Los Angeles at Colorado

Kings 6, Avalanche 5


DENVER -- Los Angeles rookie goalie Jonathan Quick has only himself to blame for the hectic final 12 minutes as the Kings outlasted the Colorado Avalanche 6-5 on Wednesday night.

Quick's giveaway goal helped the Avs trim a four-goal deficit to one.

Quick was about to pass the puck to his defensemen on his right and never saw Brian Willsie, who intercepted the puck and put it into the net for his first goal of the season to pull the Avs to 6-4.

"It would have been a pretty nice assist if the guy was on my team," Quick said. "Unfortunately, he wasn't. He made a nice play and nice shot. The team bounced back. They responded after they scored that fifth goal and they played great defensively. That kind of took a little bit of pressure off me."

After Cody McLeod's goal 90 seconds later pulled Colorado to 6-5, the Avs had numerous chances to tie, but Quick made several nice saves to preserve the win.

"It's a great game for a rookie goaltender to deal with what's going on: the emotion in the game, the opposing team jamming the net and whacking away at him," Kings coach Terry Murray said. "He'll grow from this."

The Avs pulled their goalie with a minute left to no avail. Ryan Smyth's shot in the waning seconds was wide of the net, and the Kings celebrated their first two-game winning streak since Dec. 11-13.

"We made a couple of bad mistakes. It was a little nervous, but I think we responded pretty well," said Alexander Frolov, who scored twice for Los Angeles."We saw we were capable of scoring tonight and everyone tried to put the puck on the net and make something happen. We have to learn how to play when we lead in the third period."

The Kings chased struggling goalie Peter Budaj with a three-goal onslaught in the second period.

Frolov's power play goal broke a 1-1 tie after John-Michael Liles went to the penalty box for hooking in the opening minute of the second quarter.

Nineteen seconds later, Jack Johnson's one-timer made it 3-1. Then Dustin Brown picked up a loose puck in front of Budaj, skated behind the net and passed it to Jarret Stoll, who put it high over Budaj, who was scrambling back into position.

That was all for Budaj, who has lost five of his last six starts.

He was replaced by Andrew Raycroft, who surrendered two quick goals himself before Colorado mounted a comeback that fell just short.

The Avs, who had won all three of their games against the Kings this season, pulled to 4-2 on T.J. Hensick's power-play goal, but a minute later, the Kings had doubled their cushion. Frolov's second goal made it 5-2, followed 21 seconds later by Brown's score that made it 6-2.

The crazy period ended with Colorado's Chris Stewart scoring with 7.2 seconds left, pulling the Avs to 6-3.

Colorado was trying to sweep the Kings in a season series for the first time since the franchise moved to Denver in 1995-96, and it seemed to have the right man for the job in the goal in Budaj. He was 3-0 with a 2.27 goals-against average against the Kings this season. In eight career appearances against Los Angeles, Budaj was 6-1-1.

"It was a crazy game," Avs forward Wojtek Wolski said. "The puck just seemed to bounce for them early and they got a couple of goals really quickly and that kind of put us down. But we seemed to find a way to get back into it. We had so many chances there at the end that we probably should have put one in."

The teams exchanged power-play goals in the first period. Kyle Calder tipped in Drew Doughty's shot from the point to put Los Angeles on top 1-0, and the Avs tied it five minutes later when Marek Svatos put the puck past Quick.


After the game, the Avs reassigned D Kyle Cumiskey and F Chris Durno to the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL. ... D Adam Foote (triceps) didn't play against the Kings after participating in practice Tuesday. ... The Avs have won six of eight from Los Angeles. ... The Avalanche are in the midst of an eight-game homestand, the second-longest in franchise history.

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Los Angeles  (19-20-7) «1506
Colorado (23-23-1)1225
Three Stars
A. Frolov

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
J. Stoll

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
M. Handzus

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
02:14Power Play - Kyle Calder (6), Tip-In. Assist: Doughty, Kopitar
07:40Power Play - Marek Svatos (8), Slap Shot. Assist: Wolski, Liles
01:25Power Play - Alexander Frolov (19), Slap Shot. Assist: Quincey, Stoll
01:54Jack Johnson (1), Slap Shot. Assist: O'Sullivan, Handzus
05:01Jarret Stoll (10), Wrist Shot. Assist: Brown, O'Sullivan
13:31Power Play - T.J. Hensick (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Tucker, Stewart
14:11Alexander Frolov (20), Wrist Shot. Assist: Handzus, Quincey
14:32Dustin Brown (17), Wrist Shot. Assist: Kopitar
19:52Chris Stewart (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Hensick, Salei
05:53Brian Willsie (1), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
07:36Cody McLeod (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: Tucker, Salei
Penalty Summary
47.0Salei, 2 min, Hooking
04:14Calder, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
06:35Johnson, 2 min, Slashing
10:09Simmonds, 2 min, Slashing
13:35O'Donnell, 5 min, Fighting
13:35Stewart, 5 min, Fighting
16:29Johnson, 2 min, Slashing
54.0Liles, 2 min, Hooking
11:34Ivanans, 2 min, Slashing
13:31Stewart, 2 min, Roughing
13:31Simmonds, 2 min, Roughing
03:15Greene, 2 min, Hooking
13:31Doughty, 2 min, Hooking
14:12Smyth, 2 min, Interference
Shots On Goal
Los Angeles614828
Jonathan Quick60:00365
Peter Budaj25:01114
Andrew Raycroft34:03112
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Los Angeles2-for-3
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