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Stastny scores twice as Avalanche top Kings

Sep 20, 2007 - 6:42 AM By Dave Reed PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

DENVER (Ticker) -- Paul Stastny had two goals and two assists and Peter Budaj stopped 17 shots as the Colorado Avalanche posted a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in a preseason game Wednesday at the Pepsi Center.

The Avalanche struck for a pair of power-play goals in a span of 17 seconds, just after the Kings cut Colorado's three-goal lead to 4-3 early in the third period.

Stastny scored into an open net at 11:40 after Andrew Brunette's pass to Ryan Smyth went through the crease and three Kings defenders collapsed on Smyth. T.J. Hensick scored just after the ensuing faceoff, taking a pass from defenseman Scott Hannan and skating in alone on Los Angeles goaltender Jason LaBarbera.

After Brunette gave the Avalanche a 4-1 lead just 44 seconds into the third period, Derek Armstrong and Brian Boyle scored five minutes apart to get the Kings back in the game.

Smyth, one of Colorado's free-agent additions, scored a power-play goal late in the second period while skating with Joe Sakic and Brunette. Smyth grabbed the rebound of a shot by Brunette near the bottom of the right faceoff circle and beat LaBarbera with a wrister.

Brunette finished with a goal and three assists.

Hensick scored his first goal midway through the second period on the power play, taking a pass from Brunette near the bottom of the right circle and banking the puck off netminder Jean-Sebastien Aubin for his first preseason goal.

The Avalanche went 5-for-7 on the power play.

Stastny put Colorado on the board just 64 seconds into the game. But Kings defenseman Peter Harrold tied it early in the second period with a slap shot from above the left circle just as Los Angeles was beginning its third consecutive power play.

Armstrong also scored for the Kings, who were 1-for-7 with the man advantage.

Aubin made 13 saves before giving way to LaBarbera with 9:17 left in the second period. LaBarbera turned aside 12 shots.

Milan Hejduk and Marek Svatos did not play for Colorado, while Mike Cammalleri and defenseman Jack Johnson sat out for Los Angeles.

Colorado and Los Angeles will meet again on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    LOS ANGELES 0 1 2 3
    COLORADO 1 2 3 6 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COL - PAUL STASTNY 3 (JAROSLAV HLINKA, T.J. HENSICK) 1:04
    2ND PRD: LOS - (PP) PETER HARROLD 1 (KEVIN DALLMAN, MICHAL HANDZUS)
    2:16
    COL - (PP) T.J. HENSICK 1 (ANDREW BRUNETTE, PAUL STASTNY)
    10:43
    COL - (PP) RYAN SMYT

    Sep 19 11:29 PM


  • NHL
    LOS ANGELES 3
    COLORADO 6
    3RD PRD: COL - (PP) T.J. HENSICK 2 (SCOTT HANNAN) 11:57

    Kings vs. AvalancheSep 19 11:18 PM


  • NHL
    LOS ANGELES 3
    COLORADO 5
    3RD PRD: COL - (PP) PAUL STASTNY 4 (ANDREW BRUNETTE, JOHN-MICHAEL
    LILES) 11:40 (TWO-MAN ADVANTAGE)

    Kings vs. AvalancheSep 19 11:18 PM


  • NHL
    LOS ANGELES 3
    COLORADO 4
    3RD PRD: LOS - BRIAN BOYLE 1 (JEFF GIULIANO, BRADY MURRAY) 8:21

    Kings vs. AvalancheSep 19 11:10 PM


  • NHL
    LOS ANGELES 2
    COLORADO 4
    3RD PRD: LOS - DEREK ARMSTRONG 2 (PATRICK O'SULLIVAN, BRIAN WILLSIE)
    3:31

    Kings vs. AvalancheSep 19 11:01 PM


  • NHL
    LOS ANGELES 1
    COLORADO 4
    3RD PRD: COL - (PP) ANDREW BRUNETTE 1 (PAUL STASTNY, JOE SAKIC) 0:44

    Kings vs. AvalancheSep 19 10:58 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    LOS ANGELES 0 1 1
    COLORADO 1 2 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COL - PAUL STASTNY 3 (JAROSLAV HLINKA, T.J. HENSICK) 1:04
    2ND PRD: LOS - (PP) PETER HARROLD 1 (KEVIN DALLMAN, MICHAL HANDZUS)
    2:16
    COL - (PP) T.J. HENSICK 1 (ANDREW BRUNETTE, PAUL STASTNY)
    10:43
    COL - (

    Sep 19 10:43 PM


  • NHL
    LOS ANGELES 1
    COLORADO 3
    2ND PRD: COL - (PP) RYAN SMYTH 1 (ANDREW BRUNETTE, JOE SAKIC) 15:28

    Kings vs. AvalancheSep 19 10:33 PM


  • NHL
    LOS ANGELES 1
    COLORADO 2
    2ND PRD: COL - (PP) T.J. HENSICK 1 (ANDREW BRUNETTE, PAUL STASTNY)
    10:43

    Kings vs. AvalancheSep 19 10:22 PM


  • NHL
    LOS ANGELES 1
    COLORADO 1
    2ND PRD: LOS - (PP) PETER HARROLD 1 (KEVIN DALLMAN, MICHAL HANDZUS)
    2:16

    Kings vs. AvalancheSep 19 10:10 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    LOS ANGELES 0 0
    COLORADO 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COL - PAUL STASTNY 3 (JAROSLAV HLINKA, T.J. HENSICK) 1:04
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    LOS 4 4
    COL 8 8
    GOALIES: LOS - JEAN-SEBASTIEN

    Sep 19 9:46 PM


  • NHL
    LOS ANGELES 0
    COLORADO 1
    1ST PRD: COL - PAUL STASTNY 3 (JAROSLAV HLINKA, T.J. HENSICK) 1:04

    Kings vs. AvalancheSep 19 9:11 PM