's in his 19th season, is the franchise's career scoring leader with 1,611 points.
He injured the groin Nov. 30 at San Jose. The Avalanche are now 8-5-1 in his absence.
Notes: Los Angeles F Mike Cammalleri missed his second straight game with a rib injury. ... Colorado F Andrew Brunette has appeared in 409 straight games, the second longest active streak in the league.