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Kings 6, Avalanche 5

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Kings 6, Avalanche 5
Los Angeles Kings 6, Colorado Avalanche 5

DENVER (AP) - Los Angeles rookie goalie Jonathan Quick made a career-high 36 saves to help the Kings outlast the Colorado Avalanche 6-5 despite a hectic final 12 minutes on Wednesday night.

Quick's giveaway goal helped the Avs trim a four-goal deficit to one.

Quick was about to pass the puck to his defensemen on his right and never saw Brian Willsie, who intercepted the puck and put it into the net for his first goal of the season to pull the Avs to 6-4.

"It would have been a pretty nice assist if the guy was on my team," Quick said. "Unfortunately, he wasn't. he made a nice play and nice shot. The team bounced back. They responded after they scored that fifth goal and they played great defensively. That kind of took a little bit of pressure off me."

After Cody McLeod's goal 90 seconds later pulled Colorado to 6-5, the Avs had numerous chances to tie, but Quick made several nice saves to preserve the win.

"It's a great game for a rookie goaltender to deal with what's going on: the emotion in the game, the opposing team jamming the net and whacking away at him," Kings coach Terry Murray said. "He'll grow from this."

The Avs pulled their goalie with a minute left to no avail. Ryan Smyth's shot in the waning seconds was wide of the net, and the Kings celebrated their first two-game winning streak since Dec. 11-13.

"We made a couple of bad mistakes. It was a little nervous, but I think we responded pretty well," said Alexander Frolov, who scored twice for Los Angeles.

"We saw we were capable of scoring tonight and everyone tried to put the puck on the net and make something happen," Frolov said. "We have to learn how to play when we lead in the third period."

The Kings chased goalie Peter Budaj with a three-goal onslaught in the second period.

Frolov's power play goal broke a 1-1 tie after John-Michael Liles went to the penalty box for hooking in the opening minute of the second quarter.

Nineteen seconds later, Jack Johnson's one-timer made it 3-1. Then Dustin Brown picked up a loose puck in front of Budaj, skated behind the net and passed it to Jarret Stoll, who put it high over Budaj, who was scrambling back into position.

Budaj was replaced by Andrew Raycroft, who surrendered two quick goals himself before Colorado mounted a comeback that fell just short.

The Avs, who had won all three of their games against the Kings this season, pulled to 4-2 on T.J. Hensick's power-play goal, but a minute later, the Kings had doubled their cushion. Frolov's second goal made it 5-2, followed 21 seconds later by Brown's score that made it 6-2.

The crazy period ended with Colorado's Chris Stewart scoring with 7.2 seconds left, pulling the Avs to 6-3.

Colorado was trying to sweep the Kings in a season series for the first time since the franchise moved to Denver in 1995-96.

"It was a crazy game," Avs forward Wojtek Wolski said. "The puck just seemed to bounce for them early and they got a couple of goals really quickly and that kind of put us down. But we seemed to find a way to get back into it. We had so many chances there at the end that we probably should have put one in."

The teams exchanged power play goals in the first period. Kyle Calder tipped in Drew Doughty's shot from the point to put Los Angeles on top 1-0, and the Avs tied it 5 minutes later when Marek Svatos put the puck past Quick.

Notes: After the game, the Avs reassigned D Kyle Cumiskey and F Chris Durno to the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL. ... D Adam Foote (triceps) didn't play against the Kings after participating in practice Tuesday. ... The Avs have won six of eight from Los Angeles. ... The Avalanche are in the midst of an eight-game homestand, the second-longest in franchise history.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:14
LAK
PPG - Kyle Calder (6) ASST: Drew Doughty (12), Anze Kopitar (24)
1 - 0 LAK
07:40
COL
PPG - Marek Svatos (9) ASST: Wojtek Wolski (17), John-Michael Liles (18)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
01:25
LAK
PPG - Alex Frolov (19) ASST: Kyle Quincey (21), Jarret Stoll (14)
2 - 1 LAK
01:54
LAK
Jack Johnson (1) ASST: Patrick O'Sullivan (15), Michal Handzus (12)
3 - 1 LAK
05:01
LAK
Jarret Stoll (10) ASST: Dustin Brown (16), Patrick O'Sullivan (16)
4 - 1 LAK
13:31
COL
PPG - TJ Hensick (4) ASST: Darcy Tucker (5), Chris Stewart (5)
4 - 2 LAK
14:11
LAK
Alex Frolov (20) ASST: Michal Handzus (13), Kyle Quincey (22)
5 - 2 LAK
14:32
LAK
Dustin Brown (17) ASST: Anze Kopitar (25)
6 - 2 LAK
19:52
COL
Chris Stewart (6) ASST: TJ Hensick (11), Ruslan Salei (11)
6 - 3 LAK
3rd Period
05:53
COL
Brian Willsie (1) ASST: NONE
6 - 4 LAK
07:36
COL
Cody McLeod (11) ASST: Darcy Tucker (6), Ruslan Salei (12)
6 - 5 LAK
penalty summary
1st Period
00:47
COL
Ruslan Salei  Hooking against  Wayne Simmonds
04:14
LAK
Kyle Calder  Too many men/ice - bench
06:35
LAK
Jack Johnson  Slashing against  Darcy Tucker
10:09
LAK
Wayne Simmonds  Slashing against  Cody McLeod
13:35
COL
Chris Stewart  Fighting (maj) against  Sean O'Donnell
13:35
LAK
Sean O'Donnell  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Stewart
16:29
LAK
Jack Johnson  Slashing against  Marek Svatos
2nd Period
00:54
COL
John-Michael Liles  Hooking against  Kyle Calder
11:34
LAK
Raitis Ivanans  Slashing against  Tyler Arnason
13:31
LAK
Wayne Simmonds  Roughing against  Chris Stewart
13:31
COL
Chris Stewart  Roughing against  Wayne Simmonds
3rd Period
03:15
LAK
Matt Greene  Hooking against  Cody McLeod
13:31
LAK
Drew Doughty  Hooking against  Ryan Smyth
14:12
COL
Ryan Smyth  Interference against  Jarret Stoll
goalie stats
Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Quick
6-5-0
SA: 41TOI: 60:00
Saves: 36EV: 27 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 10
SV%: .878SH: 1 - 1
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 13TOI: 34:03
Saves: 11EV: 11 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .846SH: 0 - 0
Peter Budaj
SA: 15TOI: 25:01
Saves: 11EV: 11 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 2
SV%: .733SH: 0 - 0
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