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Avs turn tables on Kings with home victory

Feb 23, 2012 - 4:59 AM
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Paul Stastny tallied twice as Colorado finished off a season sweep of Los Angeles with a 4-1 decision at Pepsi Center.

"From start to finish tonight we played our game. We kept attacking even after we were up four goals," said Stastny. "Our defense played really well and created a lot of offense for us."

Mark Olver and Jay McClement also lit the lamp for the Avalanche, who took all four games this year over the Kings for the first time since moving to Denver prior to the 1995-96 campaign. LA won all four meetings a season ago.

Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves to pick up his second victory in three starts.

Dustin Brown provided the sole offense for the Kings, who dropped their fourth straight game and sixth in seven.

Jonathan Quick took the loss and was pulled following the first period after allowing three goals on 11 shots. Jonathan Bernier stopped 15 shots the rest of the way.

Olver started the early burst when he ripped a shot under the crossbar from the inner edge of the left circle just over seven minutes in.

Stastny doubled the edge exactly six minutes later when he grabbed an errant Kyle Clifford clear behind Quick, and scored on a wraparound.

It was 3-0 with 2:38 left before intermission as McClement tipped in a Ryan O'Reilly centering pass.

"It's 3-0 and something had to change. They were moving the puck so well and created a lot of chances early," Quick noted. "We have to be prepared and ready to play every night from now on. They seemed to want it more than we did."

Bernier spelled Quick for the start of the second but the move failed to spark the visitors. Stastny pumped in a power-play goal at 12:45 of the second period when he netted a Gabriel Landeskog rebound while falling down.

Brown hit the scoreboard for LA with 4:35 played in the third after Brown tipped in a Drew Doughty point blast, but the visitors had no more answers.

Game Notes

Stastny recorded his second multi-goal game of the season, after a two-goal performance at San Jose on December 15...Avs defenseman Erik Johnson left after the first period with back spasms and did not return...Steve Downie, acquired from Tampa Bay on Tuesday, finished his first game in a Colorado uniform with one shot on goal in 16:20 of ice time.