Rocky Mountain High
The Kings and Avs started slow, but the Kings soon got a power play. Not long after that, the Kings got a 5-on-3 power play, and Craig Conroy finally scored his first of the season to put the Kings up 1-0.
So far, the Kings are continuing their pattern of outshooting their opponents. They are up 10 shots to 1 midway through the first. But in the second half of the period, the Avs outshot the Kings 10-1.
Avery got a penalty by spraying ice at the goaltender. Avery's penalty led to a goal by Marek Svatos. Then 25 seconds later, Wojtek Wolski put one past Dan Cloutier, who was pushed out of position by Dustin Brown. Just like that, the Kings are down.
First period: Avalanche 2, Kings 1
The second period started with a breakaway by Avery, who was denied by Theodore. An off-setting penalty between Norstrom and McLean brought some four-on-four action. Lubo Visnovsky scored his fourth goal of the year to tie the game at 2-2.
The Kings continued the pressure through two line changes. A high-sticking penalty by Thornton caused the Kings to be on the penalty kill. But with a minute gone, Avery poked a giva-and go from Frolov past Theodore, to make it 3-2.
Then, Thornton came out of the box and jumped in the play. He then redirected a Cammalari pass to score his first goal of the season to make it, 4-2. Kopitar had an assist on the play. Colorado called a timeout to try and cool down the Kings. So far, the Kings have scored four different ways: a goal 5-on-3, 4-on-4, then shorthanded, then even strength.
Tom Kostopoulos got nailed into the boards by Cody McCormack, who didn't get called for the vicious hit. In payback, Dustin Brown took out John-Michael Liles on the boards on what appeared to be a clean check. However, the officials disagreed, and Brown was whistled for roughing.
With two minutes left, Kopitar was fed a pretty pass by Frolov to score his fifth of the season, lifting the Kings, 5-2. The four goal outburst was the Kings largest in one period this season, as the Kings go into the locker room up on the scoreboard.
Second period: Kings 5, Avalanche 2
The Kings are 4-0-2 when leading after two periods. Budaj came in to replace Theodore.
Brett McLean scored a weak goal early in the third to cut the lead to 5-3. Lappy had the assist, along with Patrice Breisbois. The Kings turned around and started pressuring Colorado, which was something they didn't do last game.
However, a holding penalty by Visnovsky led to a quick-wrister by Joe Sakic to make it a one-goal game. But a penalty by McLean put the Kings back on the power play, and Avery slipped a puck past Budaj for Avery's second of the night. The refs reviewed the goal, it was kicked back quickly, and Avery's goal stands. The Kings regained a two-goal lead, 6-4.
The Kings start to ease up off the throttle, as Colorado got several good chances with less than 3 minutes left in the game. This resulted in a shot by Tyler Arnason going past Cloutier to make it 6-5. Lappy gets another assist.
Colorado pulled their goalie, and then Lappy drew a penalty against Norstrom, letting the Avs to have a power play late in the game. But smart penalty killing by the Kings killed any chance of a tying goal.
Third period: Kings 6, Avalanche 5
Cammalari and Frolov each had three assists. The Kings have outshot their opponents for five straight games.
Stars of the game: Sakic (1G, 1A), Kopitar (1G, 1A), and Frolov (3 A).
Great summary!! Was anyone as disgusted as I was about the officiating? How can Matty get a diving call and not Lappy? I thought his head was going to fly off he embellished so much! The call on Brown was just as lame.
At least be consistant!!
agree 100 percent.
Originally Posted by Rookie
Lappy was doing his best Avery impression there... was pretty blatent, but I'm not sure the ref who called the penalty had the right angle to see the embellishment.
Great recap Matt. Keep it up!
4-0-2, well now 5-0-2, when leading after 2 periods? Wow, I had no idea.
yea dudde... i had n oclue iither... but thats pretty cool... at least we have something in writeing that shows that were not that bad
Originally Posted by petey
did anyone see Avery act like an ass towards Bob Miller after the game on Kings Live. typical Avery, no class. Take responsibility for your stupid penalty and learn from it.....
I agree with Spidey, Avery was an ASS to Miller !! I can see Avery still needs to grow up.