The only consistency the Kings could find in their play to start the season was inconsistency. Then they faced the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center and something clicked during their third consecutive win.
The Kings scored first for the third consecutive game, extended their lead for a third contest in a row and played with a sense of purpose that eluded them during the opening games of their Stanley Cup championship defense.
Their victory over the Avalanche also was their fifth in six games, with their only loss a 3-2 decision to the NHL-leading Chicago Blackhawks last Sunday. They came out flat and trailed the Blackhawks by three goals early in the second period.
The Kings haven’t trailed for so much as a minute in any of their next three games. They led the Avalanche by 2-0 after the first period and 4-1 after two. Team captain Dustin Brown scored only 58 seconds into the game, and the Kings seemed to be skating downhill the rest of the way.