User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Soccer
Golf
Auto
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Kings pound Avalanche, 4-1

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dustin Brown and Jeff Carter scored first-period goals, Trevor Lewis added his first career short-handed goal, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Saturday for their third straight victory.

Advertisement
Anze Kopitar also scored and Jonathan Quick made 23 saves for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who won for the fifth time in six games after beginning the day 11th in the Western Conference and two points out of a playoff spot. Last season, the Kings became the first team in history to win the Cup as an eighth seed.

Milan Hejduk scored a power-play goal for the Avalanche, who had won their previous five meetings with the Kings. Semyon Varlamov made 22 saves.

Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog, who missed 11 games because of a concussion after he took a hit from Brad Stuart of the Sharks on Jan. 26 at San Jose, returned to action. The 20-year-old left wing from Stockholm was last season's rookie of the year.

The Kings, who were outscored 18-5 in the first period through their first 15 games, took a 1-0 lead just 58 seconds after the opening faceoff. Brown converted a cross-ice pass from Justin Williams for his fifth goal, beating Varlamov to the stick side with a one-timer from 40 feet.

Carter scored his ninth of the season and fifth in six games, beating Varlamov low to the stick side with a 35-foot wrist shot from the slot for a 2-0 lead after Mike Richards backhanded the puck to him from the left boards. Quick helped keep the score that way through the end of the first, robbing Paul Stastny just in front of the crease in the final minute after a perfect setup by Landeskog.

The Avalanche got on the board at 1:16 of the second period with a goal by Hejduk during a 4-on-3 power play, but the Kings responded about 90 seconds later with their first short-handed goal of the season. Lewis put a soft wrist shot between Varlamov's pads from the right circle after Jarret Stoll blocked a slapshot by Tyson Barrie at the other end.

Kopitar made it 4-1 at 16:42 of the second with a 25-foot snap shot that beat Varlamov to the stick side after Dustin Penner circled the net and fed Kopitar in the slot.

NOTES: A moment of silence was observed for Jerry Buss, who died last Monday at age 80. He purchased the Kings, Lakers and the Inglewood Forum from Jack Kent Cooke in 1979, winning 10 NBA titles in 33-plus seasons with the Lakers. Buss owned the Kings for nine seasons, including 1981-82, when Daryl Evans scored the winning goal in the ``Miracle on Manchester'' playoff victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Buss also helped bring the NHL All-Star game to the Forum in February 1981. ... C Ian Laperriere, whose 15-year NHL career included nine seasons for Los Angeles and four with Colorado, was honored by the Kings in a pregame ceremony - the first installment of the team's annual ``Legends Series.'' Kelly Hrudey, the only goaltender other than Quick to lead the Kings to the Stanley Cup Finals (1993), will get the same treatment on March 9 before the game against Calgary.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Sharks sign D Braun to $19M extension
Oilers hire Olympic figure skating champ
Jackets ready to move on from Johansen
Red Wings agree to deal with DeKeyser
Ducks re-sign Smith-Pelly to deal
Habs to have four alternate captains
Ovechkin: Right knee 'doesn't bother me'
Blue Jackets sign top pick Milano
NHL rules changes crack down on diving
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NHL Pro Hockey Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2013 NHL SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 2196
Bruce Marshall + 1208
Joe Williams + 62
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
No Games Last 7 Days  
   
   
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1956
Bill Marzano + 603
   
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 900
Tony Stoffo + 553
Bill Marzano + 341
Yesterday's Leaders
Handicapper Money
No Games Yesterday  
   
   
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 2026
Joe Williams + 1559
Bill Marzano + 989
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy NFL Perfect Lineup Contest