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Frozen Royalty Audio: Varlamov, Avalanche, Steal 2-1 Shootout Win From LA Kings

Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (center) scored his tenth goal of the season, but it was not enough, as the Colorado Avalanche won a 2-1 shootout decision over the Kings on January 2, 2012, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Photo: Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images and the LA Kings

LOS ANGELES — Despite controlling the play, often dominating the game, the Los Angeles Kings came up against a white hot goaltender in Semyon Varlamov, who led the Colorado Avalanche to a 2-1 shootout win over the Kings at Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 2.

Dustin Brown scored his tenth goal of the season to give the Kings a 1-0 lead at the 1:34 mark of the second period to give his team a 1-0 lead. Read more of this post

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LA Kings Come Up Just Short At Colorado on NHL Video

Right wing Alexander Frolov deflected a point shot by defenseman Drew Doughty at 18:39 of the third period to left the Los Angeles Kings into a 3-3 tie with the Colorado Avalanche at the end of regulation play, but Avs right wing Chris Stewart scored the shootout game-winner, leading Colorado to a 4-3 win over the Kings at Pepsi Center in Denver on March 24.

The Avs jumped out to a 3-1 lead after one period, getting a big assist from the Kings, who took ten minutes worth of penalties and allowed two power play goals. Read more of this post

Avalanche Creates Confusion For Kings In 4-3 Shootout Win

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings have struggled lately against the Colorado Avalanche and despite the fact that the Avs were without star center Joe Sakic on Saturday night, those struggles continued as the Avs disappointed an announced sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center by handing the Kings a 4-3 shootout defeat. Read more of this post

Second Period Lapse Overshadows Rookie Milestones: Avalanche Squeak Past Kings, 4-3

LOS ANGELES — As in most professional sports, in the National Hockey League, one or two mistakes are often the difference between winning and losing, and the young Los Angeles Kings learned that lesson the hard way on Monday night in a 4-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche in front of an announced crowd of 13,891 fans at Staples Center.

Ryan Smyth led the way for the Avs with two goals, including the game-winner scored at 16:32 of the second period, spoiling the night for Kings rookie forward Oscar Moller and rookie defenseman Drew Doughty, who both scored their first NHL goals.

Moller opened the scoring on the power play at 6:19 of the first period, only to see Smyth tie the game on a wrist shot from the left circle at 11:28. Smyth’s goal came as a result of the first and only strong shift by the Avs in the period.

Left wing Patrick O’Sullivan gave the Kings a 2-1 lead with a goal at 3:02 of the second period, but then the wheels fell off the Kings’ cart. Read more of this post

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