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.
Matt Hendricks, Milan Hejduk and Paul Stastny scored in the first period for Colorado, with Hejduk’s and Stastny’s goals coming on the power play. Stastny’s goal at the 18:08 mark chased Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, who was replaced by Erik Ersberg.
Anze Kopitar got the Kings on the board at the 10:00 mark of the first period. With his 33rd goal of the season, he set a new National Hockey League career high in goals.
The Kings made their run early in the third period when Doughty scored on a wrist shot from above the top of the slot just forty seconds into the third period with the Kings on the power play.
Frolov’s late goal tied the game, forcing overtime and the shootout.
The Kings (42-24-6, 90 points) remain in fifth place in the Western Conference. They lead sixth place Colorado and seventh place Nashville by one point and eighth place Detroit by two points.
The Calgary Flames (83 points) are in ninth place.
The Kings have at least one game in hand on every team in the conference except for Chicago, which has also played 72 games.
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