NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Los Angeles|
(Saturday, February 23rd)
Final Score: Los Angeles 4, Colorado 1
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Jonathan Quick stopped 23 shots, while
Dustin Brown tallied in the first minute of regulation to help the Los Angeles
Kings take a 4-1 decision over Colorado at Staples Center.
"The guys did a great job in front of me. We forced them to turn the
puck over, which helped us offensively," said Quick of his teammates, who have
combined to give up just three goals in the last three games. "When you win
games your confidence gets better as a team."
Jeff Carter, Trevor Lewis and Anze Kopitar also lit the lamp for the Kings,
who have won three in a row and five of six.
Milan Hejduk posted the sole offense and Semyon Varlamov made 22 stops in
defeat for the Avalanche, who had won three of their last four coming in.
Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog returned to the lineup for the first time
since suffering a concussion on Jan. 26.
Brown opened the scoring with a rocket one-timer from the left wing at the 58-
second mark. Justin Williams aided the play by skating up the right side and
finding a seam in the middle with which to slip his pass.
Carter celebrated the one-year anniversary of his acquisition from the
Blue Jackets by doubling the LA advantage on a wrister with 5:38 remaining.
Former Flyers teammate Mike Richards threaded a pass to the winger
for his ninth goal of the season.
Hejduk was planted to the right of Quick and converted a PA Parenteau pass
during a 4-on-3 power play to get Colorado on the board with 1:16 gone in the
However, Lewis restored the Kings' two-goal margin only 1:35 later, and
Kopitar produced a 4-1 margin with his wrister at 16:42.
Quick shut the door in the third period, halting all five Colorado
"We had some costly turnovers. We didn't play well at all and we have
to learn to compete for a full 60 minutes," noted Avalanche head coach Joe
Los Angeles snapped a five-game losing streak to Colorado, dating back to a
4-1 home win on Mar. 26, 2011 ... Prior to the game, the Kings honored former
player Ian Laperriere (1996-2004), who also skated for the Avalanche from
2005-09 ... LA wore throwback purple-and-gold jerseys as the club originally
donned from 1967-80 ... On Feb. 23, 2012, the Kings acquired Carter from
Columbus in exchange for defenseman Jack Johnson and a first-round draft pick
02/23 19:23:37 ET