Kings Crown Avalanche


Losing a second goaltender to injury in a month didn't hurt the Los Angeles Kings.

Marcel Couisneau made 20 saves after replacing Jamie Storr as the Kings beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-2 Tuesday night.

"We have had setbacks all along the way and have kept battling," said Los Angeles coach Andy Murray, who lost starting goalie Stephane Fiset with a bruised right hand Nov. 9. "Marcel was solid when Jamie got hurt and he went in there our team rallied in front of him."

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  • The Kings picked up the tempo offensively. Vladimir Tsyplakov and Rob Blake scored 52 seconds apart in a four-goal third period.

    Glenn Murray and Blake scored twice for Los Angeles, which had lost two straight.

    "When you come in like I did, it makes it a lot easier when you have a couple of goals to breath," Cousineau said. "I'd only known about Jamie with a couple of minutes left in the first period."

    Cousineau replaced Storr, who suffered a strained right groin, at the start of the second period and played for the first time since being called up Nov. 11 from Long Beach.

    "Storr is injured," Murray said. "We tested him and he had 20 percent strain on his groin after the first period and we'll need to meet and discuss our options."

    The Avalanche lost despite the return of Joe Sakic, who was cleared to play after the morning skatearound and scored a goal. Dave Reid added a goal for Colorado which lost its third consecutiv home game.

    "I felt rusty and missed a couple of chances," said Sakic, who failed to score on two first period breakaways. "Overall, I felt good, but will need some rest the next couple of days."

    Tsyplakov scored his fourth goal of the year at 1:36 of the second on a perfect pass from Len Barrie. Rob Blake scored on a shot from right point at 2:28.

    Reid brought the Avalanche within 3-2 at 6:16, but Rob Blake scored on a rocket from the slot at 9:20 and Jason Blake beat Marc Denis on backhander on a feed from Rob Blake at 19:25 to give Los Angeles a three-goal lead after two periods.

    Sakic, who had missed six games with a rib injury, scored on the power play in the first period, his first goal since Nov. 3.

    Murray tied it for Los Angeles at 13:35, sending a rebound past Denis, who was not sharp in losing for the first time in three starts.

    "We could have put them away in the first period, but lacked focus," Colorado coach Bob Hartley said. "The team as deep as the Kings are offensively, will make you pay."

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