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Five-goal second period helps Kings stave off Avalanche

Jan 22, 2009 - 6:20 AM By Dave Reed PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

DENVER (Ticker) -- The Los Angeles Kings' five-goal second period nearly fell by the wayside.

Alexander Frolov recorded a pair of goals in the session and the Kings held on for a 6-5 triumph over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday.

Jarret Stoll and All-Star Dustin Brown notched a goal and an assist apiece and Kyle Calder and defenseman Jack Johnson also tallied for Los Angeles, which posted its second straight win after going 0-3-1 in its previous four contests.

"It was a huge two wins for us right before the All-Star break, and hopefully it will give us some confidence when we get back," Frolov said.

Michal Handzus, Anze Kopitar, Patrick O'Sullivan and defenseman Kyle Quincey each notched two assists for the Kings, who snapped a four-game skid against the Avalanche.

Chris Stewart and T.J. Hensick recorded a goal and an assist apiece and Marek Svatos, Brian Willsie and Cody McLeod also scored for Colorado, which trailed, 6-2, late in the second period in this one.

"It just shows what this team can do when they show up and play a 20-minute period," Stewart said. "In this league, you have to play a full 60 minutes to win games."

Darcy Tucker and defenseman Ruslan Salei both set up a pair of tallies for the Avalanche, who fell to 1-4-0 in their last five games.

"It was a crazy game," said Colorado's Wojtek Wolski, who set up Svatos' first-period tally that tied the game at 1-1. "The puck just seemed to bounce for them early and they got a couple goals really quickly, and that kind of put us down. But we seemed to find a way to get back into it."

With the game tied at 1-1, the Kings scored three times in a span of 3:36 early in the second period to seize control.

Frolov unleashed a shot from above the left faceoff circle that beat goaltender Peter Budaj 85 seconds into the session, and Johnson netted his first goal of the season from nearly the same spot just 29 seconds later.

"We saw that we are capable of scoring the last two nights," Frolov said, referring to the Kings' 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. "We have to learn how to play when we have the lead in the third period. We're getting better."

Stoll gave the Kings a three-goal lead 5:01 into the period, when he knocked in Brown's centering pass for his 10th tally of the campaign, chasing Budaj in the process. The Slovakian netminder allowed four goals on 15 shots before being relieved by Andrew Raycroft, who also made 11 saves.

After Hensick tallied 8 1/2 minutes later to cut the deficit to 4-2, Frolov and Brown struck 21 seconds apart to give Los Angeles a four-goal cushion with 5:28 remaining in the session.

"You never know what's going to happen, especially in today's NHL," Brown said. "We've come back from three goals, and they were close tonight.

"Those goals ended up being the difference. It was a huge two points for us."

Stewart scored with eight seconds to go in the period for his fourth point in the last three games, drawing Colorado within 6-3.

With added confidence, the Avalanche struck again as Willsie knocked down goalie Jonathan Quick's clearing attempt before wristing it into the net for his first of the season at 5:53 of the third.

"It would have been a pretty nice assist if the guy was on my team," Quick said. "Unfortunately, he wasn't. He made a nice play, a nice shot."

Just 1:43 later, McLeod buried a rebound to make it a one-goal game, but Quick and the Kings thwarted the Avalanche over the final 13:24 of the contest.

"It's a great game for a rookie goaltender, to be able to deal with what's going on with emotion of the game, the fans and the opposing team really jamming the net," Kings coach Terry Murray said. "He'll grow from this one."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    LOS ANGELES 1 5 0 6
    COLORADO 1 2 2 5 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: LOS - (PP) KYLE CALDER 6 (DREW DOUGHTY, ANZE KOPITAR) 2:14
    COL - (PP) MAREK SVATOS 9 (WOJTEK WOLSKI, JOHN-MICHAEL
    LILES) 7:40
    2ND PRD: LOS - (PP) ALEXANDER FROLOV 19 (KYLE QUINCEY, JARRET STOLL)
    1:25
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    COLORADO 5
    3RD PRD: COL - CODY MCLEOD 11 (DARCY TUCKER, RUSLAN SALEI) 7:36

    Kings 6, Avalanche 5  3rd - 12:24Jan 21 11:11 PM


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    LOS ANGELES 6
    COLORADO 4
    3RD PRD: COL - BRIAN WILLSIE 1 (UNASSISTED) 5:53

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    COLORADO 3
    2ND PRD: COL - CHRIS STEWART 6 (T.J. HENSICK, RUSLAN SALEI) 19:52

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    COLORADO 2
    2ND PRD: LOS - DUSTIN BROWN 17 (ANZE KOPITAR) 14:32

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    2ND PRD: LOS - JACK JOHNSON 1 (PATRICK O'SULLIVAN, JOHN ZEILER) 1:54

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    2ND PRD: LOS - (PP) ALEXANDER FROLOV 19 (KYLE QUINCEY, JARRET STOLL)
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    COLORADO 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
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    COL - (PP) MAREK SVATOS 9 (WOJTEK WOLSKI, JOHN-MICHAEL
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    1ST PRD: COL - (PP) MAREK SVATOS 9 (WOJTEK WOLSKI, JOHN-MICHAEL LILES)
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