Mathieu Garon stopped 32 shots for his 16th win, outdueling both
"I thought we played hard and got ourselves back in the game,"
Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said. "We stayed with it to the
But it was another game -- the second straight -- in which he was
forced to pull an underachieving goalie.
Budaj was yanked 11 minutes in after surrendering two goals on
four shots. Aebischer gave up three goals in 20 shots.
"(Pulling a goalie) is something you don't like doing,"
Quenneville said. "In the last game it worked, and tonight, it
Milan Hejduk scored two goals, and Brett McLean added one in the
third period for Colorado, which has lost three of five.
Cammalleri, Visnovsky and Demitra scored in the first period to
give the Kings a 3-1 lead. Budaj let Cammalleri's shot get between
his skate and the left post at 8:30 for his seventh goal in nine
Visnovsky scored from the slot on a give-and-go with Derek
Armstrong at 11:05, 15 seconds into a power play. Budaj was
immediately replaced by Aebischer, the second time in two games the
Avalanche made a change in the first period.
McLean got the Avalanche back to 2-1 at 18:59 on a rebound shot
after Garon stopped Hejduk on a 2-on-1 break. Los Angeles regained
a two-goal edge when Aebischer whiffed on Demitra's shot from just
beyond the blue line with 21 seconds left in the period.
"It was a great goal," Demitra said sarcastically. "I tried
to hit the puck as hard as I can. It was a knuckler that kept
"It was the biggest goal of the night," Murray said. "It came
right after they had cut the lead and put them back on their
Hejduk scored off a rebound of Rob Blake's shot with Colorado on
the power play at 8:03 of the second period. Demitra countered with
his second goal at 13:03 on a shot that caromed off the right post
into the net to give Los Angeles a 4-2 lead heading into the third
Kostopoulos made it 5-2 when he got free for a one-timer at 8:21
of the third period. Hejduk got his second of the game at 12:38.<
^Notes@: The Avalanche sent G Vitaly Kolesnik to Lowell of the AHL.
... D Aaron Miller was a scratch for the Kings because of a sore
lower back. ... Aebischer was booed as he left the ice during the
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Arena: Pepsi Center Location: Denver, Colorado
Referees: Tim Peel, Dean Warren Linesmen: Lyle Seitz, Mark Wheler
Attendance: 18,007 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Mike Cammalleri (14)
Assists: Derek Armstrong, Lubomir Visnovsky
Lubomir Visnovsky (9)
(Power Play) Assists: Craig Conroy, Pavol Demitra
Brett McLean (4)
Assists: Milan Hejduk, Pierre Turgeon
Pavol Demitra (19)
Assist: Craig Conroy
Milan Hejduk (9)
(Power Play) Assists: Rob Blake, Joe Sakic
Pavol Demitra (20)
Assists: Mike Weaver, Tim Gleason
Tom Kostopoulos (3)
Assists: Dustin Brown, Jeff Giuliano
Milan Hejduk (10)
Assists: John-Michael Liles, Pierre Turgeon