NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Colorado|
(Tuesday, January 22nd)
Final Score: Colorado 3, Los Angeles 1
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - David Jones' power-play goal at 2:35 of the
third period proved to be the game-winner, as the Colorado Avalanche came from
behind to beat the Los Angeles Kings, 3-1, in their home opener at Pepsi
Jones scored 1:35 after new Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog had tied the
game. Free-agent acquisition PA Parenteau added another goal later on for
Colorado, which killed all six Los Angeles power plays and got 28 saves from
"We created some momentum (in the third) and we had some good penalty kills
all night long," Landeskog said.
The Avalanche's penalty killing was ineffective in their season opener. They
allowed two power-play goals in Saturday's 4-2 loss at Minnesota.
Kyle Clifford supplied the lone goal for the Kings, who have dropped five in a
row to the Avalanche. Jonathan Quick stopped all 19 shots he faced through the
first 40 minutes before surrendering three goals on 12 third-period shots.
Anze Kopitar returned to the Los Angeles lineup after missing Saturday's
season-opening 5-2 loss to Chicago with a sprained right knee he sustained
while playing in Sweden during the lockout.
"We made some mistakes and turnovers that cost us," Kopitar said.
Taking a lead into the third period usually meant points for the Kings. They
had gone 86-0-9 the previous 95 times when leading after two frames. On
Tuesday, Los Angeles suffered its first such regulation loss since April 2,
Landeskog erased a 1-0 deficit one minute into the third period. Last year's
Calder Trophy winner as the league's top rookie, Landeskog was the recipient
of a friendly carom after Jan Hejda's point shot sailed wide of the net. The
puck bounced off the end boards right to Landeskog, who buried it behind
Twenty-seven seconds later, Dustin Penner went to the penalty box for holding
and Jones beat Quick with a wrister on the ensuing man-advantage.
Parenteau made it 3-1 after defenseman Erik Johnson, who played in his 300th
career game, fed him from behind the net for a tap-in at 8:16.
"I'm just glad I was in the right spot," Parenteau said.
Clifford went to the net and banged home the rebound of a Jordan Nolan shot
with 4:08 remaining in the first period.
Colorado forward Steve Downie left the game with a knee injury ... Prior to
their recent slide in this series, the Kings were 8-0-1 against the Avalanche.
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