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Kings 5, Avalanche 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Kings 5, Avalanche 3
Los Angeles Kings 5, Colorado Avalanche 3

DENVER (AP) - Pavol Demitra has always had success against the Colorado Avalanche. That was in the best of days when they did have goalie troubles.

Demitra scored two goals and the Los Angeles Kings took advantage of poor goaltending to beat the Avalanche 5-3 on Wednesday night.

"I'll take teams like that with goalies like that any day," Demitra said. "It helps to win a game."

Demitra has 12 goals and 17 assists in 26 career games against the Avalanche. He padded his totals against the weak duo of Peter Budaj and David Aebischer.

"Pavol was quietly efficient," Kings coach Andy Murray said. "He had a quiet night with some points."

Michael Cammalleri and Lubomir Visnovsky added goals to help the Kings win for the sixth time in seven games. Tom Kostopoulos also scored for Los Angeles, which has won all three meetings with Colorado this season.

Mathieu Garon stopped 32 shots for his 16th win, outdueling both Avalanche counterparts.

"I thought we played hard and got ourselves back in the game," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said. "We stayed with it to the end."

But it was another game - the second straight - in which he was forced to pull an underachieving goalie.

Budaj was yanked 11 minutes in after surrendering two goals on four shots. Aebischer gave up three goals in 20 shots.

"(Pulling a goalie) is something you don't like doing," Quenneville said. "In the last game it worked, and tonight, it didn't."

Milan Hejduk scored two goals, and Brett McLean added one in the third period for Colorado, which has lost three of five.

Cammalleri, Visnovsky and Demitra scored in the first period to give the Kings a 3-1 lead. Budaj let Cammalleri's shot get between his skate and the left post at 8:30 for his seventh goal in nine games.

Visnovsky scored from the slot on a give-and-go with Derek Armstrong at 11:05, 15 seconds into a power play. Budaj was immediately replaced by Aebischer, the second time in two games the Avalanche made a change in the first period.

McLean got the Avalanche back to 2-1 at 18:59 on a rebound shot after Garon stopped Hejduk on a 2-on-1 break. Los Angeles regained a two-goal edge when Aebischer whiffed on Demitra's shot from just beyond the blue line with 21 seconds left in the period.

"It was a great goal," Demitra said sarcastically. "I tried to hit the puck as hard as I can. It was a knuckler that kept jumping."

"It was the biggest goal of the night," Murray said. "It came right after they had cut the lead and put them back on their heels."

Hejduk scored off a rebound of Rob Blake's shot with Colorado on the power play at 8:03 of the second period. Demitra countered with his second goal at 13:03 on a shot that caromed off the right post into the net to give Los Angeles a 4-2 lead heading into the third period.

Kostopoulos made it 5-2 when he got free for a one-timer at 8:21 of the third period. Hejduk got his second of the game at 12:38.

Notes: The Avalanche sent G Vitaly Kolesnik to Lowell of the AHL. ... D Aaron Miller was a scratch for the Kings because of a sore lower back. ... Aebischer was booed as he left the ice during the two intermissions.

scoring summary
1st Period
Michael Cammalleri (14) ASST: Derek Armstrong (12), Lubomir Visnovsky (29)
1 - 0 LAK
PPG - Lubomir Visnovsky (9) ASST: Craig Conroy (22), Pavol Demitra (29)
2 - 0 LAK
Brett McLean (4) ASST: Milan Hejduk (16), Pierre Turgeon (24)
2 - 1 LAK
Pavol Demitra (19) ASST: Craig Conroy (23)
3 - 1 LAK
2nd Period
PPG - Milan Hejduk (9) ASST: Rob Blake (20), Joe Sakic (25)
3 - 2 LAK
Pavol Demitra (20) ASST: Mike Weaver (4), Tim Gleason (15)
4 - 2 LAK
3rd Period
Tom Kostopoulos (3) ASST: Dustin Brown (8), Jeff Giuliano (3)
5 - 2 LAK
Milan Hejduk (10) ASST: John-Michael Liles (17), Pierre Turgeon (25)
5 - 3 LAK
penalty summary
1st Period
Luc Robitaille  Tripping against  Marek Svatos
Rob Blake  Elbowing against  Tom Kostopoulos
Ossi Vaananen  Tripping against  Sean Avery
2nd Period
Robert Boughner  Roughing against  Tom Kostopoulos
Tom Kostopoulos  Roughing against  Robert Boughner
Karlis Skrastins  Tripping against  Pavol Demitra
Sean Avery  Holding the stick against  John-Michael Liles
Jeff Giuliano  Hi-sticking against  Patrice Brisebois
Brad May  Fighting (maj) against  George Parros
George Parros  Fighting (maj) against  Brad May
3rd Period
Michael Cammalleri  Slashing against  Brett McLean
Dan Hinote  Interference against  Mike Weaver
Marek Svatos  Abuse of officials - bench
Patrice Brisebois  Hooking against  Tim Gleason
goalie stats
Mathieu Garon
Mathieu Garon
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
Saves: 32EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .914SH: 2 - 2
David Aebischer
David Aebischer
SA: 20TOI: 47:13
Saves: 17EV: 12 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .850SH: 1 - 1
Peter Budaj
Peter Budaj
SA: 4TOI: 11:05
Saves: 2EV: 2 - 3
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .500SH: 0 - 0
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