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Kings 4, Avalanche 3

Saturday, 02.26.2011 / 4:53 PM

Associated Press

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Kings 4, Avalanche 3
Colorado Avalanche 3, Los Angeles Kings 4

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist, Jarret Stoll and defenseman Drew Doughty scored power-play goals and the Los Angeles Kings held on to beat the Colorado Avalanche, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon.

Defenseman Alec Martinez also scored for the Kings, 11-1-3 since Jan. 22 following a 2-10 stretch.

David Jones scored two goals 39 seconds apart during the third period for Colorado after the Kings staked goalie Jonathan Quick to a 4-0 lead on Stoll's goal with 14:13 to play.

The Avalanche had totaled only 14 shots before Kings defenseman Matt Greene was sent off for interference with 8:53 remaining. Stoll joined him in the penalty box 13 seconds later for high-sticking. Jones scored his first on a power play. The other came one second after Stoll left the box.

Paul Stastny's 19th goal brought Colorado within 4-3 with 30 seconds left.

Kopitar gave the Kings a 1-0 lead at 7:13 of the first period with his 20th goal, converting a rebound after newly acquired Brian Elliott stopped Brad Richardson's wraparound attempt.

The Kings had a chance to add to their lead in the second period during a two-man advantage, but Elliott kept them at bay until 9:50 when Martinez beat him through a screen with a long slap shot.

Los Angeles came up empty during another two-man advantage late in the second, but the Kings cashed in on a power play just 1.1 seconds before the intermission. Kopitar banked the puck off the boards back toward the right point, where Doughty took a one-timer that dribbled over the goal line after Elliott appeared to have the puck trapped between his pads.

Stoll made it 4-0, using teammate Dustin Brown as a screen and beating Elliott with a slap shot while Matt Hunwick was off for hooking Kopitar.

NOTES: Los Angeles outshot Colorado, 42-17. ... Kings longtime play-by-play man Bob Miller will be inducted into the California Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday. ... The Kings are 15-3 when Kopitar scores a goal. He became the first Kings player with 20 goals in each of his first five NHL seasons since Luc Robitaille, who reached that figure during his first eight seasons. ... The Kings' penalty-killing unit had allowed two goals in 41 short-handed situations over the previous 13 games. ... The Avalanche began a three-game California swing and a 19-game stretch in which they will play 13 on the road. ... The Kings are 19-0 when leading after two periods. ... Los Angeles is 7-0-1 in its last eight meetings with Colorado. ... Ryan Smyth's assist on Doughty's goal was his 400th in the NHL.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:13
LAK
Anze Kopitar (20) Wrist shot - ASST: Brad Richardson (8), Wayne Simmonds (12)
1 - 0 LAK
2nd Period
09:50
LAK
Alec Martinez (4) Slapshot - ASST: Kyle Clifford (6), Trevor Lewis (5)
2 - 0 LAK
19:58
LAK
PPG - Drew Doughty (10) Slapshot - ASST: Anze Kopitar (40), Ryan Smyth (19)
3 - 0 LAK
3rd Period
05:47
LAK
PPG - Jarret Stoll (17) Slapshot - ASST: Justin Williams (29), Drew Doughty (23)
4 - 0 LAK
12:42
COL
PPG - David Jones (21) Wrist shot - ASST: John-Michael Liles (34), Erik Johnson (15)
4 - 1 LAK
13:21
COL
David Jones (22) Tip-in - ASST: Erik Johnson (16), John-Michael Liles (35)
4 - 2 LAK
19:30
COL
Paul Stastny (19) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
4 - 3 LAK
penalty summary
1st Period
03:12
LAK
Kevin Westgarth  Fighting (maj) against  David Koci
03:12
COL
David Koci  Fighting (maj) against  Kevin Westgarth
13:24
COL
Cody McLeod  Hooking against  Drew Doughty
2nd Period
03:00
COL
Daniel Winnik  Hooking against  Ryan Smyth
03:24
COL
Erik Johnson  Interference against  Wayne Simmonds
13:50
LAK
Wayne Simmonds  Boarding against  Cameron Gaunce
14:59
COL
Paul Stastny  Hooking against  Dustin Brown
16:09
COL
Ryan Wilson  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
18:29
COL
Milan Hejduk  Slashing against  Wayne Simmonds
3rd Period
01:26
LAK
Dustin Brown  Boarding against  Cameron Gaunce
04:00
LAK
Ryan Smyth  Roughing against  Erik Johnson
04:00
COL
Erik Johnson  Roughing against  Ryan Smyth
04:20
COL
Matt Hunwick  Hooking against  Anze Kopitar
11:07
LAK
Matt Greene  Interference against  David Koci
11:20
LAK
Jarret Stoll  Hi-sticking against  Erik Johnson
13:57
COL
Jay McClement  Hooking against  Ryan Smyth
15:58
COL
Paul Stastny  Tripping against  Dustin Brown
15:58
LAK
Wayne Simmonds  Roughing against  Ryan Wilson
17:00
COL
Erik Johnson  Hooking against  Anze Kopitar
goalie stats
Brian Elliott
SA: 42TOI: 59:06
Saves: 38EV: 25 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 14
SV%: .905SH: 1 - 1
Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Quick
28-15-2
SA: 17TOI: 59:32
Saves: 14EV: 12 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .824SH: 0 - 0
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