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Kings 6, Avalanche 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Kings 6, Avalanche 4
Los Angeles Kings 6, Colorado Avalanche 4

DENVER (AP) - Brad Richardson had three goals, including a tiebreaking short-handed tally late in the third period, and the Los Angeles Kings beat Colorado 6-4 on Saturday night in a matchup of the two youngest teams in the NHL.

Alexei Ponikarovsky, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown also scored to help the Kings win for the fourth time in five games. Paul Stastny and Milan Hejduk each scored twice for the Avalanche.

Richardson's winner was set up when Craig Anderson wandered too far out to play a loose puck as the Kings were attempting to kill a five-minute major penalty on Wayne Simmonds.

Jarret Stoll stopped Anderson's clear attempt, dishing the puck to a wide open Richardson. He later capped off his first career hat trick with a wrist shot to seal the win.

Jonathan Quick had 28 saves for the Kings.

Moments before Richardson's short-handed goal, the Avalanche tied it on Hejduk's shot after Simmonds went to the penalty box for butt-ending T.J. Galiardi.

John-Michael Liles had an assist on Hejduk's goal, giving Liles one in all eight games. That tied Liles with Filip Kuba for the NHL mark of consecutive games with an assist by a defenseman to start a season. Kuba established his record in 2008-09 with Ottawa.

Anderson was in net for a fifth straight game, stopping 24 shots. He was the backbone of the team last season, setting a franchise record with 71 starts.

These two teams have a similar look as both boast youthful lineups. The Kings have an average age of 26.1 and the Avalanche 26.4.

It was Richardson, at 25 years, 8 months, who came up big all evening.

Los Angeles took a 4-2 lead in the second period on goals by Richardson and Brown. But Stastny sliced the margin to one late in the period.

The Kings and Avalanche had a goal-filled first period, with each team scoring twice.

Ponikarovsky kicked things off, knocking in a shot down low 1:12 into the game.

Just before Ponikarovsky's goal, Anderson lost his stick and Ryan O'Reilly handed over his. The Kings took advantage of the stickless O'Reilly as Michal Handzus sent the puck to Ponikarovsky, who picked up his first goal of the season during the 500th game of his NHL career.

Hejduk's two goals and an assist gave him 344 career points at Pepsi Center, tying him with former captain Joe Sakic for the top spot since the building opened in 1999.

Colorado didn't have defenseman Adam Foote (head) Saturday and may not have him for a road trip next week. The Avalanche will re-evaluate Foote on Monday to see if the captain will accompany the team on a two-game swing through Canada.

Foote's absence forced coach Joe Sacco to shuffle his defensive pairings. Scott Hannan took Foote's spot alongside Kyle Cumiskey, but was knocked out of the game with a head injury in the second period. It was unclear how he was injured.

NOTES: L.A. activated D Matt Greene before the game after he sat out the start of the year to recover from offseason shoulder surgery. The team assigned D Jake Muzzin to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League. ... The Avs called up D David Liffiton from Lake Erie of the AHL, but he was scratched Saturday. ... Kings D Drew Doughty was scratched with an upper-body injury. He was hurt on a neutral-zone hit by Carolina's Erik Cole on Wednesday night.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:12
LAK
Alexei Ponikarovsky (1) ASST: Michal Handzus (3), Wayne Simmonds (2)
1 - 0 LAK
09:17
COL
Milan Hejduk (3) ASST: Matt Duchene (5), David Jones (2)
1 - 1 Tie
11:15
LAK
PPG - Anze Kopitar (2) ASST: Andrei Loktionov (1), Jack Johnson (2)
2 - 1 LAK
15:03
COL
PPG - Paul Stastny (3) ASST: Milan Hejduk (3), Matt Duchene (6)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
04:58
LAK
Brad Richardson (1) ASST: Brayden Schenn (2), Willie Mitchell (3)
3 - 2 LAK
17:15
LAK
PPG - Dustin Brown (4) ASST: Justin Williams (4)
4 - 2 LAK
18:10
COL
Paul Stastny (4) ASST: Chris Stewart (5)
4 - 3 LAK
3rd Period
11:34
COL
PPG - Milan Hejduk (4) ASST: Paul Stastny (5), John-Michael Liles (10)
4 - 4 Tie
13:04
LAK
SHG - Brad Richardson (2) ASST: Jarret Stoll (3)
5 - 4 LAK
17:05
LAK
Brad Richardson (3) ASST: NONE
6 - 4 LAK
penalty summary
1st Period
10:26
COL
Kyle Cumiskey  Tripping against  Dustin Brown
11:38
LAK
Justin Williams  Fighting (maj) against  John-Michael Liles
11:38
COL
John-Michael Liles  Fighting (maj) against  Justin Williams
11:53
LAK
Andrei Loktionov  Hooking against  TJ Galiardi
14:21
LAK
Michal Handzus  Hooking against  Matt Duchene
17:42
LAK
Ryan Smyth  Hi-sticking against  Kyle Quincey
2nd Period
02:21
LAK
Dustin Brown  Hooking against  Kyle Quincey
15:36
COL
Ryan Wilson  Hooking against  Wayne Simmonds
3rd Period
00:11
COL
Milan Hejduk  Hi stick - double minor against  Ryan Smyth
05:01
LAK
Justin Williams  Too many men/ice - bench
08:40
LAK
Wayne Simmonds  Butt ending (maj) against  TJ Galiardi
08:40
LAK
Wayne Simmonds  Game misconduct
17:59
COL
Chris Stewart  Hooking against  Willie Mitchell
goalie stats
Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Quick
4-1-0
SA: 32TOI: 59:58
Saves: 28EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 10
SV%: .875SH: 2 - 2
Craig Anderson
SA: 30TOI: 59:11
Saves: 24EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .800SH: 1 - 2
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