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Svatos scores decisive goal as Avalanche edge Kings

Nov 23, 2008 - 8:01 AM
By Jonathan Raber PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- When it comes to shootouts, no team comes through like the Colorado Avalanche.

Marek Svatos and Milan Hejduk scored in the shootout and Peter Budaj stopped both shots he faced in the bonus format as the Avalanche posted a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

Budaj stopped Patrick O'Sullivan's wrist shot before Svatos beat goaltender Erik Ersberg between the pads with a backhander. Captain Dustin Brown was denied on Los Angeles' second attempt, and Hejduk slipped in another backhander to seal the win.

Hejduk, Wojtek Wolski and Paul Stastny scored in regulation and Budaj stopped 27 shots for the Avalanche, who snapped a two-game skid despite the continued absence of captain Joe Sakic due to a back injury.

"(Budaj) has been very solid the last couple of weeks," Colorado coach Tony Granato said. "And when you're confident in your goalie, that makes a difference in every game."

Colorado has now won all four of its shootouts this season, and eight in a row dating back to last season - the longest active streak in the league.

"It's a huge win. We're playing good hockey," Avalanche right wing Ian Laperriere said. "We came here for a battle and we came out with two points."

O'Sullivan, Brown and Alexander Frolov tallied and Ersberg made 26 saves for the Kings, who have lost three of four (1-2-1).

"A shootout loss is a shootout loss," Brown said. "It's 50-50, really. They had better shooters than we did."

"Maybe we had a few letdowns, but we've got to work from that," Kings rookie defenseman Drew Doughty said.

Trailing by a goal after two periods, the Kings took their first lead of the night when O'Sullivan and Brown scored in a span of 74 seconds early in the third.

It did not take long for Colorado to respond, however, as Stastny knotted it at 3-3 with a deflection in front of the net less than 2 1/2 minutes later.

"They have a lot of skilled forwards and they all shoot the puck," Brown said. "A lot of their chances were off the scramble of blocked shots. Whether they were getting blocked or Ersberg was making saves, it's hard for our defensive group to respond to all the shots."

Things got heated in the second period, when John Zeiler laid a big hit on Colorado defenseman Adam Foote, which resulted in a brief delay due to the injury and an ensuing melee.

Zeiler leveled Foote with a vicious blow into the boards nearly seven minutes into the session, sending the veteran to the ice, where he lay motionless for a few moments. Paramedics wheeled a stretcher onto the ice, but Foote was able to skate off with some assistance.

Foote was diagnosed with a back injury and did not return.

"I saw Foote on the ground, and I kind of knew it wasn't a clean hit because he was hit from behind," Laperriere said. "We all jumped in there to back up our teammate. But those hits have to stop before someone gets hurt or even killed. Guys have to be smarter, and it has to come from the players. The league can only do so much."

When the dust settled, five players received penalties - including Zeiler, who was given a boarding major and game misconduct as well as a roughing minor.

Less than a minute earlier, Wolski had given the Avalanche a 2-0 lead with a power-play goal. But the Kings halved the deficit with 4:15 left in the period, when Frolov's slap shot skidded past Budaj.

"They were stronger on the puck," Los Angeles coach Terry Murray said. "They were controlling the small areas of the game in the first two periods, but to come back the way we did in the early part of the third period is a big effort."

Like Foote, Wolski ended up departing after taking a big hit. Kings defenseman Sean O'Donnell crunched the Pole's head into the end boards in the third, chasing him from the game.








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    FINAL IN SHOOTOUT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    COLORADO 1 1 1 0 (2) 4
    LOS ANGELES 0 1 2 0 (0) 3 FINAL IN SHOOTOUT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COL - (PP) MILAN HEJDUK 9 (T.J. HENSICK, RUSLAN SALEI) 17:10
    2ND PRD: COL - (PP) WOJTEK WOLSKI 2 (PAUL STASTNY, JOHN-MICHAEL
    LILES) 5:59
    LOS - (PP) ALEXANDER FROLOV 6 (KY

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    END OF OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    COLORADO 1 1 1 0 3
    LOS ANGELES 0 1 2 0 3 END OF OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COL - (PP) MILAN HEJDUK 9 (T.J. HENSICK, RUSLAN SALEI) 17:10
    2ND PRD: COL - (PP) WOJTEK WOLSKI 2 (PAUL STASTNY, JOHN-MICHAEL
    LILES) 5:59
    LOS - (PP) ALEXANDER FROLOV 6 (KYLE QUIN

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    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    COLORADO 1 1 1 3
    LOS ANGELES 0 1 2 3 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COL - (PP) MILAN HEJDUK 9 (T.J. HENSICK, RUSLAN SALEI) 17:10
    2ND PRD: COL - (PP) WOJTEK WOLSKI 2 (PAUL STASTNY, JOHN-MICHAEL
    LILES) 5:59
    LOS - (PP) ALEXANDER FROLOV 6 (KYLE QUINCEY, JARRET STOLL)
    14:4

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    COLORADO 3
    LOS ANGELES 3
    3RD PRD: COL - PAUL STASTNY 4 (SCOTT HANNAN, WOJTEK WOLSKI) 4:31

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    COLORADO 2
    LOS ANGELES 3
    3RD PRD: LOS - DUSTIN BROWN 8 (UNASSISTED) 2:03

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    COLORADO 2
    LOS ANGELES 2
    3RD PRD: LOS - PATRICK O'SULLIVAN 5 (ALEXANDER FROLOV) 0:49

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLORADO 1 1 2
    LOS ANGELES 0 1 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COL - (PP) MILAN HEJDUK 9 (T.J. HENSICK, RUSLAN SALEI) 17:10
    2ND PRD: COL - (PP) WOJTEK WOLSKI 2 (PAUL STASTNY, JOHN-MICHAEL
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    LOS - (PP) ALEXANDER FROLOV 6 (KYLE QUINCEY, JARRET STOLL)
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    COLORADO 2
    LOS ANGELES 1
    2ND PRD: LOS - (PP) ALEXANDER FROLOV 6 (KYLE QUINCEY, JARRET STOLL)
    14:45

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    COLORADO 2
    LOS ANGELES 0
    2ND PRD: COL - (PP) WOJTEK WOLSKI 2 (PAUL STASTNY, JOHN-MICHAEL LILES)
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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    COLORADO 1 1
    LOS ANGELES 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COL - (PP) MILAN HEJDUK 9 (T.J. HENSICK, RUSLAN SALEI) 17:10
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    COL 14 14
    LOS 13 13
    GOALIES: COL - PETER BUDAJ


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