Avs, Kings Skate To 5-5 Tie


The way the winless Colorado Avalanche have started the season, a tie is worth more than one point in the standings. It's practically cause for celebration.

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  • Sylvain Lefebvre and Claude Lemieux scored goals in the final two minutes to force overtime as the Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings skated to a 5-5 tie Sunday.

    The Avalanche are still without a victory in their first five games (0-4-1) -- and off to the worst start in franchise history.

    "You can't quit. Maybe all the unfortunate bounces that haven't gone our way will start going our way now," Lemieux said. "A lot of guys, myself included, haven't been lucky. We've played well and had a lot of good scoring chances, but ran into some hot goaltenders and got shut out twice. If we keep playing like this, we're going to be all right."

    The Avalanche had three shots in overtime and the Kings managed just one.

    Los Angeles, which beat Boston 2-1 in overtime Friday, blew three one-goal leads in the game and had a 5-3 lead disappear in the closing minutes.

    Even worse, the Kings lost both their goalies to injuries. Stephane Fiset, who had 20 saves, left the game because of a right groin strain with 12:47 remaining. Trainer Pete Demers said Fiset injured himself with a butterfly move on his first save of the third period.

    Fiset's replacement, Jamie Storr, made nine saves despite injuring his left groin and playing in obvious pain.

    "Jamie's seems to be more severe," Demers said. "It's too early to say how long they'll be out."

    The Kings begin five-game East Coast trip Wednesday. Coach Larry Robinson said the team will recall goalies Manny Legace from minor-league Long Beach and 18-year-old Alexey Volkov from minor-league Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    Glen Murray gave the Kings a 4-3 lead on a power-play goal at 4:51 of the third. With Adam Deadmarsh off for tripping, Doug Bodger fired a shot from the top of the right circle that hit a Colorado defender and went to Murray. He sent the puck through the legs of Colorado goalie Patrick Roy, who had 18 saves.

    "We responded in the first and second periods, but we just didn't show up for the last 10 minutes of the third," Murray said.

    Yanic Perreault made it 5-3 on a wrist shot that again went through the legs of Roy, who came out of the crease, at 18:20 of the third.

    Lefebvre and Lemieux got to a rusty Storr, who started one game this season. Lemieux's shot slid under Storr's right leg at 19:35 to force overtime.

    "When we had the 5-3 lead, on the fourth (Colorado) goal, we made two bonehead plays from guys who should know better," Robinson said. "We turned the puck over at their (Avalanche) blue line, instead of getting it in deep and then Jamie tried to clear it out when he should have just left it for the defense."

    The Avalanche needed a video review to tie the game 3-3 skating shorthanded at 15:38 of the second period. Joe Sakic's first shot hit the post, he got the rebound and the puck went off the other post and behind Fiset, who turned around to grab it. But the puck slid just over the goal line as the Kings saw their second one-goal lead of the game disappear.

    Rob Blake put Los Angeles ahead 3-2 on his first goal of the season, a wrist shot from the top of the right circle that hit Roy's stick and went in at 13:30 of the second.

    "Maybe it's good to get away with a tie," said Roy, who is 0-3-1. "Maybe it'll get us going, especially me. I'll have to play better. I haven't done my job."

    Part of Colorado's problem under rookie coach Bob Hartley is that Peter Forsberg has yet to score a goal. The Avalanche were 16-0-6 last season when he did find the net. He had three assists Sunday.

    "Peter is getting to be where we feel he should be," Hartley said. "He had his best game tonight."

    Colorado's other goals were scored by Deadmarsh and Chris Drury, who scored his first in the NHL.

    The Kings also got goals from Matt Johnson and Mattias Norstrom, both their first of the season.

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