Final - OT
  for this game

Svatos stars for Avalanche in shootout win over Kings

Oct 1, 2006 - 4:05 AM DENVER (Ticker) -- Marek Svatos got things started for the Colorado Avalanche. He also helped end the preseason on a high note.

Svatos opened the scoring two minutes into the game and netted the only goal of the shootout as the Avalanche posted a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in the preseason finale for both clubs.

Before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury, Svatos was making a case for the Calder Trophy in 2005-06, scoring 32 goals in 61 games. The 24-year-old Slovakian was in good form Saturday, igniting a three-goal outburst in the first period by beating goaltender Dan Cloutier at 2:05.

Former Maurice Richard Trophy winner Milan Hejduk and newcomer Tyler Arnason scored 32 seconds apart late in the first to give Colorado a 3-0 bulge. However, Lauri Tukonen got the Kings on the board at 5:37 of the second period and Jeff Cowan tallied twice later in the session to forge a tie.

Neither team was able to break through over the next 25 minutes, sending the game into a shootout. Svatos was the star of the format, scoring on the Avalanche's second opportunity to give the team a 3-0 record in shootouts this preseason.

Jose Theodore made 28 saves for Colorado, which hosts the Dallas Stars in its regular-season opener Wednesday.

Brian Willsie had two assists and Cloutier stopped 40 shots for the Kings, who start the campaign on the road against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

No one has shouted yet.
Be the first!