Second period: Kings 4, Avalanche 1

The Kings led 4-1 going into the third period, taking advantage of some lackluster goaltending from Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov. The Avalanche got within 2-1 after Milan Hejduk scored a power-play goal only 1:16 into the second period, but it didn’t take long before the Kings answered.

Trevor Lewis made it 3-1 with the Kings’ first shorthanded goal of the season at 2:51 of the middle period. Jarret Stoll earned an assist the hard way, blocking a shot from Colorado’s Tyson Barrie. The puck ricocheted to Lewis, who raced down the right wing and beat Varlamov.

Lewis’ shot whistled through Varlamov’s legs for a goal that certainly fit into the “soft” category. It was Lewis’ second goal in as many games. He also scored in the Kings’ victory Wednesday over the Calgary Flames, after he began playing on a line with Jeff Carter and Mike Richards.

The Kings increased their lead to 4-1 when Anze Kopitar drifted unmarked into the slot, accepted a centering pass from Dustin Penner from the left wing and beat Varlamov at the 16:42 mark of the second. It was only the second point in nine games this season for Penner.

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