Anze Kopitar ties it with 1:33 remaining, on what Nick Nickson describe as a give-and-go play with Matt Moulson. Kopitar scores on the backhand.
Colorado re-takes the lead with 8:24 remaining in the third period. Darcy Campbell is credited with the goal, on a shot from the point, with an assist to Paul Stastny, although it seems there might have been a deflection in front of the net.
It seems that the Kings were ready to carry over their strong second-period play, as they scored a power-play goal 20 seconds into the period. Matt Moulson put in a rebound of a shot by Dustin Brown. It’s now Jason Bacashihua in goal for Colorado, Jonathan Quick for the Kings.
Avalanche 2, Kings 1
It seems that the Kings really picked up the pace on offense late in the period, particularly after Stoll’s goal in the final four minutes. The Kings outshot the Avs 15-4 in the period and Erik Ersberg played the entire period. I imagine we’ll see Jonathan Quick in the third. Jack Johnson has played 17 minutes, 46 seconds, to lead all Kings in ice time.
Jarret Stoll took advantage of a turnover deep in the Colorado zone and scored on a backhand with 3:40 remaining in the second period. It’s an unassisted goal.
Avalanche 2, Kings 0
Shots were even at 7-7, but the radio team indicated a couple times that the Kings weren’t getting enough quality chances in front of the net and that most of their chances were coming from the perimeter. Colorado will have a 91-second power play to start the second period.
A turnover by Brian Boyle led to a Joe Sakic pass to Darcy Tucker, who beat Erik Ersberg for an even-strength goal 8:25 into the game. The Kings are being outshot 4-1.
Colorado scores on its first shot of the game, on the power play at 3:08. Ryan Smyth from Milan Hejduk and Paul Stastny. The Kings were shorthanded because they had two centers kicked out of the faceoff circle. Yes, really.
Per Nick Nickson, here’s the lines for tonight…
For the Kings…
FORWARDS: Derek Armstrong, Anze Kopitar, Brad Richardson, Kyle Calder, Dustin Brown, Michal Handzus, Jarret Stoll, Raitis Ivanans, Ted Purcell, Wayne Simmonds, Matt Moulson, Brian Boyle.
DEFENSMEN: Matt Greene, Jack Johnson, Tom Preissing, Davis Drewiske, Alec Martinez, Drew Doughty.
GOALIES: Erik Ersberg, Jonathan Quick.
It’s largely an NHL roster for Colorado as well. Brian Willsie is playing for the Avs.