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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

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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

Los Angeles Kings Off To 3-0 Start In Pre-Season

Anze Kopitar scored late in the third period to tie the game and right wing prospect Teddy Purcell scored the lone shootout goal to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 shootout victory over the Colorado Avalanche in pre-season action at the Pepsi Center in Denver on Wednesday night.

The Avs were the better team early, getting early first period goals from Ryan Smyth on the power play at 3:08, followed by an even-strength goal from Darcy Tucker at 8:25.

The Kings shook the cobwebs loose to start the second period and they dominated play the rest of the way, outshooting the Avs in the second period, 15-4 and 17-5 in the third period. But the Kings were unable to get on the scoreboard until center Jarret Stoll capitalized on a Colorado turnover and scored an unassisted goal at 18:20 of the second period. Read more of this post

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