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DENVER (AP) - Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots, Matt Duchene scored an early third period goal and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 Sunday night for their first home win of the season.
Anze Kopitar and Scott Parse had goals and Jonathan Quick made 13 saves for Los Angeles. It was the Kings' first regulation loss on the road in seven games.
Duchene gave the Avalanche the lead early in the third period when he picked up a loose puck near center ice, skated into the Kings zone and beat Quick with a shot over his left shoulder 1:52 into the frame. It was Duchene's second goal of the season.
Colorado missed a great chance for an insurance goal midway through the third. Defenseman Ryan Wilson had the puck to Quick's left with two other Avalanche players surrounding the net and no Kings around. But Quick stopped the initial shot and Colorado couldn't stuff in the rebound.
The Kings had a chance to tie when they pulled Quick in the final minute and got a power play but couldn't get a shot on net.
Colorado grabbed a 2-1 edge midway through the second thanks to a forgiving bounce on the power play. Quick went behind the net to play a dump in but the puck took an odd carom off the boards right to the front of the Los Angeles net and Hejduk knocked it in.
The Kings tied it late in the period when Kopitar scored with 15 seconds left in a 5-on-3 power play.
Colorado was fortunate to be tied heading into the third after being outshot 25-9 through the first two periods.
The Avalanche took a 1-0 lead on Kobasew's short-handed goal 6:55 into the game, his second of the year. Parse tied it on the same power play when he scored 27 seconds later.
NOTES: Avalanche F Gabriel Landeskog finished with four goals in October, one short of the club's rookie record for the month set by Marek Svatos in 2005-06. ... Colorado C Peter Mueller misses his fifth straight game and seventh overall with a head injury. ... Jarret Stoll's assist in the first period was his 299th career point.