Kings: Kopitar scores but L.A. gives two back

January, 21, 2012
1/21/12
9:24
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After the 2nd period:

Colorado Avalanche 2, Kings 1

The good: The Kings struck first, getting a goal from Anze Kopitar with 14:34 remaining in the period. Justin Williams passed the puck out from behind the net to Dustin Brown, who sent a one-timer at Colorado goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere from the left faceoff circle. Giguere made the save but couldn’t squeeze the puck and it trickled to his side, where Kopitar was waiting to stuff it past the goal line for his team-leading 15thgoal of the season. Kopitar, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury against the Avalanche last season, had 16 goals at the All Star break a year ago. Williams received an assist on the play, giving him at least a point in seven straight games.

The bad: The Kings couldn’t hold the one-goal lead as Colorado caught the defense on a shift change and Stefan Elliott made a perfect pass up the seam to Cody McLeod who had a couple strides on Kings defensemen Matt Greene and Willie Mitchell. He got just enough on the shot to slide it under the pad of Kings goalie Jonathan Quick to tie the score, 1-1, with 6:25 left in the middle frame. The Avs took the lead with 1:05 left in the period when Peter Mueller deflected a slap shot from T.J. Galiardi past Quick. The Kings are still way short of their shot-on-goal average this season. They’ve managed just 13 thus far and didn’t get one in the second period until Brown’s shot just before Kopitar’s goal. Overall, they had just one shot on net for a nearly 21-minute stretch that spanned from the first to the second period. Defensively, Jack Johnson had three of L.A.’s eight giveaways.

The in between: Mitchell is playing in his 100th game as a member of the Kings. He has yet to register a hit, blocked shot, shot on goal or any other meaningful statistic.

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