Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Jarret Stoll’s third-period goal turned out to be the game-winner, as the Los Angeles Kings held off a Colorado rally to beat the Avalanche, 4-3, at Staples Center.
The Kings scored the game’s first four goals, with Stoll’s capping the run 5:47 into the final period. The Avalanche nearly pulled off the big comeback, getting within one when Stoll accidentally kicked Paul Stastny’s backhander into the Los Angeles net with 29.3 seconds remaining.
However, goaltender Jonathan Quick and the Kings didn’t allow the equalizer and held on for their third consecutive win. Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar both had a goal and an assist, while Quick made 14 saves.
David Jones scored twice for Colorado, which has dropped two in a row and 12 of 13 overall. Brian Elliott turned aside 38 shots in the setback.