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Avs Fall 3-2 To LA Kings In Shootout

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Avs Fall 3-2 To LA Kings In Shootout
Colorado Avalanche 2, Los Angeles Kings 3
Three Stars of the Game
Mike Richards
1st
Mike Richards
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 17:27
Stefan Elliott
2nd
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 21:46
Jonathan Quick
3rd
Jonathan Quick
SA: 28TOI: 64:55
GA: 2EV: 25-27
PIM: 0PP: 1-1
SV%: .929SH: 0-0

LOS ANGELES -- Colorado goaltender Sami Aittokallio was thrust into his first NHL game against the defending Stanley Cup Champions, and the first few minutes were predictable: two goals allowed on the first six shots.

But Aittokallio held his ground with 23 saves before leaving midway through the third period with an apparent lower-body injury. Jean-Sebastien Giguere finished the game for Colorado in net, but he wasn't able to stop any of the Kings' three attempts in the shootout as Los Angeles pulled out a 3-2 win on Thursday night.

Aittokallio, 20, was the second-youngest goalie ever to start for Colorado -- behind only 19-year-old Marc Denis in 1996. He was recalled this week because Semyon Varlamov was injured and coach Joe Sacco decided to give him a look. But Aittokallio went prone after a leg appeared to buckle under him while the Kings were attacking shorthanded and had to be helped off the ice.

Giguere, who got the win Wednesday night against the Anaheim Ducks, replaced him and made 10 saves in 15:36 of regulation and overtime before being beaten by Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter and Dustin Brown in the shootout.

The Avalanche tied it 2-2 at 5:15 of the third period when Stefan Elliott's point shot was deflected through traffic with Jonathan Quick sliding to his left. Patrick Bordeleau was credited with the goal - his first of his NHL career.

Colorado carried their momentum from the second period and outshot the Kings 9-0 to start the third. They gained a power play on Drew Doughty's high-sticking penalty but couldn't convert as Aittokallio went down during an awkward move in the net with the Kings attacking while shorthanded.

"He had cramps in the legs," coach Joe Sacco said. "Both legs cramped up. Obviously it was pretty serious because he couldn't finish the game. Just dehydrated."

After the quick start, Los Angeles had a big letdown second period and didn't put a shot on goal until Kopitar's easy wrister with 7:05 remaining. L.A. was outshot 11-6 and took a slim 2-1 lead into the third after Colorado's hard work finally paid off. David Jones freed the puck from Carter behind the net and Paul Stastny quickly stuffed it past Quick at 16:19. Stastny scored his first goal since he came back from a foot injury Tuesday.

Aittokallio's early nerves didn't get any help from his teammates, who took two penalties in the first five minutes. Carter ripped a wrist shot high from the left circle that banked in off the post at 5:27 with Brad Malone serving a holding penalty. Carter's 24th goal tied him with John Tavares of the New York Islanders for third in the NHL.

At 7:14, Richards grabbed Jake Muzzin's fanned shot and wristed it past Aittokallio from the high slot for a 2-0 lead.

Colorado's Milan Hejduk missed a seventh straight game with a shoulder injury. Defenseman Erik Johnson also left the game with a hand injury.

The Avs now return home for four-straight games, beginning on Saturday at 1 p.m. against the Vancouver Canucks.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:27
LAK
PPG - Jeff Carter (24) ASST: Mike Richards (18)
1 - 0 LAK
07:14
LAK
Mike Richards (10) ASST: Jake Muzzin (9), Dustin Penner (10)
2 - 0 LAK
2nd Period
16:22
COL
Paul Stastny (9) ASST: David Jones (5)
2 - 1 LAK
3rd Period
05:05
COL
Patrick Bordeleau (1) ASST: Stefan Elliott (1)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDLAKCOLTOTAL
1J. Carter
M. Duchene
1 - 0
2D. Brown
P. Parenteau
2 - 1
3A. Kopitar
3 - 1
penalty summary
1st Period
00:03
COL
David Jones  Hi-sticking against  Dustin Brown
04:52
COL
Brad Malone  Holding against  Jordan Nolan
10:37
COL
Greg Zanon  Charging against  Brad Richardson
2nd Period
03:37
LAK
Slava Voynov  Hooking against  Brad Malone
3rd Period
08:36
LAK
Jake Muzzin  Hi-sticking against  Jamie McGinn
11:55
COL
Paul Stastny  Hi-sticking against  Jake Muzzin
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Sami Aittokallio
SA: 25TOI: 49:20
Saves: 23EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .920SH: 1 - 1
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 12TOI: 15:36
Saves: 12EV: 10 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Quick
14-12-3
SA: 28TOI: 64:55
Saves: 26EV: 25 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .929SH: 0 - 0
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