After spotting the Colorado Avalanche two first period goals, the Los Angeles Kings got goals from Matt Moulson, Vladimir Dravecky and Anze Kopitar, but it was not enough, as T.J. Hensick scored the lone shootout goal to give the Avalanche a 4-3 shootout win over the Kings in pre-season action at the MGM Grand Garden Arena at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Matt Hendrick scored a shorthanded goal at 2:12, converting a turnover by Kopitar while the Kings were on the power play. Tucker scored at 13:03 to give the Avs a 2-0 lead.
The Kings came back to tie the game on two goals scored within 1:20 when Moulson scored at 14:18 on the power play followed by Dravecky at 15:20.
Kopitar scored the lone goal in the second period on the power play after Avs forward Cody McCormick received a match penalty for spearing at 18:54.
Jordan Leopold scored the only goal of the third period at the 15:24 mark, tying the game and forcing overtime and the eventual shootout.
Andrew Raycroft went all the way in goal for the Avs, allowing three goals on 27 shots.
Jason LaBarbera got the start in goal for the Kings, allowing two goals on 22 shots. Erik Ersberg finished up for the Kings, allowing a goal on five shots.
NOTE: Kings right wing prospect Wayne Simmonds received a match penalty at 5:18 of the first period after getting into an altercation with Avs forward Cody McLeod. Simmonds had tape on his hand during the fight, resulting in the match penalty being called.
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