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.

Winger prospect Matt Moulson tied the game with a power play goal just twenty seconds into the third period, but Smyth, who was named the third star of the game, scored his second goal of the game, deflecting an innocent-looking wrist shot from the point by Avs defenseman Darcy Campbell past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick at 11:36.

But the Kings continued to pressure the Avs, leading to Kopitar tying the game on the end of a give-and-go play with Moulson at 18:27.

After Kopitar, who was the number two star of the game, and Kings right wing Dustin Brown were stopped in the shootout by Avs goalie Jason Bacashihua, Purcell scored to secure the win for the Kings.

Kings goalie prospect Jonathan Quick faced Tucker, Joe Sakic and Smyth in the shootout, stopping all three attempts.

Erik Ersberg got the start in goal for the Kings, allowing two goals on eleven shots in 40:00 of ice time. Quick finished up, allowing a goal on eight shots after starting the third period for the Kings.

Peter Budaj started the game for the Avs, allowing a goal on 22 shots in 40:00 of ice time. Bacashihua started the third period and allowed two goals on 19 shots.

The Kings are now 3-0 to start the 2008-09 pre-season.

NOTES: Right wing Alexander Frolov has “lower body soreness,” which is not thought to be anything serious. He is day-to-day.

Forward prospect Marc-André Cliche;, who was hit during practice on Sunday by teammate Denis Gauthier suffered a separated shoulder. He is out indefinitely.

Forward prospect Richard Clune suffered a broken bone in his chest during Monday’s pre-season game against Phoenix. He is out indefinitely.

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