First period: Kings 2, Avalanche 0

Colorado Avalanche coach Joe Sacco gave rookie goaltender Sami Aittokallio his first start Thursday night. All he had to do was face the defending Stanley Cup champions two nights after they stunk it up in the third period of a 5-1 loss to the Dallas Stars. The Avs didn’t make it easy on the 20-year-old Finn, giving up two early goals and hardly showing up after they played exceptionally well in defeating the Ducks on Wednesday. Jeff Carter (power play) and Mike Richards scored for the Kings, who outshot Colorado 15-4 in the period. Jonathan Quick hardly had to break a sweat in the opening 20 minutes.

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